iPad mini, iMac and Oh God You’re Already Walking Away

I’ve been wanting a smaller iPad for a few years now. I love my iPad 3, but I spend most of my time with it in bed, reading or watching football late at night while my wife sleeps next to me. It’s heavier than I’d like and much bigger in general. The iPad mini seems to be the perfect size.

The only issue, of course, is the non-Retina display. I’m conflicted on this one, because while the consumer in me wants all iOS devices to be Retina, the iOS designer/developer in me knows that if the iPad mini were Retina, it would be a whole new set of UI dimensions to create assets for, which is no good. Of course, the flip side to this is that we will have to keep making non-Retina assets, which is a huge pain. (Update: Sorry, weird assumption on my part here that if they made the iPad mini Retina, it wouldn’t be 2048x1536, which is just silly.)

What I’m really interested in is the new iMac, but Apple isn’t selling that (or even allowing pre-orders) or displaying configuration options just yet, so we’ll have to wait to see exactly what’s possible there. I’ve been using an iMac as my primary machine for several years now and the one I have is phenomenal but lacks USB 3 and has a small SSD drive. I don’t know that I’m going to swap it for a new one, but I’m definitely interested to see what the build-to-order options are. It was sad to see the display isn’t Retina, but I think that’s just too far out of the realm of possibility at this point. A 27-inch iMac in Retina would be very difficult to make—5120x2880 is a hell of a lot of pixels. I’m sure we’ll see one at some point, but it doesn’t look like it will be soon. I do hope Apple refreshes their LED Cinema Display design to match the new iMac, though.

The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is gorgeous, of course. I love my 15-incher and would recommend it to anyone, but the 13-inch version is going to sell even better, I’m sure. It’s odd that while there are a lot of pixels, the actual daily point resolution is the smallest of any modern notebook (1280x800). Funny to see Apple simultaneously pushing the limit on pixels while reducing actual screen size. This will change over time, of course, as Retina displays get bigger.

And hey, where’s iTunes 11?