Last night during their Peek Performance event, Apple announced a new line of products slated to be released in the next few weeks. Here’s what the tech giant have in store for all iOS enthusiasts:
New iPhone SE
A successor to the 2020 model, the 3rd generation model of the iPhone SE could be considered as a more affordable and smaller version of the iPhone 13. The new iPhone SE supports 5G and features the latest iPhone processor called A15 bionic chip. It also retains the single 12-megapixel rear camera of the 2020 model, and you can also choose between 64, 128, or 256 GB for storage capacity. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, it’s perfect for users who like smaller, handier phones.
Outdated or apt design?
Most netizens express disappointment that the new iPhone SE will retain the 4.7-inch rectangular display and TouchID fingerprint sensor that was inspired by its predecessor and the iPhone 8. However, in this era of face masks, the FaceID feature of the latest iPhone models could be difficult to use when in public. The TouchID feature of the new iPhone SE would be more convenient while still letting you enjoy the high performance of an iPhone 13. So we’d say it’s an apt design for the current lifestyle the world is living in.
The new iPhone SE is expected to launch on March 18 in the US. According to Apple, it will be sold at USD 429 (PHP 28,990 according to the Apple website), which is a slight increase from the USD 399 price of the 2020 model. However, it’s still a great deal compared to the latest iPhone 13 line, which is twice the price at USD 699 to 799 (PHP 44,990 to 50,990 according to the Apple website).
New colors for iPhone
In case you’re still set on purchasing the latest iPhone models, you can opt to get it in two new colors: green for iPhone 13 and alpine green for iPhone 13 Pro.
More powerful iPad Air
The iPad Air last had an upgrade in 2020, but most of its hardware will retain its look. Its screen size will retain the 10.9-inch size and the storage capacity of 64 GB or 256 GB. But the biggest upgrades of the new model are perhaps the option of 5G connectivity support and the promise of higher and faster performance.
The fifth generation of the iPad Air comes with Apple’s M1 processor, which is the same chip that is used in their MacBook Air models and the more expensive iPad Pro. According to Apple, the M1 processor can improve the tablet’s performance up to 60%.
New colors for iPad Air
Like they did with the iPhone lines, Apple is also adding pops of color to the iPad. For the new iPad Air, you can also get it in the following colors: Space Gray, Pink, Purple, Blue, and Starlight (a cream white color).
Aside from the new iPhone SE and new iPad Air, Apple also unveiled the Mac Studio and the Studio Display.
The Mac Studio is a display-less desktop computer featuring the powerful M1 chip. You can also opt to get an upgrade with the M1 Ultra chip that reportedly works eight times faster than the M1. Meanwhile, Studio Display is a 27-inch 5K monitor that comes with an Apple chip, speakers, and a built-in camera.
When is it coming to the Philippines?
There has been no announcement regarding the Philippine release date for these new products yet, and the Apple PH website marks the new products as “currently unavailable” for delivery. But prices have been posted on the website, with the new iPhone SE starting at PHP 28,990 and the new iPad Air starting at PHP 35,990.
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