Mar 22 2016New iPad and iPhone Buying Guide
The new movie Steve Jobs takes place in three acts, each of which is set in the 30 minute period before a major Apple Announcement.
I suspect that the movie would be much less dramatic if the lead character was Apple’s new CEO, Tim Cooke, who last night was the keynote speaker at the Apple ‘spring’ event.
Major new iPhone upgrades are always announced in September, so announcements at this time of year are usually incremental.
Steve Jobs liked to keep the product line very simple so it was easy for customers to know what to get, and easy to manage stock.
There were no great surprises in this product launch, but some worthwhile additions to the product line.
There is a new iPhone SE, that is the same size as the iPhone 5 (4 in) but has all the other new features of the iPhone 6 (4.7in) and iPhone 6S+ (5.5in) , including a better camera, faster chip, ‘3D Touch’, and Apple Pay
There is a new iPad Pro, that is the same size as the regular iPad (9.7 in) but otherwise has the features of the large iPad Pro (12.9 in), including speakers, retina display, and Apple pencil. (sounds good to me)
The new iPhone and iPad will be available from March 31st – only a few sleeps away.
iOS 9.3 is available right now as a software update on your iPhone or iPad. You will hardly notice. The update includes ‘Night Shift’, which changes the screen brightness and colours depending on the time of day, and a revamp of the News App.
There is an upgrade to CarPlay, which is available in newer cars and puts the iPhone operating system onto your car dashboard. Better maps and suggestions are the main improvement
The Apple Watch has new Nylon watch bands (I’m sure third party versions will be available soon) The watch itself scored a price decrease. New models may come out later this year.
This is my current iPhone and iPad buying guide
|iPhone SE||4 in||64Gb||$829|
|iPhone 6S||4.7 in||64Gb||$1229|
|iPhone 6S Plus||5.4 in||64Gb||$1379|
|iPad||Screen||Memory||Wifi||Wifi + Cell|
|Big iPad Pro||12.9 in||128 Gb||$1499||$1699|
|(new) Small iPad Pro||9.7in||128 Gb||$1149||$1349|
|(old) iPad Air 2||9.7 in||64Gb||$729||$899|
|iPad Mini 4||7.9 in||64Gb||$699||$859|
|iPad Mini 2||7.9 in||32Gb||$429||$589|