Apple News 2017: All The New Gadget Upgrades You Need To Know

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As expected, Apple added a number of new items on its online store during its maintenance Tuesday morning. While some of the products we’ve been waiting for were not included, there’s still a whole lot to like about the surprise release. To keep you up to date, we’ve rounded up every product the tech giant announced recently.

New iPad

First on the list is a brand new 9.7-inch iPad that will replace the venerable iPad Air 2. Tagged at $329 (AU$469) for the entry-level model, the latest tablet houses a 64-bit A9 processor and is available in 32 and 128GB storage configurations. The Wi-Fi + Cellular-equipped models start at $459 for the 32GB version and $559 for the 128GB model.

Pre-orders for the brand new 9.7-inch iPad will open on March 24.

iPad Mini 4

Apple also introduced an upgraded iPad Mini 4 on its online store, upping the available storage options and keeping the price point the same. Patrons who’d like a bigger storage can now purchase a 128GB  model for $399. This is a nice bump from the previous 32GB model which Apple tagged at the same price.

Meanwhile, those who want the tablet with cellular connectivity support can get one for $529, according to 9 to 5 Mac. The revamped iPad Mini 4 is already available for purchase today.

Red iPhone 7, 7 Plus

Apple is giving its iPhone 7 line a makeover as well, launching this week a special edition of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in vibrant red aluminum. The new color is a part of a fundraiser for Product Red, a non-profit which fights HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. The company has already raised more than $130 million toward that effort since 2006, Apple said

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Apple News 2017: The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are getting a makeover, in vibrant red aluminum.

Coming only in 128GB and 256GB options, the Red iPhone 7 products will be available online and in Apple retail stores worldwide beginning Friday, March 24. It should be noted that there is no 64GB option.

iPhone SE storage bump

Apple doubled the storage capacity for both of its compact iPhone SE models. With the 16GB model phased out, BGR notes that the iPhone SE is now available in 64GB and 128GB variants. Apple is keeping the pricing the same, with the entry-level model retailing for $399.

Interested buyers can get their hands on the updated models on March 24.


Software-wise, Apple launched a new video editing app called Clips. The app, which seeks to be a more mobile-friendly version of iMovie, lets users quickly create short videos with all sorts of fun effects and upload them to their favorite social networking app. The Cupertino-based company has yet to provide a release date for Clips, but the app reportedly requires at least iOS 10.3 which is still in beta.

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Apple News 2017: Users can trim footage and add effects, captions, and soundtracks to their videos with Clips.

New Apple Watch Bands

To further customize its smartwatches, the company also announced a number of new watch band designs, including a new striped woven nylon, Nike Sport, and Apple Watch Hermès bands. The high-end Hermes models range from $339 to $689 in the United States while the New Nike+ and Nike Sport bands will be available for $49. New nylon bands, on the other hand, cost $49, and new leather bands go for $149.

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Apple News 2017: Apple Watches are getting new bands.

New iPhone cases

Alongside its new RED iPhone 7, Apple rolled out a handful of new iPhone 7 cases, including three new silicone ones that are available in the following colors: “azure,” “camellia” and “pebble.” There’s a trio of leather cases as well which consumers can buy in “taupe,” “sapphire,” and “berry.”

For the iPhone SE, Apple announced a new “Saddle Brown” leather case option. The said cases are available now on Apple’s US website (the UK site is here and the Australian site is here).

Also Read: iPhone 8 To Feature A Combination Of The First iPhone & iPhone 4S Design [Report]

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