Apple Announces Unified ‘TV’ App for Apple TV, iPad, iPhone

Apple Announces Unified 'TV' App for Apple TV, iPad, iPhone


  • The new app will be available for free by the end of 2016
  • Siri can be used to jump to a show or channel immediately
  • Human-curated lists will show recommended new shows

Apple’s new MacBook Pros with Touch Bar controllersmight have stolen the show at its Cupertino event today, but there was also a significant update to the company’s TV ecosystem. A new app, simply called TV, will be coming to Apple TV, iPad and iPhone for free later this year, and will unify the content that users buy and subscribe to across multiple services.

The interface might hold clues to what Apple was often rumoured to be working on, though the company was earlier expect to launch its own TVs. With the new app, shows, movies and even live events are sorted and organised within the TV app’s interface. You can use Siri to launch into a video just by its name, or by the name of a channel or service, or even by the name of a sports team. A queue called Up Next will show what you’ve been watching recently, and will automatically sync across devices. Recommendations curated by human agents will also be visible.

Apple also showed off interactive content in a demonstration by Twitter which merged real-time conversations and reactions with content playing live. Twitter will be bringing sports matches, general news and special election coverage to users for free, in partnership with BuzzFeed and Bloomberg, among others. Users can jump into conversations, vote in polls, and experience TV in a whole new way.Services in the US include Hulu, Starz, HBO Go, DirecTV, Dish network, and of course iTunes. Users will be able to rent or buy content within the interface.

In another announcement, Minecraft will be coming to Apple TV. In total there are now over 8,000 apps currently available in the Apple TV app store, including 2,000 games and 1,600 content apps.

Apple also showed off improved iOS functions for Japan, such as detailed transit information in Maps including fares comparison and local signs. CEO Tim Cook pointed out that iOS 10 is now running on 60 percent of compatible Apple devices, whereas the latest version of Android has barely 1 percent penetration and won’t even be available on the majority of Android devices.

Finally, it was reiterated the Apple Watch Nike+ will go on sale tomorrow, with India in the first wave of launch countries. It will be priced at at Rs. 32,900 and Rs. 34,900 for the 38mm and 42mm versions respectively. This variant of the Apple Watch Series 2 integrates the Nike+ Run Club app which features workout guidance, and also has unique Sport Bands and watch faces.

Disclosure: Gadgets 360’s travel and hotel for the event in Cupertino were sponsored by Apple.


MacBook Pro Can’t Connect to Your iPhone, iPad Without Additional Adapters

MacBook Pro Can't Connect to Your iPhone, iPad Without Additional Adapters


  • The MacBook Pro has four Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • There is Lightning port on both the 13-inch and 15-inch variants
  • The MacBook Pro starts at Rs. 1,29,900 in India

At its ‘Hello Again’ event in California, Apple finally made the new Macbook Pro official. The laptop comes in 13-inch and 15-inch variants, and sports a Touch Bar and Touch ID on the keyboard. The laptop is touted to be lighter and thinner than the predecessor, not to mention much faster (up to 130 percent faster graphics). Furthermore, the Force Touch trackpad is significantly larger, and two speakers on the edges enable 58 percent more volume. While all of this sounds great, the MacBook Pro has no ports that enable seamless connectivity with its own products.

The MacBook Pro sports four Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C ports and one 3.5mm audio jack (phew), but no Lightning port to connect iPhone and iPad devices with the new MacBook Pro. This means that if iPhones and iPads need to be connected to the MacBook Pro, users will have to buy an additional adapter or cable for it. Same goes for SD cards as well.

This ‘adapter for connectivity’ school of thought that Apple has been adopting this year is quite strange, as one would think that Apple would at least consider the convenience factor for its own ecosystem of products and make it easy for them to interconnect. That clearly is not the case this time, and even the Lightning EarPods released with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have nowhere to connect on the MacBook Pro. Just to recall, Apple even bundled a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter with every iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus this year, to fill the standard audio void.So now, to connect your iPhone or iPad to your MacBook, whether for charging, transfers, or updates, you’ll need a new cable or a new adapter. The USB Type-C to Lightning Cable costs an additional $25 (roughly Rs. 1,700) for 1 metre and $35 (roughly Rs. 2,400) for 2 metre. A USB Type-C to USB adapter costs $19 (roughly Rs. 1,300), and if you buy a MacBook Pro, these cables are an inevitable buy for all iPhone users, at least.

