Become a MacRumors Supporter for $50/year with no ads, ability to filter front page stories, and private forums.


macrumors bot
Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

Following today's Apple event that saw the 4-inch iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and new Apple Watch bands and pricing announced, members of the press have been invited for hands-on time with the new products.


The new iPhone SE looks almost identical to the iPhone 5s, beyond the switch to matte-chamfered edges and a color-matched stainless steel Apple logo on the rear.

The new 4-inch smartphone retains a 3.5mm headphone jack, despite rumors that Apple will switch to an all-in-one Lightning connector on the iPhone 7 due later this year.

A closer look at the iPhone SE's new matte-chamfered edges (Image: The Verge)

iPhone SE is available in the same four colors offered across most of Apple's newer product lineups: Gold, Silver, Space Gray, and Rose Gold.

16GB and 64GB models can be purchased for $399 and $499 respectively. The 16GB model is also free when subsidized with a two-year carrier contract. Financing plans are available from $17 per month.

The new iPad Pro also looks virtually identical to its larger 12.9-inch sibling, with the only noticeable difference being the tablet's smaller 9.7-inch screen akin to iPad Air.

A side-by-side comparison of the new 9.7" iPad Pro (right) and 12.9" iPad Pro (left) (Image: The Verge)

The smaller iPad Pro has adopted many of the same pro-level features, including an Oxide TFT display, Smart Connector, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support, and the same positioning of other ports and buttons.

The new 9.7-inch iPad Pro comes in four colors: Silver, Gold, Space Gray and Rose Gold. Pricing starts at $599 for 32GB of storage with Wi-Fi only, while 128GB and a new 256GB option will be available for $749 and $899 respectively. Pre-orders begin March 24 and shipments to customers will start March 31.Click here to read rest of article...

Article Link: Hands-On With iPhone SE, 9.7" iPad Pro, and New Apple Watch Bands
Last edited:


macrumors regular
Oct 13, 2011
Who came up with the "brilliant" idea of a camera bump on the iPad - the device that you are more likely to use on a flat surface than any other device!?!?!? Dumb beyond belief.

They are basically forcing you to get a case for it.


macrumors 6502a
Jul 7, 2008
Suspect the rose gold SE might be in the Mrs future - she loves her 5s and really isn't wanted anything bigger. This looks to be right up her street. And for myself I'm looking at the black Milanese loop, assuming the black mostly matches the black Sport 38mm watch. Not the most exciting Apple event ever but the iPhone SE is a solid upgrade for those who don't want to go bigger than their 5/5s's.


macrumors 65816
Jul 27, 2010
it's great that the se has the same form factor as the 5s - leather cases for the 5s were already disappearing from stores - now they'll be back again.

btw., are the 9.7" ipad pro's bezels wider than the air 2's?
  • Like

Michael Scrip

macrumors 604
Mar 4, 2011
Who is offering carrier subsidies (in the US) to get it for free these days?


I heard Sprint went back to offering contracts just two months after they got rid of them. I'm sure there are other carriers who will still offer them if you want.

But here's the deal... it's only "free" at the time of purchase... meaning you don't have to pay anything up-front.

However... YOU will definitely be paying the $399 over the next 24 months. It isn't a gift from the carriers.

Subsidized contracts are just another type of payment plan. Instead of paying for the phone in full... you pay little or no money down... and the rest is built into your monthly bill.

No "free" phone is ever really "free"


macrumors 6502a
Jun 17, 2009
Anyone find it stupid how Apple makes a great looking SE device w/ no protruding camera, yet the 6S/6S Plus have a protruding camera?
The SE is the newest iPhone model so it has improved beyond previous versions such as the iPhone 6s in terms of battery life and protruding camera. So presumably the iPhone 7 will also get increased battery life and no protruding camera.
  • Like
Reactions: jeffreyg
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.