Obviously, the new iPad doesn’t have any of the Pro’s features, like the Smart Connector or Apple Pencil support, but it’s definitely an attractive entry-level model.
As far as the iPad mini, the fourth generation of Apple’s 7.9-inch tablet is still hanging around, but it’s the only model that doesn’t start at 32GB of storage. The mini now comes with just one storage option, 128GB, for the same price of US$399.
That makes it slightly cheaper than a similarly spec’d iPad, but Apple is clearly pushing the larger tablet here, continuing a trend that started with the iPad Pro.
The mini is still running the two-year-old A8 chip, and all signs appear to point to a phase-out of the smaller tablet within the next year or so.
So, Apple’s iPad lineup now looks like this: at the low end, there’s the 32GB US$329 9.7-inch iPad, followed by the US$399 128GB mini. Then there’s the US$599 9.7-inch 32GB iPad Pro, and the US$799 12.9-inch Pro with 32 GB of storage.
That’s still a lot of options, but it’s much easier to digest than the previous lineup, and puts a clear delineation between the upper and lower models without sacrificing too much in the way of performance.
The new iPad will go on sale Friday, March 24 in the U.S. and more the 20 countries.
You don’t have to buy the special-edition Nike+ version of the Apple Watch Series 2 to get your hands on that breathable perforated Sport band.
Apple just refreshed its accessory line-up for spring, and the US$49 Nike option is a highlight for athletes.
In addition to the Nike Sport band, which comes in three colours, Apple also introduced three new colours for its regular US$49 Sport bands, a new US$49 wide-stripe nylon band in six colours, and three colours for the $149 leather classic buckle option complete with new buckle design.
If you’re feeling fancy, Apple’s leather band collection with Hermès now includes some stunning new colours for a price: a US$339 42mm single tour leather band in “lime epsom” and “colvert swift” (chartreuse and teal, basically); a US$489 38mm double tour leather band in “bleu zéphyr epsom” (a robin’s egg blue); and a US$689 38mm leather double buckle cuff in “fauve barenia” (I had to Google this, but it’s a classic English saddle shade).
If you buy the Apple Watch Series 2 with the double buckle cuff (which starts at US$1149), you’ll also get an exclusive orange Hermès Sport band for free.
You can order all of those bands online today from Apple or Hermès in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates.
iPhone accessory lovers won’t be left out of Apple’s spring style refresh. Starting today, Apple is offering three new shades of silicone iPhone 7 and 7 Plus cases and three leather options starting at $35.
Apple is all about colour this season, with a bright red iPhone 7 joining the line-up today, too. If a brand new phone is out of your budget, a new case is significantly cheaper.
This article originally appeared on Macworld.com