Apple Event Tidbits: USB 2 Transfer Speeds for 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 256GB Storage Option for 12.9-inch iPad Pro

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At today's "Let Us Loop You In" event, Apple debuted the the 4-inch iPhone SE, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and new Apple Watch bands, plus released new software updates for iOS, OS X, tvOS, and watchOS 2.2.

We've covered all of the main product announcements, but some smaller tidbits of information went largely unnoticed, including the launch of a new 256GB 12.9-inch iPad Pro, new iPhone and iPad cases, and details on iPhone and iPad sales. We've rounded up all of these lesser-known details below.

Find something new that should be included on the list? Send us Tips email and we'll add it.

256GB 12.9-inch iPad Pro - With the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, Apple introduced a new 256GB storage capacity, which has also been extended to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Apple is selling a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro with 256GB of storage for $1,079 for Wi-Fi only or $1,229 for Wi-Fi + Cellular.


9.7-inch iPad Pro USB 2 Transfer Speeds - According to the product description for the Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter, while the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is able to transfer data at USB 3 speeds, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro can only transfer data at USB 2 speeds. That implies the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is not using the same Lightning port as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which has a Lightning port able to support USB 3.0 transfer speeds.


At USB 2 speeds, iPads and iPhones can transfer data at around 25 to 35 MB/s, while USB 3.0 transfer speeds are much faster -- up to 625MB/s.

New iPhone and iPad case colors - Apple has introduced new spring colors for iPhone and iPad cases. New Silicone case colors for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus include Yellow, Apricot, Light Pink, Lilac, Royal Blue, and Mint. Apple has dropped the following colors: Blue, Turquoise, and Pink.


There are also new Leather Case colors for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, including Marigold, Storm Gray, and Marine Blue. For the iPhone SE, Apple has a Leather Case available in Black and Midnight Blue. Third-party cases available for the iPhone 5/5s also fit the iPhone SE, and Apple has updated product descriptions to note that its collection of third-party cases will fit both devices.

The Silicone Case for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is available for $69, while the Smart Cover is available for $49. Both are available in White, Stone, Yellow, Apricot, Light Pink, Midnight Blue, Lavender, Lilac, Royal Blue, Mint, Charcoal Gray, and Red. Spring colors - Yellow, Apricot, Light Pink, Lilac, Royal Blue, and Mint - are also new for the iPad mini Silicone Case and Smart Cover.

Smart Keyboard for 9.7-inch iPad Pro - Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad Pro includes a Smart Connector, allowing it to connect to accessories like a new Smart Keyboard. Smart Keyboards are now available in 12.9 and 9.7-inch sizes, with the new 9.7-inch Smart Keyboard priced at $149, $20 less than the $169 price tag of the 12.9-inch Smart Keyboard. The 9.7-inch Smart Keyboard is identical to its larger sibling, available only in charcoal.


Classroom app - For teachers and students, there's a new Classroom app [Direct Link] that's available for download today. Classroom is designed to allow teachers to guide students through lessons, watch their progress, and make sure they're on track. When used in conjunction with Apple's educational tools, Classroom lets teachers launch the same app or website on every student device at the same time. It also includes options for locking screens into a single app, AirPlaying content to an Apple TV, reset student Apple ID passwords, and more.


Sales numbers - During the event keynote, Apple exec Greg Joswiak announced Apple sold 30 million 4-inch iPhones in 2015, which encompasses the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c. In total, Apple sold 231.5 million iPhones during the year. Apple also announced that it has sold 200 million 9.7-inch iPads since 2010.

True Tone display - Apple has introduced a True Tone display in the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which uses built-in sensors to detect the ambient lighting in the room and adjust the display accordingly. The feature is unique to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and can be turned off in the Settings app for those who want a display temperature that does not fluctuate.

iPhone 5s - Apple is no longer selling the iPhone 5s in the United States, having discontinued it in favor of the iPhone SE.

iPhone SE Touch ID - The iPhone SE adopts many features from the iPhone 6s, but it does not include the next-generation Touch ID sensor. The iPhone SE continues to use the Touch ID sensor from earlier iPhone models.

Embedded Apple SIM: The 9.7-inch iPad Pro includes an Embedded Apple SIM along with a regular Nano-SIM slot.

For more details on the products and updates Apple announced today, make sure to check out our recap post, which has links to all of today's event coverage.

