It’s been quite a trying time for Apple. Following many months of rumors, the multibillion dollar tech giant finally set the records straight. At the Apple iPhone SE event, the company showcased not one, but two brand new devices. But was it worth the hype? Well, we’ll just have to find out. Here are the top things that happened at Apple’s iPhone SE event.
The iPhone went plus size, then shrunk.
Following in the footsteps of its predecessor comes the Apple iPhone SE. Specswise, it’s pretty much identical to the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. So what’s different? Well it shrunk, literally. The new iPhone SE is 4-inches, has the same A9 processor as the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus and also supports Apple’s Live Photos. Retailing from $399 for the 16GB version, it will be available for preorders from the 24th of March 2016.
A smaller iPad Pro
The iPhone isn’t the only thing that got smaller. The iPad Pro boasts a footprint of just 9.7-inchesand is thus far the first tablet to come in a rose gold version. As for storage, you get a new 256GB capacity model. In addition, the iPad Pro also incorporates a brand new display that is significantly brighter and 40% less reflective than the previous iPad Air 2.
But wait, there’s more. The iPad Pro also with louder speakers and improved 12MP camera in the rear and a 5MP iSight front-facing camera. This too will be available for preorder from the 24th of March 2016 at a starting price of $599 for the 32GB model.
Due to this, the iPad Air 2 dropped in price, from $499 to $399.
iOS 9.3 brings Night Shift to iPhones and iPads
After spending many months in beta, Apple finally released its iOS 9.3 update, thus far the biggest iOS update since iOS 9.0 launched last year. With the update, you receive the Night Shift feature which changes the color temperature of the display at night in order to reduce eye strain.
The update also adds password protection features for the Notes app, improvements to the Health and News apps and a feature that will alert you if your employer is keeping tabs on your iPhone.
Apple Watch gets a price break
The once $349 Apple watch now starts off at $299 and also has a multitude of new bands to choose from including a Milanese Loop in space black and a lineup of colorful woven nylon bands.
Apple’s recycling robot
In an attempt to showcase the company’s stance at environmental protection, Apple also showed off a new robot called Liam, whose sole purpose in life is to disassemble used iPhones to make old iPhones easier to recycle.
Apple TV gets voice search
With the latest update to Apple’s TV software, tvOS, users now have voice search features (via Siri), support for Live Photos and iCloud Photo Libraries as well as dictation and app folders.
This also means that you can now enter in usernames and passwords with your voice, as opposed to keying in letters and/or numbers with the Siri remote.
Apple expands ResearchKit
Supposedly an expansion of the company’s ResearchKit framework, CareKit is an open source framework that give developers the ability to create apps based on data collected from users through ResearchKit. Expected to be launched in April, the first app will focus on Parkinson’s with an app to help patients gauge how they are responding to treatments.