I sold my iPad 3 last week in anticipation of the iPad mini and nothing that happened tonight made me think that was an error. I would have liked the price of the lowest model to be £249 in the UK, but I can swallow £269 for what I have always considered to be a much more practical size, and one that does not reduce what I can do with a tablet much at all.
I owned a Google Nexus 7 for a week and it made me realise that the size is ideal for me, but I didn't particularly like the device overall once I had some time with it. For a £70 premium, the iPad mini feels like a much better buy for me and the fact I need an iPad for freelance work confirms the deal anyway. Even if I didn't need one for work, I would still get one- this is the best tablet for my needs I have seen to date.
The new iMac looks lovely, but there is little there to make me move from my one year-old iMac. The design is stunning, but so is the previous model and desktops are not like tablets and smartphones when it comes to longevity. I fully intend to use my current iMac until it can do no more for me and it is doing a 'lot' for me at the moment with no performance problems at all. The lack of a DVD drive is a problem for me as well and I don't want to add on an attachment for that. I am also far from convinced about the new starting price of £1,099- that doesn't make sense in the current PC market where the competition is so much cheaper. I accepted the premium price of my iMac because I knew it would serve me for many years, but the gap is too far now for many to even consider one. Bizarre move if you ask me.
The new MacBook Pro is perfect for the audience it is aimed at and so is the new Mac Mini. The Mini in particular continues to be a hugely impressive product that acts as the gateway to Mac for many and the price is about right for what it is.
So that's it. The iPad mini: yes indeed. The iMac: too expensive. The Mac mini and MacBook Pro: not bad.