After several hours of downtime, Apple’s Online Store is slowly coming back up and the iPhone SE and iPad Pro 9.7-inch are both now available for pre-order. The iPhone SE starts at $399 off-contract, while the iPad Pro starts at $599. Deliveries will begin in one week on March 31st.
9to5Mac’s Ben Lovejoy and Zac Hall both plan on purchasing on the iPhone SE, while I plan on purchasing the iPad Pro 9.7-inch model. A 9to5Mac poll showed that 68 percent of readers don’t plan to purchase the iPhone SE, while 46 percent don’t plan on purchasing the new iPad Pro.
In terms of carrier availability for the iPhone SE, details are listed below:
The iPhone SE is available in 16GB and 64GB varieties at $399 and $499 respectively. The device features a design nearly identical to that of the iPhone 5s, but largely the same internals as the iPhone 6s. The device features Apple’s A9 chip and M9 coprocessor, as well as a 12MP rear camera with Retina Flash and support for 4K video recording. The iPhone SE also features Apple Pay support, Live Photos, and always-on “Hey Siri,” but lacks 3D Touch and the second-generation Touch ID sensor. Read all of the differences here and all of the best cases here.
The first wave of launch countries are: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, United Kingdom, United States
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro is available in 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB variants at $599, $749, and $899, respectively. The device is essentially a smaller version of the 12.9-inch variant launched last year. On the inside is an A9x processor, while the display is True Tone, meaning that the color temperature adjusts based on the room environment. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro also features support for always-on “Hey Siri,” unlike the larger model. Read all of the differences between the two iPad Pro models here and all of the best accessories here.
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