Monday saw the much-anticipated Apple 2016 announcement – so was it worth the wait, speculation and hype?
Tim Cook, the Apple CEO, took centre stage at tech giant’s Cupertino campus to introduce the usual round of software updates, a new iPad, a cheaper and more colourful Apple Watch and, of course, that new iPhone SE.
The iPhone SE
As expected, Apple has bucked the trend of ‘bigger, faster, thinner’ and will release a smaller smartphone later this month.
The iPhone has grown over the last decade, from a screen size of 3.5 inches on the original iteration, to a 5.5-inch screen on the iPhone 6S Plus, but the SE will have a scaled-down 4-inch screen.
Although it still looks like the now-discontinued 5S, it has the same processor and graphics capabilities as the 6S – the A9 chip works at twice the speed of the 5S, it has a 12MP camera, 4K video, an NFC chip to work with Apple Pay, and the hands-free Hey Siri voice assistant.
Orders for the phone will be taken from tomorrow (March 24) and will be available from next Thursday (March 31).
The iPad Pro
The Apple Watch is having little more than a cosmetic facelift and will come with a new line of straps, including sport and leather bands, woven nylon bands, and a space black Milanese bands.
Apple is also going to drop the price to try and get more people to take up the wearable tech.