You have most likely heard the news this week, that Apple has released a couple of new products in its range of iPads and iPhones.
A new, small iPhone
The new iPhone 5SE replaces the iPhone 5S, and is targeted at those who do not want the larger sizes provided in the 6 and 6 Plus range.
Here is a MacWorld article with more information about this new iPhone.
A new iPad - an 'iPad Air-sized' iPad Pro
For me, the really interesting product announced on Tuesday was the newest iPad in the range, called the iPad Pro 9.7 inch (as distinct from the larger iPad Pro 12.9 inch, released late last year).
Here is an article from The Age about this new iPad Pro:
Is the iPad Pro 12.9 inch too large?
I'm not sure if I have reported previously on this blog that I actually purchased the larger iPad Pro at the start of this year. My main reason for purchasing was so that I could offer and informed opinion on it to clients (as well as the fact that just NEEEEEDED it).
At first it seemed that, like when I first got my iPhone 6 Plus, it was a bit too large to be practical.
However, after a couple of months of use, I have come to greatly appreciate the screen size and have fallen in love with it (as I did with my iPhone 6 Plus, and now the 6S Plus).
It is certainly large - about the size of an A4 piece of paper - but this doesn't bother me now, since is about the size of an A4 compendium that I might otherwise carry when going to see clients. I no longer need to carry a notebook with me, and the large iPad Pro fits fine in my over-sized handbag (in which I also carry my iPad Air).
While I can't say that it replaces my laptop for the majority of my work, it certainly has a place in my technology line-up for the following reasons:
Which one would I buy now ?
The question I ask myself is, if I had waited until now to purchase this iPad Pro, which size would I purchase - the large version, or the 'iPad Air' sized version.
While the size of the iPad Pro has not caused me any real concerns, I do think that the smaller size is a lot more practical, light and portable for the majority of people - and perhaps will have a better resale value than the larger version (which most people are not too concerned about).
I think for most of my clients, I would recommend the smaller iPad Pro in preference to the larger.
That is, unless the client is really looking for a laptop replacement that has the screen size of a laptop - around a 13in screen. For those with eyesight issues and those who are not so concerned about slipping it in a handbag, the large version is a very good option.
For school children using iPads, I think that the smaller version would be perfect, especially when teamed with the pencil so that they can write their notes. (Although, be warned parents - the pencils are EXPENSIVE at $165, and very, very easy to lose! I am speaking from experience here. I haven't yet found a iPad Pro case that houses my pencil, so need to stow it separately in my handbag.)
I would strongly recommend looking at the two size options 'in the flesh' to compare the sizes and weights, then making your decision based on what you are most comfortable with, and based on what you will be using it for.
You will discover that the iPad Pro (both versions) will be available with a new option of 256GB of storage - twice that of the previously largest storage capacity that was available (i.e. 128GB). So the three size options will be 32GB, 128GB and 256GB.
What will the new iPad Pro cost?
At the time of writing this blog article, prices are not yet showing on the Apple Store website. Online ordering opens 24/3/16, with the product available in store on 31/3/16.
Below is a Choice article that outlines the cost of this new iPad (and the iPhone 5SE). Presumably these are correct prices.
This Choice article is reporting the following prices for the Wi-Fi only versions of the new iPad.
And here are the prices for the iPhone 5SE
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