If the iPad Mini is the bride, then the other three new computers being announced next week are the bridesmaids.
Apple is expected to not only unveil a smaller tablet, but also an updated Mac Mini, iMac and a 13-inch version of its MacBook Pro with Retina display. We touched on the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro earlier today.
“According to 9to5 Mac, who typically has a great track record in terms of Apple rumors, a 13-inch version of the MacBook Pro with Retina display will be unveiled and potentially released this month alongside the iPad Mini — a 7.85-inch tablet that is expected to compete heavily against Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD and Google’s Nexus 7.”
But what is also expected is a new Mac Mini, which is certainly welcomed, as it hasn’t been updated in nearly a year and a half. Updates should be basic, but they could also be significant.
Maybe the Mac Mini will feature a solid-state hard drive, allowing to make it thinner. That would also make it faster.
Also from 9to5 Mac: These new Mac minis are said to begin shipping immediately after announcement. Apple last redesigned the Mac mini with a unibody aluminum enclosure in 2010, and last updated the computer with faster processors last summer. These current Mac minis are on last-generation chipsets and lack USB 3.0, so we should be seeing those components updated in these new models.
And completing the Mac trifecta, we can soon see an updated iMac, with a rumored “drastically new physical design.”
According to a report from SlashGear, the new iMac will feature a distinctive “new physical design” that adopts a teardrop-shaped profile.
Then there’s the iPad Mini, but we already know a lot about that.
The smaller tablet will be significantly thinner and feature a 7.85-inch screen. It’s rumored to be priced at $320 for an 8GB model.
The iPad Mini event is scheduled for Oct. 23.