It’s March 24th around the globe which means Apple’s 4-inch iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro are now available to preorder ahead of their March 31st availability.
The iPhone SE shares its looks with the older iPhone 5s but features Apple’s much faster A9 chip, a better camera and flash, and support for Apple Pay via integrated NFC chip and fingerprint sensor. The iPhone SE is available in space gray, silver, gold, and rose gold finishes in 16GB ($399) and 64GB ($499) capacities.
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro is basically the 12.9-inch Pro model shrunk down into the more traditional iPad body with a better camera. And because it’s an iPad Pro you get support for Apple Pencil, Smart keyboard covers, a 264-ppi Retina display, four speakers, and a fast Apple A9X chip. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro starts at $599 for the 32GB Wi-Fi-only model, and maxes out with a 256GB Wi-Fi + LTE variation for $1,029.
Both the iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro are available to order now from Apple (including the Apple Store app) and its partners in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, US Virgin Islands, and the US. Dozens of other countries will be added in early April.
42 percent of Verge readers responding to a Monday poll said that the new iPad Pro was worth getting or upgrading to. After achieving early success as "post PC" devices, iPad sales have steadily fallen off in recent years as buyers have seen little reason to upgrade. Similarly, 22 percent of Verge readers who responded to a poll in February, think that 4-inches is the ideal iPhone display size. A sentiment Apple hopes will entice the 60 percent of iPhone owners that haven’t yet bothered to upgrade to one of Apple’s larger phones.