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Hands-On With iPhone SE, 9.7" iPad Pro, and New Apple Watch Bands

Following today's Apple event that saw the 4-inch iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and new Apple Watch bands and pricing announced, members of the press have been invited for hands-on time with the new products.

The new iPhone SE looks almost identical to the iPhone 5s, beyond the switch to matte-chamfered edges and a color-matched stainless steel Apple logo on the rear.

The new 4-inch smartphone retains a 3.5mm headphone jack, despite rumors that Apple will switch to an all-in-one Lightning connector on the iPhone 7 due later this year.

A closer look at the iPhone SE's new matte-chamfered edges (Image: The Verge)

iPhone SE is available in the same four colors offered across most of Apple's newer product lineups: Gold, Silver, Space Gray, and Rose Gold.

16GB and 64GB models can be purchased for $399 and $499 respectively. The 16GB model is also free when subsidized with a two-year carrier contract. Financing plans are available from $17 per month.

The new iPad Pro also looks virtually identical to its larger 12.9-inch sibling, with the only noticeable difference being the tablet's smaller 9.7-inch screen akin to iPad Air.

A side-by-side comparison of the new 9.7" iPad Pro (right) and 12.9" iPad Pro (left) (Image: The Verge)

The smaller iPad Pro has adopted many of the same pro-level features, including an Oxide TFT display, Smart Connector, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support, and the same positioning of other ports and buttons.

The new 9.7-inch iPad Pro comes in four colors: Silver, Gold, Space Gray and Rose Gold. Pricing starts at $599 for 32GB of storage with Wi-Fi only, while 128GB and a new 256GB option will be available for $749 and $899 respectively. Pre-orders begin March 24 and shipments to customers will start March 31.

Meanwhile, new Apple Watch bands and finishes were announced at today's event. Apple introduced new Woven Nylon bands in a variety of colors, a Space Black Milanese Loop, and new colors for the Leather Loop, Modern Buckle, and Sport bands.

New woven nylon, leather, and sport Apple Watch bands (Image: The Verge)

Apple Watch now starts at $299, and the new bands can be ordered from Apple's website starting today for $49 and up. Orders placed today currently have estimated shipping times of late March for most new bands.

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12 months ago
Who came up with the "brilliant" idea of a camera bump on the iPad - the device that you are more likely to use on a flat surface than any other device!?!?!? Dumb beyond belief.

They are basically forcing you to get a case for it.
Rating: 22 Votes
12 months ago
Anyone find it stupid how Apple makes a great looking SE device w/ no protruding camera, yet the 6S/6S Plus have a protruding camera?
Rating: 17 Votes
12 months ago
I want to know what impact the protruding camera has on stability when on a flat surface.
Rating: 16 Votes
12 months ago
Those edges... Still look so elegant

Rating: 15 Votes
12 months ago
Anyone else sick of having the useless iPad shoved down our throat? Where are the new laptops? People are on 2 or 3 year old ones now.
Rating: 10 Votes
12 months ago
Download that App that tells us the RAM!
Rating: 10 Votes
12 months ago
I just don't understand why make a 9.7 "PRO" iPad...

The old lineup made sense and people knew what it meant...

Mini = Small
Air = Light
Pro = Big

Now they have a Mini, Air, Pro and Pro!
Rating: 9 Votes
12 months ago

Anyone find it stupid how Apple makes a great looking SE device w/ no protruding camera, yet the 6S/6S Plus have a protruding camera?

Thats because 6S/Plus are thinner than SE
Rating: 8 Votes
12 months ago
I think Apple missed an opportunity to have a silent update here. They wasted a special event on ordinary updates.
Rating: 8 Votes
12 months ago

Who is offering carrier subsidies (in the US) to get it for free these days?


I heard Sprint went back to offering contracts just two months after they got rid of them. I'm sure there are other carriers who will still offer them if you want.

But here's the deal... it's only "free" at the time of purchase... meaning you don't have to pay anything up-front.

However... YOU will definitely be paying the $399 over the next 24 months. It isn't a gift from the carriers.

Subsidized contracts are just another type of payment plan. Instead of paying for the phone in full... you pay little or no money down... and the rest is built into your monthly bill.

No "free" phone is ever really "free"
Rating: 8 Votes

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