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iPhone SE announced

Not everyone wants a giant smartphone, and that’s understandable. They’re not incredibly easy to hold, and sometimes they can be difficult to fit in the pocket of your jeans. Because of this, OEMs seem to be toning down the size of their smartphones as of late, and there haven’t been as many 6.0-inch smartphones announced as there were a year or two ago.

This is why Apple is launching a new iPhone today that will cater to folks who prefer smaller screens. Yes, I know this is an Android-focused website, but that doesn’t mean we can’t see what’s going on with the competition. Let’s jump right in, shall we?

iPhone SE specs and features

Apple has just announced the iPhone SE, which is supposedly “the most powerful 4-inch phone ever.” It looks like an iPhone 5s on the outside, but has upgraded internals that are more in line with the iPhone 6 and 6s. It features a 4.0-inch LCD display, an Apple A9 processor with embedded M9 coprocessor, a 12MP iSight rear camera with True Tone flash and a front camera with Retina flash. Unsurprisingly, it comes with support for Apple Pay, 3D Touch and sports a Touch ID-enabled physical home button on the front.

It’ll run the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 9.3.

iPhone SE pricing and availability

iPhone SE pricing

The iPhone SE will be available for pre-order on March 24th starting at $399 for the 16GB version and $499 for the 64GB version. It will be available on March 31st.

iPad Pro

New iPad Pro

The iPhone SE isn’t the only thing that was announced today. Apple also unveiled a smaller version of its iPad Pro. It has a smaller 9.7-inch Retina display that has the lowest reflectivity of any tablet on the market, and the company also says it’s the brightest tablet available. It comes with a True Tone Display, which Apple says will measure the color temperature of ambient light, and adjust the display to match.

New iPad Pro true tone display

Under the hood, it sports an Apple A9X chipset, a 12MP iSight rear camera, a 5MP front camera, and it runs iOS 9.3. Of course, since this is an iPad Pro, Apple is making it compatible with the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil.

It will be available in Silver, Gold, Space Gray and Rose Gold color options. You can pre-order it on March 24th starting at $599 for the 32GB version, $749 for the 128GB version, and there’s also a new 256GB variant that will run $899.


So that’s the latest from Apple. I’m already bracing myself for the “Apple Authority” comments down below, but still, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Are you impressed by any of the new products? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Jimmy Westenberg
Lover of all things Android, Star Wars, dogs, coffee and music.
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