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Apple Announces iPad mini (Update: Videos Added)

Submitted by lalit on October 23, 2012 - 2:13pm.

Apple today introduced iPad mini, a completely new iPad design that is 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter than the third generation iPad. The new iPad mini features a stunning 7.9-inch Multi-Touch display, FaceTime HD and iSight cameras, ultrafast wireless performance and an incredible 10 hours of battery life?every inch an iPad, yet in a revolutionary design you can hold in one hand.

iPad mini comes in a beautiful new aluminum and glass design that is just 7.2 mm thin and weighs only 0.68 pounds. The 7.9-inch Multi-Touch display delivers the same iPad experience users have come to expect, in a design that has 35 percent more screen real estate than 7-inch tablets and up to an astonishing 67 percent more usable viewing area when browsing the web. The dual-core A5 chip delivers responsive graphics and a fast, fluid Multi-Touch experience, while still providing all-day battery life.

iPad mini features a front-facing FaceTime HD camera and a 5 megapixel iSight camera on the back with advanced optics for taking sharp still pictures and recording full 1080p HD video. The iSight camera includes video image stabilization and both cameras feature backside illumination to let users capture great pictures in low light.

iPad mini features dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi support for speeds up to 150 Mbps, which is twice the Wi-Fi performance compared to previous iPad models. iPad mini is available in Wi-Fi + Cellular models which are world-ready with built-in support for ultrafast wireless standards, including LTE and DC-HSDPA, so you can browse, download and stream content fast from wherever you are.

iPad mini with Wi-Fi models will be available in black & slate or white & silver on Friday, November 2, for a suggested retail price of $329 for the 16GB model, $429 for the 32GB model and $529 for the 64GB model. iPad mini with Wi-Fi + Cellular will be offered for a suggested retail price of $459 for the 16GB model, $559 for the 32GB model and $659 for the 64GB model, and will ship couple of weeks later.

 

Apple Introduces 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Submitted by lalit on October 23, 2012 - 2:01pm.

Apple today introduced an all-new version of its popular 13-inch MacBook Pro featuring a stunning Retina display and all flash storage in a new compact design. At a mere 0.75 inches and 3.57 pounds, the remarkably portable 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is 20 percent thinner and almost a pound lighter than the current 13-inch MacBook Pro.

The new MacBook Pro packs more than 4 million pixels into its 13-inch Retina display, nearly twice the number of pixels in an HD television. At 227 pixels per inch, the Retina display’s pixel density is so high the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels at a normal viewing distance, so images look sharp and text looks like it does on the printed page.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display features 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 processors with the option to choose faster 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7 processors, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 8GB of 1600 MHz memory, and up to 768GB of flash storage. Two Thunderbolt and two USB 3.0 ports allow users to connect to multiple displays and high-performance devices, and a new HDMI port offers quick connectivity to an HDTV. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display also features a FaceTime HD camera, dual microphones, improved speakers, three-stream 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a MagSafe 2 power port. The 13-inch MacBook Pro battery delivers up to 7 hours of wireless productivity and can remain in standby for up to 30 days.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available with a 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage starting at $1,699; and with 256GB of flash storage starting at $1,999. Configure-to-order options include faster dual-core Intel Core i7 processors and flash storage up to 768GB.

 

Live Coverage Apple Media Event (iPad Mini Event) October 23 10AM PST / 1PM EST

Submitted by lalit on October 23, 2012 - 10:44am.

Apple is hosting their second media event in less then 2 months and the rumors are it will be another big one. We will be doing live coverage of the event today starting at 10 AM PST / 1 PM EST/ 6 PM London / 2 AM Tokyo. It is rumored that Apple will not only announce the new iPad mini at the event, but will also showcase the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, new iMac design and Mac mini. Please join us on Live.TechzTalk.com for the live coverage of the event.

 

Apple Announces Another Media Event for October 23

Submitted by lalit on October 16, 2012 - 11:54am.

Apple today sent out invitations for a press event on October 23. The event will be held at California Theatre in San Jose at 10:00 AM. The invitation says “We’ve got a little more to show you.” It is almost confirmed that Apple will announce the new smaller 7.85-inch iPad at the event. There are also rumors that Apple will use the event to showcase the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display and new slimmer teardrop shaped iMac.

