Overnight, Apple has unveiled new additions to its flagship iOS devices: the 4-inch iPhone SE and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. We have the Australian pricing and availability information as well as the product specifications for you.
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iPhones have been progressively getting bigger but it seems people are yearning for the smaller form factor offered by the iPhone 5 and 5s. Apple has heard their pleas and has resuscitated the 4-inch design (customers with smaller hands must be squealing with delight right now). The hard edges are back as well, which is good news for those who find the iPhone 6 and 6s’ curves harder to grip onto (myself included).
There is also a new iPad Pro 9.7-inch, smaller than its predecessor and with a better screen.
Both the iPhone SE and the iPad Pro 9.7-inch have comparable hardware compared to previous models (but the iPhone SE doesn't have the iPhone 6s' 3D Touch feature). Let’s look at the specs for both devices.
|iPhone SE||iPad Pro (9.7-inch)|
|OS||iOS 9.3||iOS 9.3|
|Dimensions||123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm||240 x 169.5 x 6.1 mm|
|Weight||113g||437g (WiFi) / 444g (LTE)|
|CPU||Apple A9 dual-core 1.84 GHz (Twister)||Apple A9X dual-core 2.26GHz (Twister)|
|Memory||2GB RAM||4GB RAM|
|Storage||16/64GB internal storage||32/128/256GB internal storage|
|Display||4-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD||9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD|
|Resolution||640 x 1136 pixels (326 ppi)||1536 x 2048 (264 ppi)|
|Camera||12MP rear, 1.2MP front||12MP rear, 5MP front|
|Battery||Li-Po 1642 mAh (non-removable)||Li-Ion battery 27.5 Wh (non-removable)|
iPad Pro 9.7-inch
The iPhone SE and the iPad Pro 9.7-inch, which comes in a variety of colours, will both be available on March 31 with pre-orders opening up a week beforehand on March 25. Apple is currently advertising the devices but doesn’t have an option to register interest. Aussie telcos should have their own pre-order offers closer to the release date.
While the new iPhone SE has been touted as the cheapest full-blown iPhone to be released, Australians probably won’t be happy with the pricing for the local version. The price starts at $679 for the 16GB model but it only costs US$399. At the current exchange rate, the US price converts to around AU$526. The 64GB version will set you back $829.
As for the iPad Pro 9.7-inch, the 32GB tablet will cost $899. The 128GB and 256GB models have been priced at $1049 and $1399, respectively.