Just a quick reminder for folks unfazed about the myriad of design similarities between the “old” iPhone 5s and “new” SE or the 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s RAM cutback. The two iDevices have gone up for pre-orders like clockwork earlier today in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, US Virgin Islands and the US.
Actual deliveries will of course only start next Thursday, March 31, and retail store inventory shall crop up around the same time. If you want to be sure you’ll get your iPhone SE or iPad Pro 9.7 shipped in a week, you probably need to hurry and order them from your regional online Apple Store.
Granted, analysts and supply chain sources don’t expect demand to break any records, but Cupertino has defied such “conservative” projections before, and we wouldn’t be shocked if it happens again.
At least stateside, the iPhone SE looks like a relatively solid deal, at $400 outright, with a premium build, A9 processor, 2GB RAM, 12 and 1.2MP cameras, 4-inch Retina display, and fingerprint recognition in tow.
It’s still a shame there’s no 32GB variant sold, though the 64 gig isn’t so wildly overpriced, at $500 commitment-free.
As for the smaller iPad Pro, that’s essentially as capable as big bro, and 200 bucks cheaper. With 32GB storage, the 9.7-incher costs $600, while the top-of-the-line LTE-enabled 256 gig configuration sets you back $1,030.
Both gadgets will further spread their wings in “early April”, when a second wave of availability is due in countries as diverse as Albania, Andorra, Bahrain, Bosnia, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Kosovo, Macau, Romania, Russia, Thailand, Turkey and UAE.