As always, we will be doing live coverage of the Apple event, so please join us on October 23 at 10:00 AM PST/ 1:00 PM EST on Live.TechzTalk.com.

 

 

Apple Sells Record Five Million iPhone 5 Units on Launch Weekend

Submitted by lalit on September 24, 2012 - 11:02am.

Apple today announced it has sold over five million of its new iPhone 5, just three days after its launch on September 21, and more than 100 million iOS devices have been updated with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. iPhone 5 is available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK, and will be available in 22 more countries on September 28 and more than 100 countries by the end of the year. Demand for iPhone 5 exceeded the initial supply and while the majority of pre-orders have been shipped to customers, many are scheduled to be shipped in October.

“Demand for iPhone 5 has been incredible and we are working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “While we have sold out of our initial supply, stores continue to receive iPhone 5 shipments regularly and customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date. We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough iPhone 5s for everyone.”

 

Thousands Line Up Around The World For The New iPhone 5 Launch

Submitted by lalit on September 21, 2012 - 1:21pm.

Reports coming in from all over the globe on the new iPhone 5 Launch and its no surprise that Apple has yet another blockbuster launch. Hordes of people lined up, waited in line, camped out well in advance to be the first few to get their hands on the most coveted gadget on the market right now.

Australia was the first country to get the new iPhone 5 with thousands of people lining up at Apple’s flagship store in Melbourne for the launch. Japan and Hong Kong followed Australia for the iPhone 5 launch and the lines were same. In all the nine countries that saw the new iPhone 5 launch, the new device was greeted by long line of people outside Apple stores. According to Analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray, the lines were 83% longer for the iPhone 5 launch than iPhone 4S launch last year.

Below we have added iPhone 5 launch videos from Australia, Japan and New York 5th Ave.

 

 

 

Review Roundup: Apple iPhone 5

Submitted by lalit on September 20, 2012 - 6:47pm.

Apple announced the new iPhone 5 on September 12, 2012 featuring taller 4-inch Retina display, new A6 processor, 4G LTE, 8-megapixel camera and a new aluminum/glass design, which is 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than iPhone 4S. iPhone comes in either white & silver or black & slate, and it’s priced $199 for 16GB model, $299 for 32GB model and $399 for 64GB model.

As always reviews of the new iPhone have been very positive with many reviews calling it the best smartphone available on the market today. Engadget’s Tim Stevens concluded his review by saying “Still, the iPhone 5 absolutely shines. Pick your benchmark and you'll find Apple's thin new weapon sitting at or near the top. Will it convince you to give up your Android or Windows Phone ways and join the iOS side? Maybe, maybe not. Will it wow you? Hold it in your hand -- you might be surprised. For the iOS faithful this is a no-brainer upgrade. This is without a doubt the best iPhone yet. This is a hallmark of design. This is the one you've been waiting for.”

Overall, every reviewer called the new iPhone 5 the best smartphone yet and one analyst even referred to it as ‘Rolex of the smartphones’. Below we have added links to 15 best iPhone 5 reviews posted online:

 

Sony Introduces Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 The World’s First Full-Frame Compact Digital Camera

Submitted by lalit on September 18, 2012 - 5:51pm.

Sony introduced new Cyber-shot DSC RX1 digital camera that packs an advanced 35mm full-frame 24.3 MP Exmor CMOS sensor and exceptionally Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2.0 fixed lens into a highly portable, lightweight camera body. Measuring approximately 4.5 inches wide by 3 inches tall and weighing just over a pound, it’s significantly smaller and lighter than any full-frame DSLR.

According to Sony, this is the first digital camera with 35mm full frame sensor and with the new unified lens and body design it offers performance that few interchangeable lenses camera can match. The camera also features full manual control options and an intuitive user interface, making it easy for photographers to adjust all settings quickly and easily.

The Cyber-shot RX1 camera also features an enhanced BIONZ processing engine that rapidly handles data from the Exmor CMOS sensor and also powers full-resolution burst shooting at up to five frames per second. The powerful processor can output image data in 14-bit RAW format, giving advanced users total freedom to express their creative vision throughout the shooting and post-production processes.