The MacBook Pro availability is not known yet in India, but the 13-inch MacBook Pro is priced starting at Rs. 1,29,900, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID will be priced starting at Rs. 1,55,900 while the 15-inch model will start at Rs. 2,05,900.

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4chan Users Claim to Have Hacked Hillary Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta’s iPhone, iPad4chan Users Claim to Have Hacked Hillary Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta’s iPhone, iPad

4chan Users Claim to Have Hacked Hillary Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta's iPhone, iPad

4chan Users Claim to Have Hacked Hillary Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta’s iPhone, iPad
4chan hackers found John Podesta’s password in WikiLeaks email dump
WikiLeaks, however, says it had changed password before releasing emails
Podesta’s Twitter account had been hacked earlier as well
Hackers on a 4chan message board claim to have wiped the iPhone and iPad of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta. The hackers got access to Podesta’s Apple devices within 12 hours of WikiLeaks releasing private emails from his accounts on Wednesday, which apparently included his Apple ID credentials as well as his Social Security number.

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Pwn All The Things @pwnallthethings
Took about ~25 minutes from WL posting “part 5” emails before 4Chan had found Podesta’s Apple creds and logged in for first time fyi.
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13 Oct
Pwn All The Things @pwnallthethings
Apparently some asshole from anonymous compromised Podesta’s Apple account using creds in WL dump and remotely wiped his phone. V cruel.
Pwn All The Things @pwnallthethings
4chan also apparently wiped Podesta’s iPad.
10:56 PM – 13 Oct 2016
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Before erasing the iPhone and iPad, 4chan users on a Reddit thread claim that they downloaded the data from Podesta’s email account. Talking to Gizmodo, a representative of the hackers said that information in the Podesta leaks was “helpful in conducting phishing attacks for the DNC members before the leaks emerged on Wikileaks.”

The hacker was able to get access the passwords of several dozen senators’ email IDs, credit card information, as well Social Security numbers. The list includes the likes of US Vice President Joe Biden, acting chair of Democratic National Party (DNC) Donna Brazile, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

However, WikiLeaks on its Twitter handle said that it had changed the relevant credentials before releasing the email dump. Regardless of the veracity of the claim, it appears Podesta did not change his credentials including his Apple ID, despite his emails having been released to the public.

14 Oct
WikiLeaks ✔ @wikileaks
@mkarolian No they didn’t. We checked that the credentials had already been changed.
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@wikileaks @mkarolian Ha! Masterful work and delivery. Long live WikiLeaks ♥
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The screenshots show that Podesta had not enabled two-factor verification – an added layer of security – on his Apple ID.

Soon after the WikiLeaks dump, Podesta’s Twitter account was hacked and a tweet asking followers to vote for Clinton’s rival Donald Trump was sent out. The tweet was deleted later. The Clinton campaign has confirmed the hacked Twitter account, but has not said anything about the wiped iPhone and iPad.

Tags: Apple, Apple ID, Hillary Clinton, John Podesta, Hacking, iPhone, iPad, Cyber-security, Cyber-crime, Twitter, 4chan


How to Download and Install iOS 10 Beta on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

How to Download and Install iOS 10 Beta on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch


  • iOS 10 public beta is now available.
  • You can download and install it for free.
  • Be sure to back up your iOS device first.

Apple has made iOS 10 public beta available as a free download. If you want to try out the newest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, you can do so now. A word of caution – be sure to backup your iOS device before you download and install iOS 10 public beta. Be aware that this isn’t the final version of iOS 10 and that it will have quite a few bugs and that your favourite apps may stop working entirely. We strongly advise that if you’re going to install iOS 10 public beta, don’t do it on your primary iOS device.

Which iOS devices can install iOS 10 public beta?
Apple has announced iOS 10 for the following devices:

iPhone 6s
iPhone 6s Plus
iPhone 6
iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone SE
iPhone 5s
iPhone 5c
iPhone 5
iPad Pro 12.9-inch
iPad Pro 9.7-inch
iPad Air 2
iPad Air
iPad 4th generation
iPad mini 4
iPad mini 3
iPad mini 2
iPod touch 6th generation

If you have any of these, you can install the iOS 10 public beta. Follow the steps below.

