Apple confirms rumors at latest press event

For a few weeks now, tech junkies have been speculating about what Apple would announce at their latest press event. All the tech giant teased was that they had a “little more to show,” and bloggers have been guessing that it could be the long rumored iPad Mini and perhaps some upgrades to the Mac Computer line. It turns out Apple confirmed those and announced a lot more.

The highlight of the event was the iPad Mini – clocking in at 0.68 pounds and sporting the same 1,024 x 768 screen resolution as the iPad 2. The screen size is bigger than expected, measuring 7.9 inches.

The smaller version of the tablet has a 10-hour battery life and runs on a dual-core A5 processor. For price points, the baseline 16GB Wi-Fi model is priced at $329 while the top of the line with all the bells and whistles 64GB LTE model retailing for $659. Pre-orders start on Friday and the Wi-Fi versions will ship on November 2, while the LTE versions will follow two weeks later.

There was much more on tap during the event. A fourth generation of the iPad was announced, just six months after the third generation device was released. The device runs on the new A6x chip and has the new Lightning connections. It will come in the same denominations and prices as the current iPad.

Apple also announced upgrades to their Mac product line. First was the 13-inch MacBook Pro models with Retina displays, upgrades to the Mac Mini and redesigned 21.5 and 27-inch iMacs that are so thin they look like they could be iPad Megas.

These devices are sure to find their way into offices as part of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies and IT departments need to ensure their network and mobile security practices are solid. Companies in Ohio that are looking ensure they can handle a BYOD strategy would be wise to partner with an IT consulting firm.

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