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Apple to launch new iPhone SE in early April in UAE, priced from Dhs 1,649

Apple to launch new iPhone SE in early April in UAE, priced from Dhs 1,649

The smaller 4-inch smartphone includes many features from the iPhone 6s

Apple launched a new smaller and cheaper iPhone on Monday, along with a 9.7-inch iPad Pro and other software advancements.

In line with rumours, the iPhone SE with a 4-inch display includes features similar to the iPhone 6s such as a A9 chip, a 12MP camera featuring Live Photos and 4K video and Touch ID with Apple Pay.

It runs on iOS 9 and has improved Siri features and a new night shift feature that uses the clock and geolocation to automatically adjust the colours in the display.

According to Apple, iPhone SE users will also be able to browse, download and stream content with wifi up to three times and LTE up to 50 per cent faster than the iPhone 5s.

Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller said: “iPhone SE is an exciting new idea — we started with a beloved, iconic design and reinvented it from the inside out. The result is the most beautiful and powerful phone with a four-inch display in the world.

“Everyone who wants a smaller phone is going to love iPhone SE.”

Featuring an aluminium design with matte-chamfered edges, the new iPhone comes in four metallic finishes, including space grey, silver, gold and rose gold.

The iPhone SE will be available in 16GB and 64GB models starting at Dhs 1,649 in the United Arab Emirates from early April. Apple-designed accessories including leather cases in black and midnight blue will also be available for Dhs 149.

The iPhone SE is Apple’s second attempt at reaching out to a lower price-point. It launched the iPhone 5c – multi-coloured plastic body device in September 2013.

iPad Pro

Apple also unveiled a new 9.7-inch iPad Pro on Monday, featuring a 64-bit A9X chip, a 12 MP camera for shooting Live Photos and 4K video and faster wireless technologies.

“iPad Pro is a new generation of iPad… It’s incredibly fast, extremely portable, and completely natural to use with your fingers, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard,” said Schiller.

“The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a new retina display with true tone technology, four-speaker audio system, blazing fast A9X chip, 12MP camera, 5MP front HD camera, faster wireless, and support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. It is the ultimate upgrade for existing iPad users and replacement for PC users.”

The new iPad Pro comes in silver, space grey, gold and a new rose gold metallic finish.

It will be available for sale in the UAE in early April with prices starting at Dhs 2,299 for the 32GB with wifi model and Dhs 2,799 for the 32GB wifi and cellular model.

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