Should you buy the iPhone SE and smaller iPad Pro?
pple's 4-inch iPhone and 9.7-inch iPad had seemingly been left behind by market trends, and many people wondered if Apple might discontinue them. Yet here they are in new incarnations — and both are appealing options for would-be buyers. I was expecting to be underwhelmed by the iPhone SE and new iPad Pro, and instead came away impressed.
The good news is that the iPhone SE is essentially an iPhone 6s, but in a more compact form. And the price is low: free with a two-year contract, $399 if you buy the 16 GB model outright, and $17 per month if you make payments. No one was expecting the iPhone SE to come in at such a low price.
Apple said that a significant number of customers had been asking for a new, more powerful four-inch phone. Until the SE, if you preferred the smaller size, you had to go back two generations to the iPhone 5s. To get state-of-the-art technology, you had to buy a larger phone. The same is true of Apple's competitors: if you prefer the smaller size, you get a lesser phone in all respects.
The iPhone SE includes the A9 and M9 processors, which double the speed and triple the graphics speed compared to the iPhone 5s. The SE includes the same 12-megapixel camera as the iPhone 6s, with True Tone Flash, Live Photos, and the ability to capture 4K video and edit two video streams at the same time using iMovie. It also includes hands-free “Hey Siri” when not connected to a power source. Wireless has also been upgraded, with more LTE bands and faster LTE and Wi-Fi. It includes an NFC chip for Apple Pay. It has most everything the iPhone 6s has except for 3D Touch. A