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All the details on Apple’s new iPhone and iPad

Typically, Apple holds a major event to announce new hardware and software in the fall. The last few years, the tech giant has also been quietly holding a spring event.

This year was no different. At Apple’s 2017 spring event they announced updates to the most recent iPhone, a new iPad, a new video editing app and more.

However, the biggest news that you need to know about was the new iPad and iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models.

iPad

Apple will be eliminating its popular iPad Air line of tablets. Instead, a new 9.7-inch version just called iPad is being released.

Here are some of the new iPad features:

  • 9.7-inch Retina display – The vivid display is the perfect size to bring images to life.
  • 64-bit A9 chip
  • 10-hour battery life
  • iOS 10
  • 8MP HD front facing camera – You can shoot high-quality photos and 1080p HD video with the 8-megapixel camera.
  • 1.2MP HD FaceTime camera – Use the front facing camera for selfies or video chats.
  • Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • Lightweight – It has a great portable design, only weighing 1 pound and is 7.5-mm thin. Don’t let its sleek design fool you, though. The iPad has an aluminum body and is built for durability.

The new iPad is an update of Apple’s most popular-sized tablet, featuring a brighter 9.7-inch Retina display and best-in-class performance at its most affordable price ever. You can choose between two different iPad storage sizes. The 32GB capacity starts at $329 and the 128GB capacity starts at $429.

Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing said, “iPad is the world’s most popular tablet. Customers love the large, 9.7-inch display for everything from watching TV and movies, to surfing the web, making FaceTime calls, and enjoying photos, and now it is even more affordable. New customers and anyone looking to upgrade will love this new iPad for use at home, in school, and for work, with its gorgeous Retina display, powerful A9 chip and access to the more than 1.3 million apps designed specifically for it.”

 

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Along with the shiny new iPad, Apple introduced new versions of its iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The new models come in a sleek red design.

iPhone 7:

  • 4.7-inch Retina HD display – Multi-touch display with IPS technology. 1134-by-750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi.
  • Splash, water and dust resistant
  • A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture. Embedded M10 motion coprocessor.
  • 12MP camera – Digital zoom up to 5x
  • 4K video recording at 30 fps (frames per second) – 1080 HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps. 720 HD video recording at 30 fps. Optical zoom at 2x.
  • FaceTime HD camera – 7-megapixel photos. 1080p HD video recording. Retina flash.
  • Touch ID – Fingerprint sensor built into Home button.
  • Location – Assisted GPS and GLONASS. Digital compass.
  • AirPlay Mirroring – Photos, audio and video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later)
  • Siri
  • Battery  Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Up to 2 hours longer battery life than the iPhone 6S.
  • iOS 10

iPhone 7 Plus:

  • 5.5-inch Retina HD display – Multi-touch display with IPS technology. 1920-by-1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi.
  • Splash, water and dust resistant
  • A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture. Embedded M10 motion coprocessor.
  • 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras – Optical zoom at 2x; digital zoom up to 10x.
  • 4K video recording at 30 fps (frames per second) – 1080 HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps. 720 HD video recording at 30 fps. Optical zoom at 2x; 6x digital zoom.
  • FaceTime HD camera – 7-megapixel photos. 1080p HD video recording. Retina flash.
  • Touch ID – Fingerprint sensor built into Home button.
  • Location – Assisted GPS and GLONASS. Digital compass.
  • AirPlay Mirroring – Photos, audio and video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later)
  • Siri
  • Battery – Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Up to 1 hour longer battery life than the iPhone 6S Plus.
  • iOS 10

Both of the red iPhone models come in two storage sizes, 128GB or 256GB. Pricing on the red iPhone 7 begins at $749 and the 7 Plus begins at $869.

Although, since it’s the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone, you might want to wait until the new models are released later this fall. Click here to read the latest rumors on what you might be able to expect.

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