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The big­gest news from Ap­ple’s March 2016 event

Mac Format - - APPLE CORE - writt en by ALEX BLAKE

The low-down on the iPhone SE and iPad Pro

The in­ter­net has been so awash with Ap­ple leaks for the last few weeks and months that noth­ing that was an­nounced at Ap­ple’s ‘let us loop you in’ event in March would have come as

much of a sur­prise. There was a new 4-inch iPhone – but we al­ready knew there would be. There was a smaller, 9.7-inch iPad Pro – but we al­ready knew that too. But while we had an inkling of what was com­ing in the broad­est sense, what about the specifics? What will we be get­ting with these shiny new prod­ucts? Let’s find out.

iPhone SE

Per­haps the most in­ter­est­ing news of the event was the launch of the iPhone SE. It’s more or less an iPhone 6s squeezed into an iPhone 5s chas­sis, so no skimp­ing on the specs here. You get the same A9 chip and M9 mo­tion co­pro­ces­sor as you’ll find in the SE’s big­ger brother, but in a more com­pact – and very pop­u­lar – form fac­tor.

There’s also the same 12MP iSight cam­era, equipped with Fo­cus Pix­els for im­proved aut­o­fo­cus­ing and True Tone flash for more nat­u­rally-lit shots. Plus, the abil­ity to shoot Live Photos and 4K video has come across from the larger iPhones.

It comes with Touch ID and Ap­ple Pay built in to al­low you to pay on the go with­out us­ing your wal­let, while the SE fea­tures 50% faster LTE com­pared to the iPhone 5s, plus 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

Fans of smaller phones will see all this as great news – there’s no longer an en­forced choice be­tween a larger phone with more up-to-date specs or a more com­fort­ably sized de­vice with older com­po­nents inside. If 4-inch phones are your thing, the iPhone SE will be right up your street.

9.7-inch iPad Pro

For months there was much spec­u­la­tion on the re­lease of an ‘iPad Air 3’ (we even de­bated it in MF297’ s Split View), so it was some­thing of a sur­prise when whis­pers emerged be­fore the launch event that Ap­ple would be an­nounc­ing a smaller iPad Pro in­stead. And yet that’s ex­actly what came to pass.

As with the iPhone SE, Ap­ple has taken an al­ready suc­cess­ful for­mula (the iPad Pro) and con­densed it down into a smaller pack­age. So you get the same Ap­ple Pen­cil sup­port as with the 12.9-inch Pro, and the same A9X chip and M9 mo­tion co­pro­ces­sor too. Al­though the size may be smaller, you won’t miss out on power.

In fact, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a cou­ple of things that the 12.9-inch doesn’t – for one thing, it’s avail­able in Rose Gold. It’s also got a new True Tone dis­play that au­to­mat­i­cally ad­justs the colour tem­per­a­ture and bright­ness to match the am­bi­ent light wher­ever you are to aid con­cen­tra­tion and re­duce eye strain. Com­bined with iOS 9.3’s new Night Shift

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro comes with sim­i­lar specs to its larger 12.9-inch cousin – and it gets a new colour, too.

The iPhone SE comes in the same four colours as the larger iPhone 6s, in­clud­ing Gold, Sil­ver, Space Grey and Rose Gold.

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