Apple’s newest 2017 iPad and the exclusive PRODUCT RED lineup, including the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, are available to order from its online stores in dozens of countries around the world, including the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. The (PRODUCT)RED iPhones are also available to be picked up in-store starting on Friday.
Looking at Apple’s newest iPad model is Apple’s cheapest iPad model, priced at $329 for the 32 GB Wi-Fi version. Apple is also offering a slightly more expensive 128 GB model, priced at $429, and cellular capabilities available at $459 and $559 for the respective storage sizes. It is even cheaper than the smaller iPad Mini, potentially encouraging first-time users to purchase the cheapest. The new model essentially replaces the iPad Air 2 in its lineup, marked by several hardware upgrades. Apple implemented the faster A9 chip and brighter Retina display that was introduced in the iPhone models of last year. In terms of dimensions, the new 9.7-inch iPad is slightly thicker and heavier than the iPad Air 2, due to the “lack of a fully laminated display with anti-reflective coating,” designed to keep the price-point of the model down. The new iPad is being offered in Silver, Gold, and Space Gray.
There are not many other differences between the new iPad and the iPad Air 2. In fact, the tech specs are identical to the iPad Air 2. Specifically, the display resolution of 2,048×1,536 at 264 PPI, an 8-megapixel rear iSight camera, a 1.2-megapixel front Facetime camera, two speakers, a Lightning connector, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, Touch ID functionality with Apple Pay, and Bluetooth 4.2.
Apple’s special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone series are also available to order on Apple’s website. Apple is offering 128 GB and 256 GB models prices at $749 or $849 for the iPhone 7 model and $869 or $969 for the iPhone 7 Plus. Initial orders are set to be delivered starting on Tuesday, March 28 in the US.
The (PRODUCT)RED iPhones are essentially the same, in terms of hardware, to the regular models, but have a “vibrant red finish complemented by a silver Apple logo and white front bezels.” The new models symbolize the over 10 years of partnership between Apple and (RED), allowing customers to contribute a percentage of their purchase to the Global Fund in support of HIV/AIDS studies in Africa.
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are the most recent Apple products to join the current (PRODUCT)RED lineup, alongside “the full iPod line of products, Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones, Beats Pill+ Portable Speaker, the iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case, and a range of accessories for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.”
(PRODUCT)RED iPhones were available for order on Friday at many Apple Stores, authorized resellers, and carrier stores in the countries mentioned above. The orders are set to be shipped by the end of March in the United States and over 40 countries or regions.
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