Apple Event 03/21/16

2016 Brings A New iPad Pro, New iPhone SE And More

by John Carroll on March 24, 2016

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Apple’s media event on Monday, March 21st provided several important updates, a few snazzy new products and some nice upgrades to its existing lineup.

If you have money and poor impulse control… read on.


iPhone SE Four Colors

iPhone SE

Display – 4″ Retina display. 1136‑by‑640‑pixel resolution at 326 ppi. 800:1 contrast ratio (typical).

Processor – A9 chip with 64‑bit architecture. Embedded M9 motion coprocessor.

Camera – Still – 12‑megapixel iSight camera with 1.22µ pixels. Live Photos. Autofocus with Focus Pixels. True Tone flash. Auto image stabilization. Panorama (up to 63 megapixels).

Camera – Video – 4K video recording (3840 by 2160) at 30 fps. 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps. 720p HD video recording at 30 fps. True Tone flash. Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps. Time‑lapse video with stabilization. Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p). Continuous autofocus video. Improved noise reduction. Take 8-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video.

iPhone SE 12MP Camera

Features – Touch ID. Apple Pay. Better battery life with up to 14 hours of 3G talk time an 10 days standby time.

Size – 4.87″ X 2.31″.

iPhone SE Compared

Available Colors – Silver, Space Grey, Gold and Rose Gold.

Price – 16GB – $399. 64GB – $499.

Preorders Start – Thursday, March 12th. Launch Date – Thursday, March 21st.

iPad Pro 9.7" Artist

9.7″ iPad Pro

Display – 9.7″ Retina display. 2048-by-1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi).

Processor – A9X chip with 64‑bit architecture. M9 coprocessor.

iPad Pro 9.7" Compared

Camera – Still – 12-megapixel iSight camera. Live Photos. Autofocus with Focus Pixels. True Tone flash. Panorama (up to 63 megapixels).

Camera – Video – 4K video recording (3840 by 2160) at 30 fps. 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps. 720p HD video recording at 30 fps. Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps. Time-lapse video with stabilization. Cinematic video stabilization.

Audio – Four speaker audio with same axis equalization features as larger iPad Pro.

iPad Pro 9.7" Smart Keyboard Pencil

Apple Smart Keyboard  Now available for the smaller 9.7″ iPad Pro priced at $149.

Apple Pencil – Apple Pencil works with the 9.7″ iPad Pro and costs $99.

Features – Touch ID. Apple Pay. Battery life at up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‐Fi, watching video, or listening to music or up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network.

iPad Pro 9.7" Colors

Available Colors – Silver, Space Grey, Gold and Rose Gold.

Wi-Fi Price – 32GB – $599. 128GB – $749. 256GB – $899.

Wi-Fi With Cellular Price – 32GB – $729. 128GB – $879. 256GB – $1029.

Preorders Start – Thursday, March 24th. Launch Date – Thursday, March 31st.

iPad Pro 12.9" Sketch

12.9″ iPad Pro – Now available with 256GB of memory for $1,099. Faster charging and file transfers now available for all models of the 12.9″ iPad Pro with the new Lightning Port to USB 3.0 adaptor for $39.

iPad Air 2 – With the release of the 9,7″ iPad Pro, the iPad Air 2 gets a $100 price drop across all models.

Apple 2016 Sports Watch Discount

Apple Watch – Apple Sport Watch drops in price by of $50. The 38mm base model now retails at $299 and the 42mm at $349.


iMac 5K With OSX 11

OSX 10.11.4 – Now available for download with several improvements to Notes, new sharing features and bug updates:

  • Passcode-protect notes containing personal data in Notes.
  • Sort notes alphabetically, by date created, or date modified in Notes.
  • Import Evernote files into Notes.
  • Share Live Photos between iOS and OS X via AirDrop or Messages.
  • iBooks can now store PDFs in iCloud, making them available across all your devices.

iOS 10.9.3 – Now available for download adding several new features:

  • Night Shift Mode – With this feature turned on the screen color temperature changes to ease eye strain. Changes are based on the device’s clock and geolocation tools that calculate local sunset time. In practice, as night falls, the screen color changes from blue white to orange.

iOS 9.3 Night Mode

  • Touch ID security for the Notes App.
  • New 3D Touch Actions for the iPhone 6S.

iOS 9.3 Secure Notes

  • Classroom App – Finally an App that allows teachers and school administrators control over software distribution, per-student device management and remote monitoring of devices.

iOS 9.3 Classroom App

  • Improvements to News, Health and Apple Music.

Apple TV OS Update

tvOS 9.2 – Now available for download adding:

  • Folders – As on the iPhone and iPad, users can now place Apps into Folders.
  • Siri – Will now allow you to dictate into text fields including usernames and passwords. Can now find Apps in the App Store. Understands Spanish in the US.
  • iOS style App switcher. Double click and swipe from inside an App.
  • Apple Wireless Keyboards – Now supported. Simply pair using Bluetooth.
  • Photos – Now works with the iCloud Photo Library. Yay. Photos on the new TV have sucked so far.

watchOS 2.2 – Nothing very exciting:

  • Allows multiple watches sync with the same iPhone via Auto Switch.
  • Improvements to the Maps App.

Other Goodies

Apple Watch Nylon Bands

Apple Watch Bands – New materials, colors and color combinations available:

Apple adds nylon bands in 7 colors combinations of two-tone woven patterns.
Sport Band now includes royal blue, apricot and yellow.
Classic buckle adds red and marine blue leather.
Magnetic modern buckle now in blue jay and marigold colors.
Leather loop now available in storm gray and white.
Milanese loop finally available in Space Black

That’s it.

If you’re waiting for new Macbook Pros and Macbook Airs, they’re on the way… but they may not arrive until late June/July after Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference.

Maybe they’ll show up sooner. Only Apple knows.

When they do, expect Skylake CPUs, faster flash storage, faster RAM and on the Airs it’s a good bet you’ll get retina screens.

Have a good weekend.

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2016 Brings A New iPad Pro, New iPhone SE And More was last modified: March 24th, 2016 by John Carroll
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