Apple Goes Smaller: The iPad Pro 2 & iPhone SE

As expected, Apple’s Spring 2016 event was a slight change-of-direction for a company that has been focused on making larger hardware on both its smartphone & tablet lines as of late.

In Cupertino today, Apple premiered the iPad Pro 2—officially referred to as simply an iPad Pro—a 9.7-inch model of the company’s “PC-replacement” tablet that was introduced late last year.

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The new iPad Pro 2 compares to the original in processing power, features and display, but does boast some notable upgrades—such as the iPhone 6S’s Live Photos and 4K video recording, a 12MP rear camera (compared to the 8MP on the 12″ model), and 5MP FaceTime camera. Apple will also be releasing a new Smart Keyboard for the smaller iPad Pro, both of which are to be available at the end of the month. The iPad Pro 2 will be eligible for preorder on Thursday.

Apple also pulled back the curtain on the iPhone SE, the new 4-inch model of their flagship smartphone, which will replace the company’s iPhone 5C from 2013.

The iPhone SE, also available on 3/31 (preorders start Thursday), comes with Touch ID for Apple Pay, and the same A9 chip as the 6S and 6S+ models. Live Photos and an upgraded 12MP rear camera are included as well, along with 4K recording capability.

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Unlike the 6S line, however, the SE does not include 3D Touch, and the front-facing FaceTime camera is the same as in 6 and 6+ models. The iPhone SE is available in 16 or 32GB.

If none of this sounds all that exciting to you (*raises hand*), take note—Apple’s major product releases typically occur in September, so there’s likely something coming for you then.

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