Apple ‘Peek Performance’ event has started. This will be a virtual event. More importantly it will be a two-hour-long keynote, where the iPhone-maker is expected to reveal some new devices. Apple has showcased the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro in new green colour.
The new iPhone SE is also official and it has a higher starting price of $429. It is powered by the A15 Bionic chipset along with 5G connectivity and an improved camera. The iPad Air has also been announced. The iPad Air is powered by the M1 chip and comes with 5G connectivity as well.
The livestream is available on Apple’s website and can be accessed via the Safari website on any Apple device. Apple is also streaming the event on its YouTube channel.
Apple is showing off the revamped iPad Air for 2022. It now has the M1 chipset, which is an 8-core CPU. The new Air is two times faster than the Windows 10 laptops in the same price range, according to Apple’s claims, which is huge. The M1 chipset has a 16-core neural engine on the iPad Air. The iPad Air now gets a 12MP ultra-wide camera, and supports centre-stage on FaceTime. Now all iPad models feature Centre-stage. And yes, the iPad Air does get 5G connectivity as well. The iPad Air also gets support for Second Gen Apple Pencil.
The new iPad Air is made of 100 per cent recycled aluminium, according to Apple. It will continue with Touch ID support as well like the previous version. The new iPad Air is up for pre-order at $599. The Apple iPad Air comes in new pink, blue colour options along with space grey.
The iPhone SE is here. As expected it runs the A15 Bionic chipsets which has a four-core GPU. The same chipset is also powering the iPhone 13 series and the iPad mini. It also comes with support for features like Live Text. As expected it comes with 5G support and a better battery life. It comes with the aluminium glass design and the same glass as the iPhone 13, which Apple says is tougher and will offer better protection. It comes with Touch ID as well. Comes in Red, Black and White.
The iPhone SE (2022) now has an IP67 rating as well. While it continues with the single camera at the back, Apple says it comes with features seen on the iPhone 13 such as new Photo moods, HDR 4, etc. It will get run the latest iOS 15, of course, and Apple says it will get updates for years to come. There’s no more plastic wrap either with the box in keeping with Apple’s environmental efforts.
The price: iPhone SE now starts at $429, so yes, it is slightly more expensive than previous iPhone SE variants.
The green colour iPhone 13 and Alpine green for the iPhone 13 Pro is official. These will be up for pre-orders starting today.
The Apple Spring event has begun. Apple CEO Tim Cook on stage talking about Apple TV+. Friday Night Baseball is coming to Apple TV+. These games will only be on the streaming service.
If you are planning to get a new iPhone, which would be your pick right now, purely from a design perspective: The iPhone 13 mini or the iPhone SE 2022? The iPhone 13 has a 5.4-inch display, while the new iPhone SE will likely continue with the 4.7-inch screen. The new iPhone will also run the A15 processor and include 5G support. Of course, there will be a price difference, the iPhone SE 3 2022 will have a starting price lower compared to the mini which starts at Rs 69,900. Remember, the last iPhone SE started at Rs 42,500, which did make one of the most affordable iPhones in the market.
While the Apple event takes place tonight, if you are in the market for a new iPhone or iPad or MacBook or Mac, our advise: Best to wait till the next products are announced and the new lineup makes its way to India. Especially if you’ve been considering an iPhone SE, it would be better to wait and see how the new iPhone SE 3 is priced. Read more on that here.
Apple iPhone SE 3 could get support for MagSafe charging, and will likely have an improved battery life. The phone will also get a Ceramic Shield body. This information does come from a new set of leaks comes via the Korean blog Naver and needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. It won’t be surprising if Apple does improve battery life on the new iPhone SE, given it has done this for the iPhone 13 series as well.
Noted Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo of TF International Securities has posted his predictions on the upcoming iPhone SE 3. He wrote on his Twitter page that the iPhone SE will continue with the 64GB, 128 and 256GB storage options, it will be powered by A15 and support 5G (both mmW & Sub-6 GHz). It will come in white, black and red colour options. The design and form factor will be similar to existing iPhone SE, so yes, Apple will continue with the 4.7-inch screen on the iPhone SE 2022 as well. Kuo also thinks that the 13-inch MacBook Pro is not happening.