How to download and install iOS 10 public beta


  1. Open Safari on any of the iOS devices listed above.
  2. Head to Apple’s iOS 10 public beta website.
  3. Tap the blue Sign Up button and sign up for the beta software program.
  4. If you already have signed up, just tap Sign In and key in your your Apple ID and password.
  5. Read the Apple Beta Software Program Agreement and tap Accept.
  6. Tap the iOS tab. Its background becomes blue when selected.
  7. Under Get Started, tap enroll your iOS device.
  8. Scroll down and tap the blue Download profile button.
  9. This will take open an Install Profile screen, asking you to install iOS Beta Software Profile. Tap theInstall button on the top-right.
  10. Enter your passcode, if any.
  11. Read the Consent message from Apple. Tap Install on the top-right.
  12. Tap Install again in the pop-up.
  13. A pop-up will ask you to restart your iOS device to apply changes. Tap Restart.
  14. Once the device has rebooted, head to Settings > General > Software Update.
  15. You will see iOS 10 Public Beta 1 here. Tap Download and Install.
  16. Enter your passcode, if any.
  17. Read Apple’s Terms and Conditions and then tap Agree on the bottom-right.
  18. Now iOS 10 will begin downloading. On our iPhone 5s, it showed up as a 1.6GB download.
  19. Once the download is complete, tap Install Now to install iOS 10 public beta on your iOS device.

Even though this process seems long, it is fairly simple. Most people will have no trouble installing iOS 10 public beta. Did you take the plunge and install iOS 10 public beta on your iOS device? Do you like it? Let us know via the comments. For more tutorials, visit our How to section.

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The iPad Pro is the most accessible computer Apple has ever built

I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with traditional laptops, like the MacBook. I own one of the first aluminum unibody models.

It was my first Mac, and despite being ancient in computer years, it’s still serviceable. I don’t use it much anymore, but it’s fun to think that a machine I bought in 2008 is capable of running OS X El Capitan in 2016 (albeit not well).

My MacBook may be slow and technically obsolete, but it still *works*. Its longevity speaks to Apple’s hardware prowess—design-wise, today’s MacBook Pros are direct descendants—and the Mac’s value proposition.

Though the MacBook chugs along, it’s not all roses. In my experience, I’ve found the laptop’s form factor to work against me in terms of accessibility.

As I wrote last year, the problem is that a laptop’s screen has always felt “far away.” Being visually impaired, I need to get as close as possible in order to see comfortably, and a laptop’s screen makes that difficult. I have to lean in to see, almost the point where my nose is touching the display. It’s not only ergonomically terrible but I look pretty silly doing it. I try to compensate for this by adjusting the position of the screen and using software tricks like increasing the size of the mouse pointer, but its benefits are nominal.

The fact of the matter is that laptops are harder for me to use because I can’t get as close to the screen as I need to work effectively. It isn’t that I *can’t* use laptops; it’s that using them has always felt like an uphill battle I can’t win.

The iPad, particularly the 12.9-inch Pro, offers a vastly different experience. It’s roughly the size of the 12-inch Retina MacBook, but the tablet’s form factor and interaction model make it so much better for accessibility.

It’s for these reasons (as well as my familiarity with iOS) that has made me a believer in using the iPad as my main computer. Unlike my old MacBook, I can hold the iPad Pro as close to my face as necessary, and I can do things simply by touching the screen.

My enthusiasm for the iPad is why I disagree strongly with Tech Insider’s Tim Stenovec, whom I feel was off the mark when he recently wrote the iPad Pro “isn’t as versatile as a computer,” as it seems his comment overlooks a niche but not insignificant demographic: the accessibility community.

I contend that the iPad is in many ways *more* versatile than a laptop for people with disabilities. Computing and productivity isn’t always about a spec sheet or raw power or Photoshop. The iPad *is* a full-fledged computer, no question about it. After using a review unit for a while, I believe the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the most accessible computer Apple has ever built.


The iPad Pro’s Killer Feature: Bigger Is Better

From an accessibility standpoint, the iPad Pro’s killer feature is its screen.

In [writing about why I switched to an iPhone 6s Plus, I said this about the iPad Pro:

At 12.9 inches, the iPad Pro’s display is the best thing to happen to my vision in a long time. Its effects aren’t only about pixel density or color accuracy; it’s about sheer size. The iPad Pro’s screen is huge and has completely transformed how I work. Everything I see on the iPad is better simply by virtue of the big screen, from managing email to browsing the Web to typing on the virtual keyboard.

The key takeaway I have from using the iPad Pro is that bigger screens are better for my vision. The Pro’s huge screen is a glory to behold because my eyes don’t have to work as hard to read text or find buttons; everything I see is more visually accessible. The great part is that it’s the same iPad experience I was used to on the 9.7-inch model, only now it’s super-sized. There was no learning curve or period of adjustment in moving to the Pro. Suffice it to say, moving to the iPad Pro from my iPad Air 1 has been a considerable upgrade.