Article Link: Apple Event Tidbits: USB 2 Transfer Speeds for 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 256GB Storage Option for 12.9-inch iPad Pro
 

Corrode

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12.9" iPad Pro has USB 3 transfer speeds but no ambient sensor
9.7" iPad Pro has ambient sensor but USB 2 transfer speeds
iPhone 6s has 3D Touch but camera protrudes
iPhone SE has no 3D Touch but camera is flush

I'm sure there are many more discrepancies. Wtf is going on, Apple?
 

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That Classroom app had better support the Canadian region with the obviously-superior and much more correct "Grade Three" verbiage, otherwise I will f%#$king RIOT
 

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At today's "Let Us Loop You In" event, Apple debuted the the 4-inch iPhone SE, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and new Apple Watch bands, plus released new software updates for iOS, OS X, tvOS, and watchOS 2.2.

We've covered all of the main product announcements, but some smaller tidbits of information went largely unnoticed, including the launch of a new 256GB 12.9-inch iPad Pro, new iPhone and iPad cases, and details on iPhone and iPad sales. We've rounded up all of these lesser-known details below.

Find something new that should be included on the list? Send us Tips email and we'll add it.

256GB 12.9-inch iPad Pro - With the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, Apple introduced a new 256GB storage capacity, which has also been extended to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Apple is selling a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro with 256GB of storage for $1,079 for Wi-Fi only or $1,229 for Wi-Fi + Cellular.


9.7-inch iPad Pro USB 2 Transfer Speeds - According to the product description for the Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter, while the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is able to transfer data at USB 3 speeds, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro can only transfer data at USB 2 speeds. That implies the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is not using the same Lightning port as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which has a Lightning port able to support USB 3.0 transfer speeds.


At USB 2 speeds, iPads and iPhones can transfer data at around 25 to 35 MB/s, while USB 3.0 transfer speeds are much faster -- up to 625MB/s.

New iPhone and iPad case colors - Apple has introduced new spring colors for iPhone and iPad cases. New Silicone case colors for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus include Yellow, Apricot, Light Pink, Lilac, Royal Blue, and Mint. Apple has dropped the following colors: Blue, Turquoise, and Pink.


There are also new Leather Case colors for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, including Marigold, Storm Gray, and Marine Blue. For the iPhone SE, Apple has a Leather Case available in Black and Midnight Blue. Third-party cases available for the iPhone 5/5s also fit the iPhone SE, and Apple has updated product descriptions to note that its collection of third-party cases will fit both devices.

The Silicone Case for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is available for $69, while the Smart Cover is available for $49. Both are available in White, Stone, Yellow, Apricot, Light Pink, Midnight Blue, Lavender, Lilac, Royal Blue, Mint, Charcoal Gray, and Red. Spring colors - Yellow, Apricot, Light Pink, Lilac, Royal Blue, and Mint - are also new for the iPad mini Silicone Case and Smart Cover.

Smart Keyboard for 9.7-inch iPad Pro - Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad Pro includes a Smart Connector, allowing it to connect to accessories like a new Smart Keyboard. Smart Keyboards are now available in 12.9 and 9.7-inch sizes, with the new 9.7-inch Smart Keyboard priced at $149, $20 less than the $169 price tag of the 12.9-inch Smart Keyboard. The 9.7-inch Smart Keyboard is identical to its larger sibling, available only in charcoal.


Classroom app - For teachers and students, there's a new Classroom app [Direct Link] that's available for download today. Classroom is designed to allow teachers to guide students through lessons, watch their progress, and make sure they're on track. When used in conjunction with Apple's educational tools, Classroom lets teachers launch the same app or website on every student device at the same time. It also includes options for locking screens into a single app, AirPlaying content to an Apple TV, reset student Apple ID passwords, and more.


Sales numbers - During the event keynote, Apple exec Greg Joswiak announced Apple sold 30 million 4-inch iPhones in 2015, which encompasses the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c. In total, Apple sold 231.5 million iPhones during the year. Apple also announced that it has sold 200 million 9.7-inch iPads since 2010.

True Tone display - Apple has introduced a True Tone display in the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which uses built-in sensors to detect the ambient lighting in the room and adjust the display accordingly. The feature is unique to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and can be turned off in the Settings app for those who want a display temperature that does not fluctuate.

For more details on the products and updates Apple announced today, make sure to check out our recap post, which has links to all of today's event coverage.

