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Apple Announces iPhone SE, iPad Pro 9.7″, others

A very brief summary of the product announcements Apple made today:

Apple Watch

  • New band colors:
    • Sport: yellow
    • Leather: teal, red
    • Milanese Loop: Space Grey
  • New Woven Nylon bands $49: in 7 colors, including neon blue, pink, orange
  • Space Grey Milanese Loop
  • Now starting at $299 (down from $349)

iPhone SE

  • iPhone 5s form factor with iPhone 6S internals
  • (except no 3D Touch)
  • Starting at $399 without contract / $0 with 2-year contract
  • 16GB / 64 GB Capacity
  • Pre-orders March 24, shipping March 31

iOS 9.3

  • Night Shift – reduces blue light in display at night
  • New Health features
  • New CarPlay features
  • New Education features – deployment, Classroom app
  • Available today – free update

iPad Pro 9.7″

  • TrueTone ambient color matching
  • Smart Keyboard to match
  • Apple Pencil support
  • New USB Camera Adapter – powered
  • Now in Rose Gold
  • 32GB $599 / 128GB $749 / 256GB $899
  • (also brought 256GB capacity to 12.9″ at $1099)
  • Preorder 3/24, shipping 3/31
  • Lineup now looks like: iPad mini | Air 2 | Pro 9.7″ | Pro 12.9″

Microsoft Updates Lumia, Surface Pro and Introduces Surface Book

It was a busy morning for Microsoft yesterday, as they announced several key hardware products at their press event. Here’s a quick recap from my point of view.

Xbox

  • Now joining the Limited Edition Forza Motorsport 6 bundle is the upcoming Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians Bundle with a downloadable copy of the game, a custom Spartan-themed metal case, matching custom metal controller, and 1 TB of storage. The listed release date is October 20, and it’s priced at $499.
  • Windows 10 will be coming to Xbox One “this holiday season”, nothing more specific yet.
  • A new high-performance Elite Gaming Controller coming in “October 2016” and priced at $199.99.

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