The RX1 camera features By Pixel Super Resolution digital zoom technology, which allows for magnification of image size without sacrificing pixel count. This results in far higher quality results than are achievable with conventional digital zoom. Also, a Smart Teleconverter function crops a central portion of the image sensor, boosting effective magnification by 1.4x or 2x realizing an effective 49mm or 70mm focal length. These features are important as the camera has fixed focal length lens resulting in no optical zoom.

The Cyber-shot RX1 compact, fixed lens camera will be available this November for about $2800. It is available on Amazon for pre-order.

 

Sony Announces Alpha NEX-6 Mirrorless Camera

Submitted by lalit on September 18, 2012 - 3:21pm.

Sony has announced new Sony NEX-6 camera that packs all the imaging power, shooting responsiveness, handling and operability of a DSLR into a pocket-sized mirrorless camera.

The newest addition to Sony’s E-mount camera line-up includes Fast Hybrid AF, Wi-Fi capabilities and the Play Memories Camera Apps platform recently introduced on Sony’s new NEX-5R model, as well as the same high-resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder found on the flagship NEX-7 model. Additionally, the NEX-6 adds a standard DSLR-style mode dial for fast, simple navigation between settings.

The camera’s large Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor offers 16.1 effective megapixels for true DSLR-quality images and detail-packed Full HD video. It’s teamed with a powerful BIONZ image processor that ensures flawless, low-noise images at extended sensitivity settings up to ISO 25600.

The NEX-6 model features an XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF with 2.36 million dot OLED screen and 3.0-inch Xtra Fine LCD display. It also has integrated WiFi that allows photos to be transferred wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet running Sony’s free PlayMemories Mobile app available for both Android and Apple iOS platforms.

The NEX-6 compact system camera will be available this November in a kit with the SELP1650 power zoom lens for about $1,000. It will also be offered as body-only for about $850. Sony NEX-6 is available for pre-order on Amazon.

 

Olympus Introduces PEN E-PL5 and PEN E-PM2 Micro Four Thirds Cameras

Submitted by lalit on September 18, 2012 - 2:06pm.

Olympus announced two new Micro Four Thirds cameras – PEN E-PL5 and PEN E-PM2 that deliver improved image quality, fast image processing and more creative control. Olympus describes the new cameras as follows:

Olympus PEN E-PL5: This powerful performer boasts significant improvements in functionality and ease of use. It features an all-metal body in silver, black or white and is portable enough to travel across the world without sacrificing DSLR image quality and the control that experienced photographers expect. Inherited from its predecessor, the E-PL5 has a swiveling monitor with a greatly expanded swivel range of approximately 170° up and about 65° down, making it easier to shoot pictures from low or high angles, and offers the ability to flip the monitor up for self-portrait shooting.

Olympus PEN E-PM2: The ultra-compact, simple and stylish, smallest and lightest Olympus PEN is designed for people who want to try an interchangeable lens camera for the first time. Available in silver, black, white and red, the E-PM2 offers an intuitive vertical touch navigation menu displayed by pressing the MENU button to provide a fast and easy way to switch modes with fewer steps.

Both the cameras come with same 16.1-megapixel High-Speed Live MOS Sensor, new TruePic VI image processing engine, 3-inch 460,000-dot LCD touchscreen, maximum ISO of 25,600, in-body image stabilization and Olympus Dust Reduction System. The E-PM2 has a fixed LCD screen, while the E-PL5 has swivel LCD.

Olympus PEN E-PL5 Body Only will be Priced $649.99 and with MSC M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED m14-42mm II R f3.5/5.6 Zoom Lens it will be Priced $699.99. It will ship in October in silver, white and black colors.

Olympus PEN E-PM2 Body Only will be Priced $549.99 and with MSC M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED m14-42mm f3.5/5.6 Prime Zoom Lens ?it will be priced $599.99. It will also ship in October in silver, white, black and red colors.

Both the cameras are available for pre-order on Amazon. (Image via DPReview)