Apple Goes Smaller but More Powerful With iPhone SE

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2016-03-21
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Apple Goes Smaller but More Powerful With iPhone SE

    Apple launched a smaller iPhone (the SE), unveiled another edition of the iPad, previewed iOS 9.3 and offered an update on Apple TV.
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    Cook Gets Right to the Point

    CEO Tim Cook started by addressing the current hotly contested issue of how much control government should have when it comes to encrypted data on personal electronic devices. "We built the iPhone for you, our customers, and we know it is a deeply personal device," he said. "With that, comes a significant responsibility. We need to decide, as a nation, how much power the government should have over our data and our privacy. We owe it to our customers, and we owe it to our country. This is an issue that impacts all of us, and we will not shrink from this responsibility."
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    iPhone SE—That's Right, Just 'SE'

    The 4-inch iPhone SE isn't a new version of the iPhone 5 or 6, it's just the iPhone SE. It features a 12-megapixel camera, has an improved battery, works hands-free by calling out "Hey, Siri," and features a 64-bit A9 processor and M9 motion coprocessor. Oh, and it's now available in four colors, including rose gold.
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    As Powerful as iPhone 6S, Only Smaller

    With its 64-bit A9 processor and M9 motion coprocessor, the iPhone SE provides as powerful a CPU performance as an iPhone 6S and twice as powerful as an iPhone 5, Apple claims.
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    Big Camera Improvements

    As shown by the data points on this slide, Apple has bumped the camera performance way up on the iPhone SE. "It's the most powerful 4-inch phone ever," product manager Jeff Williams said. Pricing starts at $399 for the 16GB model, with the 64GB tagged at $499.
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    4K Video

    The iPhone SE also has the ability to shoot and capture 4K video, a first for Apple. iPhone SE pre-orders begin March 24, with availability starting March 31.
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    WiFi Calling

    The iPhone SE also features a 802.11ac WiFi radio and the ability to make phone calls using WiFi only. Its networking has been clocked at up to 433M bps—three times faster than the iPhone 5s.
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    9.7-inch iPad Pro Gets a Makeover

    Some of the highlights, in case you cannot read them on this slide, are as follows: 64-bit A9 chip, wide-color Retina display, four-speaker audio, 4K video, 12 megapixel iSight camera, Retina flash and iOS 9.3.
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    iPad Pro Pricing

    The new iPad Pro starts at $599 for the 9.7-inch, 32GB model for WiFi only, and ranges up to $1,099 for the 12.9-inch, 256GB iPad Pro.
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    New Apple TV Apps

    Cook noted that there are now more than 5,000 apps for Apple TV in the AppStore, including dictation, Siri, iCloud Photo Library, and Folders for images and video.
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    Apple Watches

    Cook noted that the Apple Watch, launched two years ago, is now the "No. 1-selling smartwatch in the world," without giving sales numbers. He observed that "about one-third of Apple Watch users change their bands regularly," so the company showed some colorful new choices for those folks. Apple has lowered the entry-level price for the watches to $299.
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    Liam, the Robot That Takes iPhones Apart

    Apple Senior Vice President Lisa Jackson showed a video that highlights an Apple-designed and -made robot, called Liam, that is used to take apart recycled iPhones to reuse some of the components. It unscrews screws, pulls out silver and gold parts, discards unusable components and generally helps the environment by doing all this.
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    Ready for Liftoff?

    Cook said the next Apple event will be held in a futuristic new auditorium on its new campus in Cupertino—located on the same lot Hewlett-Packard used for more than two generations.
 

As far as Apple launch events go, the one on March 21 on the Infinite Loop in Cupertino, Calif., was not terribly noteworthy. The company didn't introduce any major new products. It launched the iPhone SE, a trimmed down addition to its iPhone line with a 4-inch screen. Apple also unveiled another edition of the iPad, previewed iOS 9.3, showed some new watch bands, offered an update on Apple TV and gave updates on sales and how some of its vertical-specific apps (namely health and environment) are doing in the marketplace. Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed the controversial issue of government control. The March 21 launch event turns a page in Apple's 40-year history: The next corporate event will be held at the company's new spaceship-like headquarters across Highway 280 (see the final page in this slide show) from the original campus. We touch on the highlights of Apple's first press conference of 2016 and its first product-update event in several months. (Photos by Chris Preimesberger, eWEEK)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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