While it may seem trite or overly simplistic to assert that the iPad Pro is great mostly for its screen, it makes sense in an accessibility context. Using the iPad Pro has been nothing short of a revelation. It’s taught me to embrace the ginormous iOS devices *because* of their ginormous screens, their overall unwieldiness be damned.

It’s worth noting, too, just how much of an effect the iPad Pro’s screen has on one’s perception of other devices. After only the first few hours with my review unit, my old iPad Air felt comically small. Compared to the Pro, using the Air made me feel as though I were holding an iPad Mini. It’s a stark contrast, to be sure, but I can’t see myself returning to the “small” 9.7-inch size after using the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Holding and Using the iPad Pro

When it was first announced, I worried the iPad Pro would be uncomfortable to use while sitting on the couch, to read or watch videos, because the device is so large. As it turns out, holding the tablet hasn’t been an issue. It is heavier than my iPad Air 1, but its weight is commensurate with its size. It’s not heavy overall, but like the iPhone 6s Plus, is better when held with two hands. Nonetheless, also like the 6s Plus, the Pro’s awesome screen trumps any concern over its physical size.

If I’m not holding the Pro, I’m typing with it on my lap. Though I do like the Smart Keyboard (more on it later), most of my “working hours” (i.e., writing) are spent using the virtual keyboard. I like it a lot, even though typing isn’t the easiest thing for me to do. The larger screen naturally allows for a larger keyboard, and I feel like my hands have more room to move. I feel like the bigger space is more forgiving on my two-finger, hunt-and-peck typing style.


iOS 9 On the Big Screen

As I wrote previously, iOS on the iPad Pro is instantly familiar to me. The difference is that iOS has never before been thrust onto a display as large and packed with as many pixels as the iPad Pro’s. That I can see more at a glance is undoubtedly a good thing, but it doesn’t mean everything is perfect.

Let’s first accentuate the positive. One of the advantages of using iOS as a primary platform is the operating system’s lack of cruft. Conceptually speaking, where OS X was conceived around keyboard-and-mouse input and multiple windows, iOS is radically different. It’s built for touch, gestures of all sorts, and, until recently, showed only one app at a time. This lack of complexity is partly why iOS devices are loved by people of all ages and abilities, and why iOS is so great for accessibility. As I wrote at the outset, this simplicity is a key reason why I choose to work from an iPad rather than a MacBook.

Of course, iOS has grown more mature and complex since “iPhone OS 1.0” in 2007. One of the [marquee features of iOS 9]( is the multitasking support for iPad. Being able to see two apps at once has greatly improved my productivity, as I’m now able to have Safari open beside my text editor, which saves me from constantly switching back and forth to research information and grab links. It’s so nice.

As I familiarized myself with iOS 9’s multitasking features, one thought that persisted in my mind was how accessible the Split View model is. With desktop OSes, I’ve run into a lot of trouble trying to manage windows on screen—resizing them is especially troublesome because of the difficulty in finding a window’s edge and judging an appropriate size.

By contrast, Apple has limitations regarding how much of their screen an app can occupy. This lessens my cognitive load because I no longer need to struggle in deciding where I want to put things; I only need to decide if I want an app to take up a quarter or half of the screen.

More importantly for accessibility, the mechanics by which you invoke Split View or Slide Over are infinitely more accessible than fiddling with a mouse pointer. All I do is move my finger to drag the divider where I want it; it also helps the divider is dark enough that I can easily see it on screen.

I have only one complaint about iOS on the iPad Pro. It’s likely Apple is going to preview iOS 10 in the next few months, and I’d love to see the company push even further at enhancing the experience on iPad. The multitasking improvements notwithstanding, iOS is effectively an OS meant for smartphones, and it really shows on iPad Pro. It would be awesome to see Apple rework iOS on the 12.9-inch model to take even better advantage of the screen real estate. Buttons and other user interface elements could be made more pronounced without requiring Display Zoom, for instance. Likewise, the insertion point, magnification loupe, and cut/copy/paste menu all sorely need a visual upgrade.

On a display as large as iPad Pro’s, these elements’ small size is untenable for the visually impaired. At the very least, iOS 10 should include an setting under Accessibility where users can adjust the size of the insertion point, similar to the mouse pointer option on the Mac.

