Apple has announced two new but not so new products today on their iPhone and iPad lineups: A Red variant of the iPhone 7 and and a new iPad 9.7″
Red iPhone 7 & 7 Plus
Today Apple has announced a new colour option of their iPhone 7 and 7 Plus variants: The (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition. These phones have a vibrant red aluminium finish and are being released for a cause. “This gives customers an unprecedented way to contribute to the Global Fund and bring the world a step closer to an AIDS-free generation,” Apple says in the release.
This is not the first time they have given their backing towards this cause. They have been collaborating with RED for 10 years through the release of special edition iPod Nanos, Beats products and also accessories (cases). According to Apple, they will be available to order worldwide and will be in stores beginning Friday this week.
The new iPad 9.7″
This is actually a surprise when you compare it with the new colour variant for the iPhone 7 & 7 Plus. Apple has decided to release a 9.7″ iPad which starts at $329 which is the cheapest price they have ever slapped on an iPad this size.
It has the characteristic 2048 x 1536 Retina display and it is powered by the A9 chip which powered the iPhone 6S generation. On the front we have the old 1.2 MP Facetime HD camera and a 8MP iSight camera at the back which shoots 1080p video. Apple claims it has 10 hour battery life (as they usually do).
The price starts at $329 for the 32GB model (Wi-Fi only) and goes upto $459 for the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. They will be available from Friday this week like the new iPhones. Check out the rest of the specs here.
Funny enough, Apple now sells the iPad Mini 4 at a higher starting price than the new iPad where it now retails for $399 for the 128GB Wi-Fi model and $529 for the 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model.