2017 03: March

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Updates: iPhone 7 (PRODUCT)RED and iPad:

Without any significant fanfare, Apple has released iPhone 7 (PRODUCT)RED, with all sales resulting with a contribution to the Global Fund to support HIV/AIDS programs. Surely this has nothing to do with Apple Chairman, Tim Cook's very recent visit to China, where the red model is very popular. Probably just a happy coincidence!

Feature: It is Red!

The red iPhone joins the red watch(strap), the red Beats Headphones, the red Beats Pill+ Portable Speaker, the red iPod range, and the red silicone case for the iPad.

iPad:

Apple has also introduced a low cost iPad (starting at US$329). The iPad, officially the "5th-generation iPad", features the usual 10hr battery, 9.7" Retina display (2048x1536), 8MP & Facetime cameras, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, Wi-Fi and LTE, with an upgraded CPU (A9). The model is slightly thicker and heavier than the previous low-end iPad.

In a nutshell, compared to the iPad Air 2, the iPad has a brighter display and a faster A9 processor (first introduced in the iPhone 6s). Other internal hardware seems to be very similar to what's included in the iPad Air 2, with the exception of the display and the casing. Camera, battery life, Wi-Fi, LTE, and other sensors are all nearly the same. The iPad does not include a laminated display, and is thus thicker, much like the original iPad Air. It measures in at 7.5mm thick, compared to the 6.1mm iPad Air 2. The thickness and accompanying weight discrepancy is noticeable and the one downside between the new iPad and its predecessor.

The rumours are still saying that upgrades to the iPad range is still coming, possibly in April, so this release may just be to get the model out the door, so it is not distracting from the iPad Pro upgrade. We will just have to wait and see.

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