Gripes aside, I’m pleased by the overall experience of iOS on the iPad Pro. I think it’s important to clarify, though, that for as much as I laud iOS, I don’t mean to imply that OS X is inaccessible or a worse system. I like the Mac very much, but the accessibility benefits to using a touch-driven OS are so obvious that it feels right to spend the majority of my time on iOS.


The Accessories: Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil

First, the Smart Keyboard. I’ve written practically the whole of this article on it, and it’s been great. Although I hated it at first, I’ve grown to really like the Smart Keyboard. It looks good, feels good to type on, and isn’t too bulky. I’ve tried several third-party iPad keyboards in the past, but none match the niceness or features (firmware updates!) of Apple’s solution.

My favorite thing about it? Hitting Command-Tab to quickly switch apps.

That said, the Smart Keyboard would be better if it had two things. First, I’d love backlit keys. I don’t know how practical this is, engineering-wise, but the keys as-is are tough to see in low light. I spend several seconds looking for the right keys to press because it’s hard to tell what I’m looking at, and more often than not, I end up hitting the wrong key(s). The extra light would go a long way in helping me more easily spot keys. Secondly, the Caps Lock key needs an indicator light. One great aspect about my old Apple wireless keyboard is it has a little green light that tells you whether caps lock is on or not. That visual cue is a valuable, however subtle, accessibility aid. Even in writing this piece, I’ve lost count at how many times I’ve pressed Caps Lock in order to see if it’s on or off because I can’t tell which state it’s in, and I keep making typos. It’s frustrating.

Finally, a note about attaching the keyboard. My review kit from Apple included both accessories, and I had the hardest time in the beginning trying to get the Smart Keyboard and iPad together. This is due to dexterity issues caused by my cerebral palsy, as well as my low vision. (In other words, folding the keyboard and seeing where the Smart Connector is supposed to dock.) After a few expletive-laden attempts, it took a how-to video by a friend sent over iMessage for me to finally grasp the proper technique.

iPad Pro 9.7 - 1

Regarding Apple Pencil, there aren’t enough superlatives in the dictionary to describe how great it is. In fact, I would say a solid argument could be made that the Pencil, on its own merits, was the most impressive product to come out of Cupertino last year. It’s quintessential Apple: their classic mix of hardware and software integration that works so well, you’d swear it’s magic. It’s that good.

Using the Apple Pencil with iPad Pro feels to me like the digital equivalent of the analog pen (or pencil) and paper. The Pencil feels good to hold and to write with. Like with the Smart Keyboard, I’ve used other stylus-like devices with iPads in the past, but none come close to delivering what the Pencil can. It’s one of those “only Apple” things that Tim Cook often boasts about, because Apple controls the whole stack by designing their products in concert.

The best part about using Apple Pencil is that it’s gotten me to explore my creative side. I envy (and admire) [hose who have far more artistic ability than I, but I do enjoy doodling and coloring. One of the first App Store apps I downloaded for the iPad Pro was Pigment by Pixite, an “adult coloring book” that’s become one of my favorite apps.

As with printed coloring books, you’re presented with black-and-white “pages” of pictures spanning various categories to color. It’s a well done app; I especially like that you can pinch-to-zoom to better see the lines. It’s a big help for me in seeing more detail and making sure my work is neat. Most of all, I like Pigment because coloring is therapeutic.

When I’m stressed or get a case of writer’s block, I find it relaxing to grab my Pencil, open Pigment, and color away for a few minutes. It’s fun, although I’ve yet to finish a page. It’s more about process than product.

I have no qualms over the Apple Pencil itself. The only issue I have is that I’m paranoid about losing the cap. It’s tiny, and I fret over it falling to the floor and rolling into the abyss because, given my eyesight, I’d probably never see it again. I’ve jokingly tweeted a few times that Apple should make a Find My Apple Pencil Cap app for iPhone, so as to help people find the cap when they inevitably misplace it.


Final Thoughts

I cringe whenever I see others in the tech press who, like Tim Stenovec did, say that the iPad isn’t a real computer. I think this line of thinking is shortsighted and does the iPad a disservice. I concede that a MacBook remains better than an iPad Pro at performing certain tasks — podcasting is one example — but the iPad is getting so powerful now that the list of things it can’t do is growing ever more esoteric.

At this point, I think to perpetuate the tired “laptops are for creation, tablets are for consumption” rhetoric is disingenuous.

