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Existing iPhone and iPad Lineups Updated with Better Storage and Pricing

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The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were announced on Wednesday, but they were not the only devices with updates. Apple also refreshed their iPhone and iPad lineup with new prices and better storage capacities.

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The new iPhone lineup has doubled the amount of storage and better pricing across most of the models, via Apple.

For last year’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Apple has retained all the color options but improved the price and storage capacity. The phones are now available for $100 less for retail price, or roughly $5 less per month with iPhone installments. The iPhone 6s can be purchased for $22/month and the iPhone 6s Plus for $27/month. Additionally, Apple has doubled the minimum storage capacity from 16GB to 32GB and removed the 64GB capacity. The iPhone 6s/6s Plus are still available in 128GB. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have also be removed.

Despite the newness of the iPhone SE, Apple has updated it too. The iPhone SE is still available in 16GB and 64GB, but the larger storage capacity is $50 less. The iPhone SE is now $399 and $449 for full retail price. 

Apple has also refreshed their iPad lineup by removing some storage capacities, doubling others, and offering better prices. The iPad mini 2 is now only available in 32GB and starts at the price of the previous 16GB model. The iPad mini 4 is only offered in 32GB and 128GB now and the prices are lowered to the previous 16GB and 64GB models, respectively. The iPad Air 2 has retained the same prices with twice the amount of storage.

Finally, the iPad Pro has had the greatest shakeup in the lineup with storage pricing remaining the same but lower prices. The 128GB model is now $50 less and the 256GB model is $100 less. The prices also show a more consistent lineup with each model progressing by $100 for increased storage. For example, the 9.7″ iPad Pro Wi-Fi only model starts at $599 for 32GB, $699 for 128GB, and $799 for 256GB. Previously there as a difference of $150 between each storage size.

The new storage sizes of the iPad mini 4 and iPad Air 2 currently have an estimate delivery window of September 16-17th.. Also the iPhone 6s with the new 32GB storage size is currently unavailable and will be able to pre-order alongside the iPhone 7 tonight.




 

iPhone 6s: Force Touch, 12MP camera, rose gold color, A9 processor and more

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The iPhone 6s, which will be announced at Apple’s special media event next week, is no longer a secret. Parts have been leaked, analysts have given their research and inside sources have confirmed details over the past year. We know the technical specifications, the design, the new color option and all of the amazing flagship features.

Like last year’s iPhone event, Apple is planning on releasing two smartphones with varying display sizes. The iPhone 6s will have a 4.7″ display like the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6s Plus will have a 5.5″ display like the iPhone 6 Plus. The rear shell for these phones will be made of 7000 Series Aluminum with added reinforcement around the volume controls and Home button to prevent #bendgate from reoccurring. The phones will also be about 0.2mm thicker due to the Force Touch display, but this won’t be noticeable and it won’t prevent the phones from fitting into an iPhone 6 case.

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The internal components of the phones, as expected, will be updated with faster processors, higher megapixel cameras and advanced functionality. The processor behind the new iPhone is the A9 system-on-a-chip which works with the M9 co-processor and 2GB of RAM. Apple switched out the LTE modem for Qualcomm’s new chip which supports up to 300 Mbps download speeds and up to 50 Mbps upload speeds. The rear camera will either have a 12MP or 13MP sensor with support for 4K video recording while the front camera will see support for flash lighting (the display turns white for a split second to act as the flash in low-light conditions), panoramic pictures and slow-mo video. The battery capacity will slightly decreased but only since iOS 9 and the more power efficient processor require less power than before. The battery life will not change. Finally, the storage capacity will continue to be 16GB, 64GB and 128GB.

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The external design of the iPhone will be remaining the same. The phone will still have the lines on the back for the antennas, protruding camera and seamless transition from glass (not sapphire crystal) to aluminum. There will be a new color option that will be exclusive to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and the only identifying feature that will show the phones are Apple’s new iPhone. They will be available in Rose Gold, which was first introduced on the Apple Watch. However, the color will be a blend of copper and gold on anodized aluminum, unlike the Apple Watch Edition’s actual rose gold case material. The front of display will be white, like the silver and gold options now.

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The flagship feature for the iPhone 6s will be the Force Touch display, which is a pressure-sensitive technology on the touchscreen.  It allows the phone to respond differently when it feels a light tap or a deep press on the display. The different pressures will allow the user to bypass certain menus. For example, a tap on a business in Maps will open details about the business while a deep press will automatically start turn-by-turn navigation. In addition, the phone will also feature animated wallpapers similar to the dynamic wallpapers introduced with iOS 7 and the jellyfish wallpapers available on the Apple Watch. Users will be able to choose between koi fish or color smoke arrays that will always be in motion.

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As for the other phones currently on the market, Apple is planning on moving these around. The iPhone 5c, which was the first plastic iPhone, will be discontinued in favor of the iPhone 5s. The iPhone 5s will see a drop in its subsidized price to free, while the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will see price drops of $100. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be on top with their normal subsidized price points of $199 and $299, respectively. The long-rumored iPhone 6c with a 4-inch display is not ready to ship and will be held off until a later date despite what this well-known leaker said on Twitter.

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be announced on September 9th, 2015 with pre-orders starting on September 11th and the release date being September 18th.

Apple may be looking to expand storage capabilities with Samsung for iPhone 6s

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On Monday, The Korea Times reported that Apple is seeking to expand storage capabilities for its next-generation iPhone. The iPhone 6s, which is the expected name, may have larger capacities than the iPhone 6’s current lineup of 16GB, 64GB and 128GB. The article also mentioned that Apple may be looking to Samsung to supply the 64GB flash storage chips instead of their current supplier.

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Citing a source close to the deal between Samsung and Apple, The Korea Times said there has been a growing consumer demand for phones with larger storage capabilities and Apple has seen a healthy amount of sales for the 64GB iPhone. The article doesn’t go into detail about what storage options will be available for the iPhone 6s, but we can theorize that Apple might drop the 16GB iPhone in favor of the 32GB one. In addition, we might see a phone with storage capabilities larger than 128GB.

Samsung, which previously tried to be Apple’s supplier for the iPhone 6 flash storage, lost due to their high price. Toshiba, SanDisk and SK hynix picked up the contract with Apple because of their lower prices points and became the top three suppliers representing 100% of flash storage production. Toshiba is responsible for the 128GB chips and SK hynix produces the 16GB chips. Samsung would ideally begin making the 64GB chips for the iPhone 6s.

Following the WWDC keynote in early June, Apple’s SVP of Marketing Phil Schiller explained that Apple seeks to use the cloud to account for the lack of storage in 16GB models. The cloud can be used to store music, photos, videos, documents and other content. So as long as there is decent cellular or wireless service, in Apple’s mind, the 16GB iPhone is perfect. For those of us who don’t always have amazing service, a larger amount of storage would be needed so music, videos, pictures and more can be viewed offline.

Sources: The Korea Times, 9to5Mac