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Surprise! Apple Just Released New Products

With a single website update, Apple just refreshed its iPad lineup, ditched the 16GB iPhone SE, and announced a new (RED) iPhone 7.
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Apple diehards have come to expect a spring event in March. For instance, last year's event saw the release of the then-new iPhone SE, more Apple Watch bands (with a mediocre price cut), and a 9.7" iPad Pro.

This year, there was no spring event! Instead, the sneaky tech giant took its website down for "maintenance". When it came back up, Apple fans saw some massive changes to iPhone and iPad.

Seeing (RED) on iPhone

Available in a bright crimson hue, every Product (RED) version of the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus purchased will contribute an unspecified amount to the Global Fund to support HIV/AIDS programs.

Apple also ditched the 16GB model of the iPhone SE, which was introduced just last year.

Apple also ditched the 16GB model of the iPhone SE, which was introduced just last year. Instead, it upped the storage. Now, the lowest-capacity iPhone SE available is the new 32GB version, which kept the 16GB price ($399). Apple also kicked the 64GB model to the curb in favor of a 128GB model, which is $499. You can shop for these new iPhones on March 24.

Apple Has Run Out of Air

The iPad Air 2 is no more, but Apple's new 9.7" iPad reportedly looks pretty familiar. There are some decent internal upgrades, although the A9 processor is slightly older. What's more, Engadget notes that "its screen isn't laminated to the glass and doesn't have the anti-reflective treatment found on the screen of every other iPad." Still, the new model comes in either 32GB or 128GB versions. Best of all, it starts at $329.

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Apple also chucked the 32GB and 64GB models of the iPad mini 4. Instead, it introduced a single model that boasts 128GB. However, the extra storage doesn't come at an extra cost — the WiFi-only model will be $399, and WiFi plus LTE will be $529.

Readers, what do you think about Apple's quiet launch of these new products? Are you excited to get your hands on any of them? Sound off in the comments below!


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Julie joined DealNews in 2015, after many years of becoming well-versed in technology issues as a communications professional for a software company. She first entered journalism in college, reporting on issues facing frugal students for CollegeCandy.com. Julie lives in DealNews' hometown of Huntsville, AL.
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3 comments
Greg the Gruesome
It appears that this latest iPad (everymac.com is calling it the 9.7-inch iPad Early 2017 for lack of a better designation) has the same dimensions as the iPad Air 1 so I wonder whether cases that fit the iPad Air 1 will fit it.

@Brook: I agree that "massive changes" is quite an overstatement but I'd say that the early 2017 iPad is worthy of note and a lot more important than the PRODUCT(RED) iPhone.
thisisasj
@Brook
There are more important things you should be upset about. Really.
Brook
"massive changes"

Really? The only thing new is a red color of a phone they already had! And they dropped several poor selling products and you call that "massive changes".

I like and use Apple products however this over hyped write-up make it sound like you work for Apple and they just cured cancer.