Apple's "We've got a little more to show you" media event has come and gone. Most of the predictions I made were correct -- though, with the preponderance of Apple rumors all over the Web, that's not the impressive achievement it might once have been. Anyway here's how I did:
My prediction: An iPad mini of 7.85 inches with a 1024 x 768 resolution but no Retina display with pricing starting at US$329.
The reality: Pretty much what I predicted, but the iPad mini is slightly bigger (7.9 inches) and more expensive.
My prediction: A 13-inch Retina display MacBook Pro with a resolution of 2560x 1600, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage with pricing starting at $1,499.
The reality: A 13-inch Retina display MacBook Pro with a resolution of 2560x 1600, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage with pricing starting at $1,699.
My prediction:: New iMacs in 21-5-inch and 27-inch versions with a thinner profile (and no built-in optical drive), Ivy Bridge processors, USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port and beefier graphics, but no Retina display.
The reality: Pretty much as I said -- though there's no HDMI port and I didn't foresee the Fusion drive.
My prediction: New Mac minis updated with Ivy Bridge processors and USB 3.0 ports. Otherwise, the configurations and pricing will be pretty much the same with two standard configurations and a third that runs Mac OS X Server.
The reality: My prediction was pretty much spot on.
Also, in case you haven't seen the video of the event here are a few more things that might interest you:
° Apple has sold over three million units of its latest iPod touch and iPod nano.
° There are 200 million devices already running iOS 6;.
° Apple users have posted 120 million Documents in the Cloud over the past year.
° Approximately 300 million iMessages have been sent -- and they're being sent at a rate of 28,000 per second.
° The Apple App Store now boasts 35 billion apps.
° There are over 160 million gameplayers on GameCenter.
° There are over 1.5 million books on the iBookstore; customers have downloaded 400 million titles.
-- Dennis Sellers