Some predictions for the coming new iPhone SE:
1. Mass production in Mar’22.
2. Estimated shipments of 25-30 mn units in 2022.
3. Storage: 64/128/256GB.
4. A15 & 5G support (mmW & Sub-6 GHz).
5. Casing: white, black, and red.
6. Similar form factor design to current SE.
Apple event starts at 11.30 pm IST, which is 10 am PST. The event can be streamed on Apple’s website using the Safari browser on any Apple device, be it the iPhone, iPad or MacBook or Apple TV. Apple is also hosting a live stream on its YouTube channel as well for those who prefer this method. The event starts in another four hours or so.
While there’s a lot of speculation around what Apple will launch at the event, given the company’s product timeline, it is clear what products will not be making an appearance at the event. The new MacBook Air is not expected, nor is the Apple M2 Silicon processor, though it has been in testing. Apple could showcase a 13-inch MacBook Pro with the updated M1 Pro, M1 Pro Max processors, but again we will have to wait and see if this is the case. The Apple VR/AR headset is also not expected at today’s event, and will likely be shown at WWDC in June.
Then again, Apple is known to have surprise announcements at each event and will likely have that ‘one more thing’ at this event.
Apple is also expected to showcase a new iPad Air at the event as well. This time the iPad Air will get 5G connectivity and likely run the A15 Bionic processor as well. The last iPad Air launched back in 2020 and so the lineup is due for an upgrade.
The Apple Store has gone offline ahead of today’s event. While you can still open Apple’s website, but clicking on any link will take you to the usual holding screen that says: “We are making updates to the Apple Store. Check back soon.” Apple will hold its highly-anticipated “Peek Performance” event at 11:30 pm IST. The company is expected to announce a bunch of new products, including a third-generation generation iPhone SE, a new iPad Air with M1 chip, and a high-end Mac mini.
A new high-end Mac mini could also be unveiled at Apple’s Peek Performance livestream. Both Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo have confirmed this, noting that it could launch with an M2 or M1 processor. “I’m told from a developer source that Apple has been testing multiple Macs with a new chip in recent weeks that includes an eight-core CPU (four efficiency cores and four high-performance cores) and 10 GPU cores,” said Mark, in his Power On newsletter.
According to him, Apple has been testing the new chips on machines running macOS 12.3, which should be released in the next week or two. The company has also been testing it with a future macOS 12.4 and macOS 13 and will be previewed at WWDC 2022 in June.
The iPhone SE 3 is the key focus for today’s event. It is expected to come with the new A15 processor, 5G connectivity, improved cameras, as the key features. There’s also been talk that the iPhone SE 3 will be more affordable. But given how Apple usually prices its products, this is unlikely to be the case. Remember, the older iPhone SE 2020 started at Rs 42,500 when it launched back in 2020. So Apple will likely stick to this price range or it could go higher.
Apple hosts the event on its official website, and it can also be streamed live on the company’s official YouTube channel. Those with an Apple device such as the iPhone, iPad or a MacBook or Apple TV can stream the event directly from the Apple website. The event can also be streamed on YouTube on any other non-Apple device.
The event start at 11.30 pm IST or 10.00 AM PST. This will be a two hour long keynote.
Apple’s hosting its big event today where new devices are expected. The focus will be on the iPhone SE 3 or the iPhone SE 2022, which is expected to come with 5G connectivity. Apple has already added 5G to the main iPhone series, so this was long expected on the SE variants. The SE will likely be powered by the A15 Bionic processor. It will also come with improved cameras. What is unlikely though is a reduced price point. The iPhone SE 2020 started at $399 and the India price was Rs 42,500 at the time. Apple is unlikely to go for a lower price point for the new iPhone SE 3, despite what some might be hoping for.
A new iPad Air with 5G connectivity is also expected. The last iPad Air launched in 2020 with the A14 chipset. The starting price was Rs 54,900 for India. We will have to wait and see how the new iPad Air is priced when it rolls out.
A new ‘Mac Studio’ device is also expected, which will likely be a more powerful Mac mini. A separate Studio Display could also be on the cards. And as always Apple might just have that ‘one more thing’, which none of the leaks have predicted so far.