2017 marks the 10th anniversary for the iPhone and many are expecting Apple to release something special later this year.
In the meantime, on 21 March, the iPhone SE has recently received an upgraded storage capacity from 16GB and 64GB to now the 32GB and 128GB. Rumours for another SE model are circulating at some point in the future.
Also on 21 March, the iPhone 7 has received a minor update during an Apple Store update, adding a Product RED version. Product RED is a charity that attempts to end AIDS in Africa. Part of the proceeds from the new red models will go to charity. Since Product RED was founded in 2006, Apple has generated more than £103 000 for the charity.
Perhaps the biggest expected change to the design of the iPhone 8 is the removal of the Home Button to allow edge-to-edge glass display. Alternatively, instead of the fingerprint sensor, Apple may use facial recognition making the new iPhone a truly remarkable innovation. Other rumoured features are wireless charging, long-range wireless charging and OLED display rather than LCD panels.
These along with internal upgrades will most likely be released in September 2017.
There wasn’t a new iPad Air released in either 2015 and 2016, so it was not surprising when Apple released a new iPad this month. Apple has done away with the “Air” from its name and the iPad Air line is now just called “iPad”. The new iPad comes with Apple’s A9 processor, an update to the A8X processor in the iPad Air A2 — meaning it has the same chip as the iPhone 6s, but keeps the same display and cameras as the Air 2.
The iPad mini received a minor update in March 2017, gaining more capacity for the same price (£419 for the 128GB Wi-Fi model and £549 for the 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular). The iPad mini may see an upgrade this coming October, with the introduction of the iPad Mini Pro with upgraded components, a new thinner, more durable aluminium chassis, and will include the Smart Connector to match that of the other iPad Pro devices.
The new iOS update is traditionally released in the autumn with rumours announcement in June. So far the biggest rumour for iOS11 is an improved ‘natural sounding’ Siri as Apple works to improve the behaviour and response of its voice interface.
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