Apple Inc. has taken a liking to spring releases. This time last year saw the arrival of the smaller iPad Pro and 4-inch iPhone SE. The company is reported to have yet another set of Spring releases in store for consumers. Items ranging from the iPads, Macs and even the recently released Apple Watch 2 are expected to be getting fleshed out. There is however no clear consensus on which products will be revamped this quarter. Recent reports have highlighted the likely release of an upgrade to the company’s year-old iPhone SE.
The iPhone SE received a rather unanticipated and quiet release back in March 2016. The device is widely recognized as Apple’s push into the smartphone mid-market. The iPhone SE has scored a impressive response in low-income regions. In demographics such as Asia, Africa and Arab regions, the product’s adoption is growing at a moderate pace. In a bid to enhance the SE’s appeal in these region, Apple is expected to launch the iPhone SE 2 this Spring.
A new generation of the iPhone SE is reported to in the works at Apple. News of the smartphone’s likely arrival is supported by PC Advisor’s Marie Brewis, who claims it could arrive as soon as the end of this month. In 2016 the iPhone SE officially went on sale on March the 31st. The new mid-range iPhone became the only 4-inch iPhone option not long after the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus back in September. This hints at Apple’s interest in diverting more consumers towards the device.
Apple Inc. showcased its iPhone SE on mearly 12 months ago. Along with it came the latest addition to the iPad line-up, the iPad Pro. Both of these products are the smallest of their device range. The iPhone SE sports a smaller screen than the recent iPhone 7 and even the iPhone 6S. The gadget reverts back to a familiar iPhone 5S screen size. The iPad Pro has a 9.7-inch screen. The two new products are now approach a year into their launch. For Apple that usually means an upgrade is due, especially when comes to its iPhones.
Apple’s iPhone SE
The iPhone SE looks and reportedly feels a lot like the iPhone 5S, except its chamfered edges. It is said to behave a lot more efficiently, too. This is because the iPhone SE holds the same processor as the top-range iPhone 6s and 6s plus. Though smaller and considerably cheaper, it holds many of the 6s range’s capabilities as well. It lacks the fun new 3D Touch feature and the extended battery life, though it’s a forgive loss considering you pretty much get everything else.
The iPhone SE comes in 16GB and 64GB versions. They would set you back $399 and $499 respectively. It has a rose-gold option and is available on all four major U.S. Carriers. Apple is also willing to tinker down the price if you’re willing to trade in your current iPhone for the SE.
Apple’s new iPad
When it comes to the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, it holds the powerful A9X chip and, like the iPhone SE, has many of the great features found on its larger and more expensive counterparts. Its accessories include a magnetically connectable keyboard, enabled by Apple’s Smart Connector. It has four efficient speakers as well, and supports the use of the Apple Pencil.
Prices range from $599 to $1,029. Apple staggers the devices’ price according to how many things you want it to do. If you want just 32GB storage and WiFi use, that’s your starting point. Greater storage and cellular capabilities raise the price.
Reports this week cite a major price cut for the iPhone SE in India. Prices are reported to to fall even further in the coming weeks. Apple could be drawing consumer attention towards the product ahead of its upgrade. Click here for greater details about the iPhone SE price cut.