128GB of flash storage. And you can plug in either a 1TB or 3TB HDD. In software these show up as one drive. And it's built into OS X Mountain Lion. "It just works," Schiller says.
OS stays on flash memory. All the software that comes pre-installed comes on flash storage. Things like media and docs stay on HDD.
Users can also move apps and files over between the two sides of the drive to tweak performance. Schiller pulls up a chart to show how this can help with something like app speed. "You get near the performance of Flash," he says "without having to do anything else."
All base apps and OS elements stay on flash. Other hybrid hard drives often have more like 32GB or 64GB of SSD.
iMac comes with wireless keyboard and a Magic Mouse or Trackpad. Starts at $1,299.
For the 21.5 inch model with 2.7ghz i5 chip. They ship in November.
27-inch iMac w/2.9ghz quad core i5 ships for $1,799. Start shipping in December.
That base iMac is a pretty tempting package.
Schiller says the new model uses up to 50 percent less memory than the previous models.
And that's it for Mac. Schiller hands it back over to Cook.
"These products are really cool," he says. Now onto iPad...
alright, here we go. iPad.
"Each time we get together there's a new number or statistic to illustrate the growth of this product," he says. 2 weeks ago Apple sold its 100M iPad.
Will there just be one, or will they dare to update the larger one, too?
"That's 100 million in just two and a half years. This is unprecedented for a new product in a new category," he adds. Cook says Apple sold more iPads in the June quarter than any PC manufacturer sold.
As for how they're being used, Cook points to Web traffic stats, where the iPad has a 91 percent share versus "other" at 9 percent. No idea where these numbers are coming from though.
Tim Cook had such a nice delivery on "people love their iPads."
"People love their iPads. They love the big, beautiful, multitouch display, the fast fluid responsiveness of Apple's hardware and software working together..." Cook goes on.
"One of the things that is so rewarding and so amazing to us is how quickly the iPad has been embraced in education. Admins, teachers and students have found iPad to be an incredible learning tool."
School and education discussion, now. I had a feeling this would be a big emphasis.
Cook throws up an example from a superintendent at a Texas school talking up the iPad helping teachers teach and students learn. "We saw this early on," Cook says.
Connecting to January's education event.
Cook brings up iBooks Author, the textbook creation software the company rolled out earlier this year.
iBooks textbooks are now available for 80 percent of the US. high school core curriculum, Cook says.
"These are enough to make you want to be a kid again."
iBooks textbooks are now in over 2,500 schools in the U.S.
Now publishers can easily update their books.
And not just the big three publishers who are using it, Cook says. Today: new version of iBooks Author software w/new Apple templates, embedded fonts, as well as mathematical expressions. "This is actually very big," Cook says.
Also new: multi-touch widgets within e-books, and book updates (like apps).