Apple’s new iPhone SE and iPad Pro prove that small is beautiful again
Dispatches from Cupertino
The other day, a colleague picked up my iPhone 5 and said: "This belongs to the museum." That's coming from someone who owns an iPhone 6S — a giant that immediately dwarfs my phone if you place them side by side.
Yes, size matters, but following Apple's special event held earlier this morning at Cupertino, California, it seems like the tech giant's forgoing the upsize button in favour of devices that you can hold in the palm of your hand.
Small is beautiful again, but this time around, size is not a barometer of prowess. The new 4-inch iPhone SE packs in a cocktail of the latest technologies, ranging from a 12-megapixel rear camera and 5 -megapixel front-facing camera, M9 co-processor, and the same A9 chip you'll find in the iPhone 6s. Avid Snapchatters and amateur Jean-Luc Godards will also appreciate the ability to shoot 4K (3,840 x 2,160) videos. Furthermore, the 4-inch display matches the iPhone 5s and 5c in terms of its 1,136 x 640 pixel resolution.
At 9.7 inches, the new iPad Pro weighs less than 500g. Impressively, it still manages to pack in an A9X chip (placing it in the same league as most portable PCs), a four-speaker audio system, a 12-megapixel iSight camera, 4K video, a less reflective display, and 5 megapixel FaceTime HD Camera. A new Smart Keyboard — which doesn't need to be charged or paired over Bluetooth — has also been designed for this lighter, more manageable iPad Pro, so you can actually hammer out some emails beyond punching the screen with two fingers.
iPhone SE will be available in space grey, silver, gold and rose gold metallic finishes in 16GB and 64GB models starting at $658.
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro comes in silver, space grey, gold and a new rose gold metallic finish, and starts at $898 for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $1098 for the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. Both iPad Pro sizes are available in offerings of 32GB, 128GB and a new 256GB capacity, the highest of any iOS device.
You can pre-order the new iPhone SE and iPad Pro from 24 March. For more information, click here.