Apple continues to develop, produce and release more advanced products, and with the predicted release of the new MacBook Pro in June this year and the new iPad Mini to be launched at some point in the second half of the year, they show no signs of stopping. Following the fuss that surrounded the release of the iPhone 5 (including technical errors with iPhone Maps, that have now been fixed), the release of these two new products is likely to be released with almost as much anticipation and pressure. So what will the new MacBook Pro and iPad Mini offer consumers that previous iterations do not?

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Retina or regular?

Apple have always kept quiet about their new releases, allowing the rumor mill to do much of their marketing for them and leaving sites such as Mac Rumors to generate interest and excitement on their behalf. Even cellphone stores are kept in the dark about the arrival date of the latest iPhones, leaving store clerks to repeat themselves thousands of times a day when asked when it will arrive. One analyst, Ming Chu Kuo, has predicted that the new Macbook Pro will appear at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. Ming Chu Kuo, an analyst at KGI securities, has been known to accurately predict releases in the past for Apple products. In recent years, there has been much speculation surrounding the possibility of a retina display for all MacBooks, including both Airs and Pros. According to Ming Chu Kuo, the new Pro and Air will be based on the latest Haswell processors from Intel, which should boost performance of the machines while prolonging battery life. This should please many customers who frequently use their MacBooks for long periods of time and don’t want to have to worry about constantly charging it.

The Retina display is Apple’s LCD screen that has been developed to have a pixel density so high that people do not see the pixels if they are sitting at a regular distance away from the screen. The Retina display was trademarked in 2012 and has been a feature on the iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5, the third iPad and the MacBook Pro, as well as the fourth and fifth generation iPod Touches. But will it be used for the new MacBook Pro? According to Mac Rumors, Kuo is fairly confident now that while the Retina line will be continued, Apple will also be continuing the production of the MacBook Pro without a Retina display, as the lower price attracts some customers.

Is it a phone? Is it a tablet? No, it’s an iPad Mini

The iPad Mini first made its way onto the market in November 2012, but few people had the guts to joke about the fact that it was somewhere between an iPhone and an iPad. Back when the first generation iPad was released in April 2010, some competitors criticized it, confidently assuming that no one would ever buy something that was too big to be convenient and had processing power that was too poor to warrant the size. How those critics are blushing now, after every major consumer electronics company has released their own tablet. Needless to say, they kept fairly quiet about the iPad Mini. The benefit of the iPad Mini is that it has taken the processing power of the iPad and packed it into a smaller package, while ensuring that the screen is large enough for watching movies, for example. This year, the iPad Mini is set to hit the market with a new Retina display, making the viewing experience even more enjoyable than before. Mass production of the Retina display is set to begin in the summer for the new iPad Mini, which will provide it with the same resolution as the full-size Retina iPad. This will ensure that apps will work across iPads and iPad Minis, so allowing for a larger market for iPad apps.

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While no prices have been released for the new products, comparing the price of the iPad with that of the Retina iPad can give a good idea of how much extra value the Retina display would add to the iPad Mini. The latest generation 16GB non-Retina iPad is currently priced on the Apple Store at $529 with cellular capabilities, or $399 without, while the 16GB Retina display iPads are priced at $629 with cellular or $499 without. It is fairly likely, therefore, that the Retina display for the iPad Mini could come with an extra $100 on the price tag. This may well be acceptable for the improved user experience, but it would bring the price up to $559 for cellular capabilities or $429 just with Wi-Fi, making it absolutely worthwhile to invest in gadget insurance. When choosing either iPhone insurance or gadget insurance, it is generally advised that consumers weigh up the cost of the insurance with the cost of replacing the phone or gadget should it get lost, stolen or broken. With the estimated price of the new MacBook Pro and the iPad Mini with Retina display, insurance is likely to be the best value option. With any luck, all will be revealed at this year’s WWDC from June 10 to June 14.

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