Apple iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and More at Press Event Dylan Duarte March 21, 2016 News Apple held a special Keynote event earlier today in Cupertino, California, where CEO Tim Cook talked new iPhones, new iPads, and more, including addressing the encryption issue that’s put them in hot water with the FBI. Here are the biggest announcements from the event. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro Somebody at Apple must have realized that a 12.9-inch tablet is maybe a tad excessive. The new iPad, which we talked about last week, will be 9.7-inches, weigh less than a pound, have a keyboard case, and will come in silver, gold, rose gold, and space grey. $599 will get you the 32GB version, $749 the 128GB, and it will cost $899 for the 256GB model. Pre-orders are available now, and they’ll begin shipping on March 31st. The 4-inch iPhone SE The iPad isn’t the only thing getting shrunk down. The 4-inch iPhone SE is part iPhone 6S, part iPhone 5, and it packs an A9 processor and 12-megapixel rear camera. Basically, it runs like a 6S and looks like a 5. According to Apple, it has improved LTE and Wi-Fi speeds, better battery life, and it supports Apple Pay with NFC. It will cost $399 for a 16GB model and $499 for a 64GB model. Pre-orders start Thursday, phones start shipping on March 31st. New Features for iOS 9.3 The iOS update isn’t a big one, but it offers some cool new stuff, and fixes one pretty major flaw. iOS 9.3 brings Night Shift, which will adjust the brightness of the iPhone’s screen depending on the time of day. You can now lock notes with Touch ID. Apple News, Apple Health, and Car Play have all been tweaked for the better. Most importantly, Apple has fixed a security flaw that could allow attackers to decrypt and view photos and videos that you send over the messaging service. Apple Watch gets price cut and new bands The title really says it all. While plenty of people are waiting for a new version of the Watch, those who haven’t yet picked one up will be happy to know that the price has dropped fifty bucks to $299 and a “spring lineup” of new bands are on the way. Search Apple TV with your voice Oh how I long for a future where hunt-and-peck typing doesn’t exist. In some situations it’s unavoidable, but luckily that’s no longer the case with Apple TV. You can now search for content and even input passwords with voice control. Apple has also added a folders feature, which will let you organize your favorite apps however you’d like. Both features come with the free 9.2 update, availablae now. Apple talks encryption While there was nothing new to announce on this front, Apple of course used the event to address their current issues with the FBI regarding the security of the iPhone. Cook expressed that while they never expected to be embroiled in a battle with the US government, their allegiance remains with Apple users and it’s their responsibility to keep user data private and secure. So that’s the big stuff from today, and ironically the bigger announcements were about smaller devices – the iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro. It seems pretty smart, honestly. Everyone else is still going bigger and bigger, and while Apple has their fair share of large devices, their decision to shrink some things down might bring in customers who still believe in the power of compactness. Share This With The World!