Article Link: Apple Event Tidbits: USB 2 Transfer Speeds for 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 256GB Storage Option for 12.9-inch iPad Pro


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aptenergy

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On Apple's website, the iPad Pro 9.7 inch Smart Cover is separate from the iPad Air 2 Smart Cover, but they're exactly the same size. Does anyone know whether the iPad Air 2 Smart Cover will work with the new iPad Pro?
 
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ReneR

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12.9" iPad Pro has USB 3 transfer speeds but no ambient sensor
9.7" iPad Pro has ambient sensor but USB 2 transfer speeds
iPhone 6s has 3D Touch but camera protrudes
iPhone SE has no 3D Touch but camera is flush

I'm sure there are many more discrepancies. Wtf is going on, Apple?

yeah, a consistent and well designed product line and development looks different, ...

(sadly Steve would not have allowed this :-/)
 

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12.9" iPad Pro has USB 3 transfer speeds but no ambient sensor
9.7" iPad Pro has ambient sensor but USB 2 transfer speeds
iPhone 6s has 3D Touch but camera protrudes
iPhone SE has no 3D Touch but camera is flush

I'm sure there are many more discrepancies. Wtf is going on, Apple?

Insanely great parties.
And woooooooooooooooooo media events.

 

Ries

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12.9" iPad Pro has USB 3 transfer speeds but no ambient sensor
9.7" iPad Pro has ambient sensor but USB 2 transfer speeds
iPhone 6s has 3D Touch but camera protrudes
iPhone SE has no 3D Touch but camera is flush

I'm sure there are many more discrepancies. Wtf is going on, Apple?

Sound like they put all the features into a hat and just pull one at a time out and pin it to a random product. There is no red line in their products. Consider yourself lucky if the iPhone pro isn't a 9.7" inch device with antennas because the paper piece from the hat said "no antenna bands".
 

magbarn

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Must be fun waiting almost 3 hours to load up a 256gb iPad pro 9.7 lol. WTG Apple for putting a 15 year old USB standard in a brand new iPad. Hopefully the 256gb iPP 12.9 can transfer at full usb 3.0 speeds with the new USB-C lightning connector that should've been standard on its release.
 

mejsric

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12.9" iPad Pro has USB 3 transfer speeds but no ambient sensor
9.7" iPad Pro has ambient sensor but USB 2 transfer speeds
iPhone 6s has 3D Touch but camera protrudes
iPhone SE has no 3D Touch but camera is flush

I'm sure there are many more discrepancies. Wtf is going on, Apple?

Adding 3D touch on SE will make it only expensive. And people/you will complain how expensive the new 5s?
 
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Dwalls90

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12.9" iPad Pro has USB 3 transfer speeds but no ambient sensor
9.7" iPad Pro has ambient sensor but USB 2 transfer speeds
iPhone 6s has 3D Touch but camera protrudes
iPhone SE has no 3D Touch but camera is flush

I'm sure there are many more discrepancies. Wtf is going on, Apple?

This is definitely my biggest gripe too. The inconsistencies between products within the same line are absurd this time around.

The SE gets an A9, while the 6 maintains an A8? That is large enough of a variance right there alone.
 

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I would add that Apple is no longer selling a 128GB version of the iPad Air 2. 64GB is the most you can get for that model. This is a cynical move to get people to pay $100 extra for the iPad Pro version, though most of them will likely never use the optional drawing and external keyboard features.

It's as risible a move as Apple not offering a 128GB version of the iPhone 5se. In effect, there is no high-end storage model for those who prefer 4" iPhones, and there won't have been for at least three years, presuming that more storage is offered in a year's time.
 
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CWallace

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I would add that Apple is no longer selling a 128GB of the iPad Air 2. 64GB is the most you can get for that model. This is a cynical move to get people to pay $100 extra for the iPad Pro version, though most of them will likely never use the optional drawing and external keyboard features.

That $100 does buy you a faster CPU and GPU plus a better display so there is some tangible "everyday" value in moving to the Pro over an Air 2 if you desire / need 128GB.
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iPhone 6s has 3D Touch but camera protrudes
iPhone SE has no 3D Touch but camera is flush

The iPhone SE is 0.3 inches thicker than the 6s and that allows the camera to lay flush (as it does on the 5s, which was also 0.3 inches thicker).
 
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