Apple, alongside announcing a new PRODUCT (RED) iPhone 7, new iPad and Watch bands, also hid a few changes to two of their product lines. Whilst not necessarily updating them in many ways, they did announce storage Capacity changes beginning with the iPad mini 4.
Prior to today, the iPad mini 4 was available in 32GB and 128GB capacities, after a 16GB model was dropped, now however Apple are removing the 32GB option and selling just one iPad mini 4, the 128GB option. Whilst that naturally does mean the iPad mini 4 will start at a higher price than the £379 it used to, the 128GB size does get cheaper down from £469 to it’s new price of £419! The new iPad mini 4 128GB price will begin this coming Friday 24th.
Apple also made storage changes to the iPhone SE, almost un-noticably doubling the storage of the iPhone SE whilst retaining the same £379 and £479 price point for SIM Free, this makes the iPhone SE an even more attractive priced Smartphone which, let’s not forget, includes iPhone 6S internals for a pretty incredible price.
The iPhone SE will now come in a new 32GB configuration for £379, and a new much nicer 128GB configuration for a very decent £479, making it, alongside the iPad mini 4, one of the two devices you can get from Apple with 128GB of storage for under £500! The new configurations for the iPhone SE will begin this coming Friday 24th, though you can order one today.
The last of Apple’s updates announced today, alongside the PRODUCT RED iPhone 7 and iPad updates, begin with a collection of new Watch bands as well as a new App called Clips, which allows to create small videos and animations and quickly share them across Social media.
First up are the new collection of Apple Watch bands available for those with any Apple Watch, whether original 2015, Series 1 or Series 2. The new update includes three new colours for the Sports band and six new colours for the Woven Nylon, but our most excited update is that you can FINALLY get the Nike+ bands for your non-Nike+ Apple Watch. These include the White finish, the Black finish and the incredible looking Black / Volt finish with that incredible Black and Lime Green with Yellow tints combo.
What’s also great about all the new Watch bands is that they fall under the £49 bracket, which means they’re all fairly affordable and in our testing of all Apple Watch bands, they last as well.
Apple also today announced a new App which will be coming to iOS called Clips. The New Clips app allows you to create some rather creative looking Clips using text affects, video filters and affects and using AI to present your friends as well. Naturally you’ll be able to natively share your Clips via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Clips will also work with Messages in iOS 10.3.
Whilst no one really needs the Clips app, it’s definitely an interesting Application, though we’ll be able to see more of what it offers once it comes out.
If minor updates are your thing, Apple have updated their iPad Air 2 model however not to an iPad Air 3 to a new name … iPad. Yep, can’t see that getting confusing.
Being the non-Pro iPad means this will literally be a spec bump, though their are a few design changes some will find welcome, including a no longer protruding Camera sensor which was pretty distracting on previous iPads, and remains on the yet to be updated Pro models.
Other than that, the iPad (2017) is generally just a spec bump, gone from A8X to A9 processor inside, which is faster but not significantly, though what we are interested in is that the iPad (2017 is actually slightly cheaper than the Air 2 it replaces which is great, starting at £339, and now doesn’t start at 16GB, but comes in the new usual 32GB and 128GB flavours, with Cellular options for both.
Full pricing: 32GB WiFi is £339, 128GB WiFi is £429, Cellular models are an extra £130.
Other minor differences include the 6S Cameras instead of 6, slightly lighter at 469 grams, but of course even with A9 retains that iPad 10 hour battery life. It remains to be seen whether existing iPad Air 2 cases will fit the iPad (2017).
Like the new PRODUCT RED iPhone 7, the new iPad (2017) will be available this coming Friday 24th and should be a very welcome update to the line.
As expected, Apple did a bit of renovation across their product line today, one of those including giving the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus a bit of a paint job with Apple’s first ever PRODUCT (RED) iPhone, and we have to say this looks incredible!
Whilst most would have preferred perhaps a black front, the device in fact has a white facia, including an almost glowing white Apple logo at the back, all of which result in a beautiful product. The PRODUCT (RED) branding can be seen as well faintly underneath the usual “iPhone” branding at the back.
The device isn’t out just yet however, Apple will begin shipping the new iPhone 7 PRODUCT (Red) models in the same exact price point, though limited to 128GB and 256GB as the usual Jet Black model is, though otherwise the same price. iPhone 7 is also available in Black, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold finishes.
New RED iPhone 7 Unboxing!
Video provided by Marques Brownlee on YouTube.
However, unlike any previous iPhone, proceeds will go towards PRODUCT (RED) charity which funds HIV/AIDS programmes in Africa and beyond.
Order from 24th March at 3PM
Learn more about the new iPhone 7 in PRODUCT (RED) over at Apple’s website here!