3 shiny new things from Apple that you can actually afford

Apple usually treats us to some new technology each spring. This year is no different, but the new arrivals are unusually affordable. At the event on March 21, the Cupertino giant unveiled a brand new iPad, a new color scheme for the iPhone, and a brand new app for sharing videos via iOS. Keep scrolling for the full roundup of shiny new things.

– New iPad with A9 processor replaces iPad Air 2 at new low price

– (RED) branded iPhones released to raise money for HIV/AIDS charity

– Clips for iOS allows users to create shareable clips from video and photos

Shiny New Things from Apple

After many years of service, Apple decided to retire the iPad Air 2 this year and introduce a new entry-level tablet. It is called the iPad (sound familiar?) and it runs on the zippy A9 processor.

Shiny New Things

That is the only major change, apart from the price: the base model is now $70 cheaper. Imagine all the replacement charging cables you could buy with that kind of money. In other tablet news, Apple has quadrupled the storage space of the iPad Mini 4.

Shiny New Things

The new PRODUCT(RED) iPhones join a long line of Apple devices supporting the fight against AIDS. Apple says that it has raised $130 million for the cause over the past decade. The crimson finish is available with the iPhone 7 and Plus. It might be garish, but who cares when you are saving lives.

Shiny New Things

Apple also provided existing iPhone owners with something new. Clips is a video editor app for iOS that lets you combine footage and photos. You can also add captions and excessive emojis. The app lets you upload your masterpiece straight to social media, or share via Messages.

“The 64-bit A9 chip delivers performance that makes every app feel fast and fluid. Explore rich learning apps, play graphics-intensive games, or even use two apps at once. All while enjoying up to 10 hours of battery life.” — Apple.com

Things We ❤️

You can’t complain about an upgraded iPad at a significantly reduced price. Clips looks great, and saving lives with your new iPhone can only be good.

Room for Improvement

The new iPad is thicker and heavier than the Air 2 it replaces, and it lacks an anti-reflective coating.


All the new hardware arrives on March 24. Clips will be made available in the App Store some time in April.

The new iPad starts at $329 for the 32GB model. Meanwhile, the PRODUCT(RED) iPhone 7 starts at $749, and the Plus version starts at $869. Clips will be free to download on iPhones and iPads running iOS 10.3.

What was your highlight from Apple’s spring event? Tell us in the comments!

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Meet Mark Myerson

Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.


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