New Apple Hardware Updates 03.21.2017

Today, Apple released minor updates to two of their products — one for iPad and two for iPhone.  Rumors have been circulating over the past few weeks of some coming upgrades, specifically for iPad, and while these do not represent the fulfillment of those rumors, they are still upgrades from previous hardware.  If you are in the market for a new iPad or iPhone, keep on reading to see what’s new.


iPad-Hero-Fan_PR-PRINTApple’s newest iPad upgrade replaces the now-retired iPad Air 2.  Also retired, it seems, is the iPad Air moniker, with the new iPad simply called “iPad.”  This new iPad boasts the same 9.7″ retina display at the same resolution of 2048 x 1536 @ 264ppi, the same 8Mp iSight camera on the back and 1.2Mp FaceTime camera on the front, and, yes, the same 3.5mm headphone jack. It’s newly upgraded guts come mainly in the form of an A9 processor (upgraded from the A8X).  Also upgraded is Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity (up from BT 4.0).  The new iPad comes in weighing slightly heavier than the old iPad at 1.03lbs, up form 0.96lbs.

The biggest shiny newness with the new iPad is found in its price.  While the old iPad Air 2 started at $499 for a 16Gb WiFi model, the new iPad starts at just $329 for a 32Gb WiFi model.

The iPad will be available for purchase beginning on Friday, March 24, 2017.

iPhone 7/7 Plus


The second upgrade Apple released today comes to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.  The phone itself is no different from any of the other iPhone 7/7 Plus models with the exception of the color.

The iPhone 7/7 Plus is now joining the PRODUCT(RED) line of Apple gadgets, including the iPod, headphones and speakers, and Apple Watch bands.  (I actually just purchased a PRODUCT(RED) Apple Watch band this past weekend, and it’s a wonderful color).

The PRODUCT(RED) lineup is a special subset of Apple products, all colored red, where, when purchased, Apple makes a donation to The Global Fund to fight AIDS.  To date, Apple has donated well over $100Million dollars as a result of their (RED) products.

The new PRODUCT(RED) iPhone 7/7Plus will start at $749 for the iPhone 7 model and $869 for the iPhone 7 Plus model.

With this new addition, the iPhone 7/7Plus is now available for purchase in Black, Jet Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, and Red.

Both (RED) iPhones will be available for purchase beginning on Friday, March 24, 2017.

iPhone SE


The iPhone SE is Apple’s entry-level iPhone.  It has the same body design that the iPhone 5S had, but has upgraded internal components, making it more in line with the iPhone 6.

While Apple hasn’t changed the components of the iPhone SE significantly, they did announce that they are doubling the storage capacity at each price point.

Where the iPhone SE used to cost $399 for 16Gb and $499 for 64Gb, the new iPhone SE will cost $399 for 32Gb and $499 for 128Gb.

The iPhone SE will continue to be available in Space Gray, Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold and will have the same specs as the previous generation.

The new iPhone SE will be available for purchase beginning on Friday, March 24, 2017.


If you have been looking to get a new iPad or iPhone, now could be a good time to do it.  We’re not expecting another iPhone upgrade or modification until the fall, so that product line should be stable.  Apple will probably not upgrade the iPad line any more this year, however there are rumors of some pretty significant upgrades coming to the iPad Pro line relatively soon.

And, if you are in the market for a new device, don’t forget that Apple offers a discount for educators.  You can shop the Education Store online or visit any Apple Retail Store with your  BOE ID.

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