Goodies galore: Apple's March product announcement roundup


  • TECH
  • Wednesday, 22 Mar 2017

New iPad: The new iPad models now sport updated processors.

While there were no formal events to mark the launch, Apple last night announced updates to several products in its lineup.

Apart from the (PRODUCT) RED hardware and the bump up in storage capacity for the iPhone SE which we covered already, the company also updated the iPad and introduced some software updates.

iPad

The iPad Air 2 is no more and in its place is simply the iPad – Apple has decided to drop the Air name from the new iPad simply because it's not as thin and as light as the iPad Air 2 that it replaces.

The new 9.7in iPad is about 1.4mm thicker and about 32g heavier than the 9.7in iPad Air 2 but on the upside Apple has updated the hardware with the same A9 processor as the one in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

The iPad also now comes in a 32GB version, bringing the price for the entry model to a more affordable RM1,549.

There are only two storage options – apart from the 32GB, the next step up is the 128GB version which retails for RM1,999.

Of course both versions are available with built-in cellular on top of the WiFi as well for RM2,199 for the 32GB and RM2,649 for the 128GB.

Social videos: Clips will allow users to create short video clips to be shared on social networks.

Clips

Short video sharing is the in-thing right now, and Apple is also set to jump on the bandwagon with a new app called Clips.

Available in April in the App Store for free, Clips is an app that lets users create short videos with and apply filters or overlays like speech bubbles and arrows and then share it on your favourite social network.

The app also has a feature called Live Titles which can automatically pick up what you’re saying on the video as you record and automatically add animated subtitles to it.

While this is certainly not a video editing tool like iMovie or Final Cut Pro, especially since all videos are cropped into a square format, we’re quite interested to see how well Clips does considering that there are already quite a number of video sharing apps on the market.

New designs: The Apple Watch Series 1 and 2 get a new host of colour options for the various types of bands.

New Apple Watch bands

While there were no new Apple Watch models announced, Apple did update the list of watch bands for their 42mm and 38mm Apple Watch models.

There are a whole host of colours too numerous to mention here, but they include new colour options for the Sport band, Woven Nylon, Classic Buckle and Nike Sport Bands.

Swift Playgrounds

Also announced was that Swift Playgrounds is now available in five new languages, namely Simplified Chinese, Japanese, French, German and Latin American Spanish.

Swift Playgrounds is an iPad app that helps students and beginners to learn to code by offering programming lessons, puzzles and challenges.

The app is available for free in the App Store for iPad models running iOS 10 or later.

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