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Apple iPhone SE event and livestream: everything you need to know
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Apple iPhone SE event and livestream: everything you need to know

Update: 4-inch iPhone SE announced: here are the specs

Apple has used its spring event to announce a 4-inch iPhone SE with premium hardware at a reduced price, and a successor to the iPad Air 2, which is being called the iPad Pro. Below you will find everything Apple introduced at its spring event.

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The iPhone SE is rumored to have all the same tech as the iPhone 6S, except 3D Touch. / © ANDROIDPIT

The Mobile World Congress was held in Barcelona last month, where a host of Android devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S7, were unveiled. Now, Apple is holding its own spring event replete with new products, including an attention-grabbing iPhone SE, which is rumored to be a 4-inch device with iPhone 6S hardware.

iPhone SE

Apple has announced the iPhone SE, a four-inch device with the powerful innards of the much larger iPhone 6S. It has the Apple A9 processor, a 64-bit, 1.85-GHz, dual-core beast. It also features a 12 MP rear camera, supporting 4K video.

The iPhone SE also packs in a Touch ID fingerprint scanner and NFC. The only thing it lacks, aside from a few inches, is 3D Touch technology.

Aesthetically, it looks very similar to the iPhone 5S. 

The iPhone SE comes in a range of colors. / © ANDROIDPIT

The 16 GB model is set to cost US$399, and the 64 GB model US$499, or you can pick them up free on a two-year contract.

Apple begins taking orders on March 24, and the device goes on general sale March 31.

Apple is looking to fill a gap in the market that has been left unoccupied for several years. The last big-name 4-inch devices the world saw were Apple's own iPhone 5S and 5C back in 2013.

The arrival of a powerful mini device could spark a small 2016 arms race, with Samsung already rumored to be planning a competitor in the form of an S7 Mini. Find out what the iPhone SE could do for Android in our analysis piece.

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At 4.7 inches, the Z5 Compact would be the iPhone SE's only competition in the Android world. / © ANDROIDPIT

With an iPhone 7 announcement almost certain to come this fall. this marks the first time Apple has announced two device lines in the same year, 

9.7-inch iPad Pro

Apple also announced a new, smaller iPad Pro. It features a display with new True Tone technology that senses the light in your surroundings and adjusts the screen to suit. There's also a Smart Connector, improved speakers and a better camera, at 12 MP with a True Tone flash. 

It costs US$599 for the 32 GB model, and US$749 for a 128 GB model, and US$899 for a 256 GB model.

Inside, there's an A9X chip, which Apple says will provide ample performance for gaming and multitasking. 

Are you looking forward to seeing what a 4-inch iPhone might be like? What effect do you think it will have on the Android ecosystem? Let us know by leaving us a comment.


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