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Apple announce iPhone SE and new 9.7-inch iPad Pro

Smaller, faster, cheaper

by Mark Hodgkinson Mar 21, 2016 at 5:26 PM


  • As expected, at their event in Cupertino, earlier, Apple launched a new, smaller and cheaper handset with the iPhone SE.
    The iPhone SE, on the face of it looks almost identical to an iPhone 5, with its 4-inch screen, but boasts the power of an iPhone 6S courtesy of the 64-bit A9 processor and the M9 motion processor.

    It’s what many folks have been crying out for since the launch of the super-sized 6 and it should sell like hot cakes, given the new and reduced entry price which is $399 in the US, off contract, and available at $17/month on contract.

    The iPhone SE is capable of 4k video capture and also has improved network and WiFi performance with a claimed 150Mbps download over LTE(4G) and support for 802.11ac wireless. The iPhone SE will be available on 31 March, in the States, with wider availability to 100 countries by the end of May 2016.
    Apple also announced the new, also smaller, iPad Pro with a 9.7-inch display that is said to be the brightest in a tablet ever with an output of 500 nits. The display also has a wider than ever colour gamut with adherence to the DCI P3 colour space; heck, it could do HDR video if the processor allowed. The screen is also reportedly 40% less reflective than an iPad Air 2 and has a feature which reduces the output of blue energy as the daylight fades to help with eye-strain and, perhaps, even to help you sleep better.

    The new iPad Pro sports an Ethernet port and compatibility with the same accessories - Pencil, Keyboard etc- and there will be new SD card readers and USB camera adapters too. There’s a 12MP camera on-board also with support for 4k video capture and the new iPad Pro is powered along by the A9X processor. As per the new iPhone SE it will be available on March 31 with options of 32, 128 and 256GB of built-in storage.

    Apple also announced the launch of iOS 9.3 and an upcoming update for the new Apple TV.

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