As expected, Apple presented new versions of its ‘budget iPhone’ and the iPad Air during an online event. There were no big surprises with these gadgets, except that the iPad Air now also has an M1 processor on board and that the iPhone SE has become significantly more expensive.
In our preview at the Apple event, we wrote that the iPhone SE is so popular, among other things, because of its (for an iPhone).
We had expected a bit more storage capacity for that money, but the entry-level model still starts at 64 GB. In addition, there are also versions of 128 and 256 GB. What is new is the A15 Bionic processor, and that is the same power source that resides in the iPhone 13. Also included in the price are 5G, an improved camera of 12 megapixels and a battery that lasts a little longer than with the previous model.
There was also other iPhone news: the new operating system for the devices (version 15.4) with the long-awaited function ‘face-with-mouth mask recognition’ will be released in the course of next week. Furthermore, Apple announced an iPhone 13 and 13 Pro in the new colours green and alpine green.
The iPad Air is also available in a new, fifth colour: blue. However, more important with the refreshed model is the support of 5G (optional with the Cellular version) and the presence of the Silicon M1 processor, which was previously reserved for the iPad Pro series in Apple’s tablets…
The Air also got an improved front camera with Center Stage (you stay in focus during a video call, even when you’re walking around) and a faster USB-C connection, which comes in handy if you want to transfer photos from the iPad to an external drive close.
Just be careful with the storage capacity: it is 64 GB or immediately 256 GB. A trick that Apple has often used in the past to navigate consumers towards the most expensive model.