In terms of accessibility and ease of use, however, the iPad Pro is the clear winner over a laptop. As a person with years of experience using iPads in accessibility-centric settings, I am keenly aware of the tablet’s strengths and weaknesses. Yes, the experience of using iOS on the iPad can and should improve, but whatever faults that presently exist doesn’t entirely deter from its obvious and far-reaching benefits. This applies to the disabled and non-disabled alike. Today’s iPad Pro is a powerhouse, and its future potential feels limitless.

John Gruber astutely pointed out in concluding his iPad Pro review that “the future of mass market portable computing involves neither a mouse pointer nor an x86 processor.”

I sincerely believe that. The iPad Pro may not be a laptop replacement for everyone, and that’s okay, but it surely is for me. The allure of iOS and the tablet’s form is irresistible, and its combination makes computing much more accessible. While I’ll forever lust over the 12-inch MacBook’s svelte design, the 12.9″ iPad Pro is absolutely the better “laptop” for my needs.


iPhone SE, 9.7-Inch iPad Pro Now Officially Available in India

iPhone SE, 9.7-Inch iPad Pro Now Officially Available in India

Apple India has launched the new smartphone and tablet it unveiled globally last month, the 4-inch iPhone SE and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

The iPhone SE (Review) and 9.7-inch iPad Pro (Wi-Fi | Cellular) are available through the company’s online and offline retail partners in the country. The iPhone SE is available in two storage variants – 16GB and 64GB, with the former priced at Rs. 39,000, and the latter at Rs. 49,000.

(Also see: iPhone SE’s Rs. 39,000 Price Tag – Relax, the MRP Doesn’t Mean What It Used To)

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro on the other hand is available in 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage variants, in Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi+Cellular models. As for Wi-Fi only, the 32GB model is priced at Rs. 49,900, the 128GB model at Rs. 61,900, and the 256GB model at Rs. 73,900.

The Wi-Fi+Cellular models have been priced at Rs. 61,900 for the 32GB model, Rs. 73,900 for the 128GB model, and Rs. 85,900 for the 256GB model.

(Also see: iPhone SE vs iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6s)

Apple last month also dropped the price of the Apple Watch in India, with the cheapest Sport (38mm) model now beginning at Rs. 25,900.

(Also see: 9.7-Inch iPad Pro vs 12.9-Inch iPad Pro vs iPad Air 2)

India is part of the second wave of the iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro launch countries. First wave of launch countries were: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, US Virgin Islands, and the US, where customers gained availability on March 31.

(Also see: Why Is India Not in the First Wave of iPhone SE Launches?)

Apart from India, the second wave of launch countries are Albania, Andorra, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Guernsey, Jersey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Maldives, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, and UAE.

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Apple iPhone SE

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iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro Start Shipping to Pre-Order Customers

iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro Start Shipping to Pre-Order Customers

Apple after launching its iPhone SE and the smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro tablet last month, on Thursday began shipping them to customers who pre-ordered them in the first wave of launch markets, and opened availability in those regions. The pre-orders of the two devices commenced shortly after the launch. The smartphone was recently also reported to have surpassed 3.4 million registrations in China alone.

On Thursday, the iPhone SE and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro began shipping launching in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, UK, the Virgin Islands, and the US. Availability in authorised retail stores should happen along side.

India is in the second wave of launches for the iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro, with the former set to hit the shelves in the country by April 8. The handset will be available in India starting from Rs. 39,000. In the meanwhile, the iPad Pro is due to arrive in early April as well, and though Apple has provided pricing details (Rs. 49,900 for 32GB Wi-Fi only and Rs. 61,900 for 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular), no exact launch date is known.

Apple distributors Ingram Micro and Redington India has in a press statement confirmed that the iPhone SE will be going on sale on April 8. The former says the smartphone will be available across over 2,500 retail outlets in India, while the latter says 3,000 retail outlets.

For specifications, the iPhone SE features the iPhone 6s’ Apple A9 SoC and M9 motion coprocessor, 12-megapixel iSight (rear) camera with 4K video support, a 1.2-megapixel FaceTime (front) camera, Bluetooth 4.2, improved Wi-Fi and LTE, new microphones, and Apple Pay support with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro comes with the same processor as its bigger sibling: the A9X. On the photography front, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro sports a 12-megapixel iSight camera with Focus Pixels, True Tone Flash, new image signal processor. On the front side, there’s a 5-megapixel FaceTime camera. It is worth noting that these camera sensors are same as the iPhone 6s from last year. The iPad Pro also supports Live Photos.

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