A new iPad Air has also been unveiled, as well as a Mac Mini and a monitor for professional use
As rumored, Apple took advantage of its latest event (‘Peek performance’) on Tuesday to present the new version of its cheapest smartphone. The 2022 iPhone SE has as its main novelty its connection to 5G mobile networks, becoming a completely competitive option compared to mid-range Android terminals.
Also as planned, the phone takes advantage of the case of the late iPhone 8, which leaves us with an aluminum chassis and an extremely resistant glass back. Of course, here the shades to choose from are limited to three: white, black and the traditional Product RED. All this with a weight of 148 grams and dimensions of 138.4 x 37.3 x 7.3 millimeters.
Rumors about a recycled iPhone XR were left in the lurch, with which the SE family would say goodbye to Touch ID fingerprint recognition technology (still inherent in a Home button that refuses to disappear). We will have to wait for future models of the ‘cheap’ iPhone to confirm the inevitable transition in terms of design.
It also repeats a 4.7-inch LCD panel (1,334 x 750 megapixels), protected with much more resistant ‘Ceramic Shield’ technology, which will delight those who prefer to use the phone with one hand. Especially after the rumors that the iPhone mini will not have a place in the batch of new models that will arrive next September.
Where do the great novelties of the third generation iPhone SE reside then? In your interiors. To the aforementioned compatibility with 5G networks (mmW and Sub-6 GHz) and Wifi6, we add the commitment to an A15 Bionic chip, Apple’s most advanced in mobile devices. This yields unprecedented processing capacity for this screen diagonal thanks to its 6-core CPU, which will be noticeable in the execution and loading time of the most cutting-edge games on the App Store.
Those from Cupertino also promise that the efficiency of the processor has improved compared to what was seen in the iPhone 13 and the sixth-generation iPad mini. All in pursuit of superior autonomy that supports fast charging, although not wireless with Magsafe technology.
Regarding the camera optics, Apple implements a single 12-megapixel rear sensor, with a focal aperture of 1.8, similar to what we saw in the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR. We are talking about a commendable photographic quality with the possibility of recording videos in 4K at 60 frames per second, even though the front 7 Mpx and f / 2.2 has been somewhat neglected compared to other competing mobiles. At the very least, we now have both night mode and the computational photographic styles of its bigger brothers, in addition to Smart HDR 4 and Deep Fusion.
The iPhone SE 2022 can be reserved starting this Friday and will go on sale a week later, on March 18. Its launch price will be the same as that of its predecessor: 529 euros for the version with 64 GB of storage, although models with 128 GB will also be available, for 579 euros, and 256 GB, for 699 euros. Also, there will be new colors for his older brothers. Green will come to the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13.
New iPad Air
The new version of this Apple tablet, halfway between the basic model and the ‘pro’, will also have inside it the 16-core M1 chip, already present in the Pro model and in the laptops and desktops of the mark of the bitten apple. The advanced processor, with its 8-core CPU, will increase the power of the device by 60%. In addition to increasing the life of your battery and doubling the speed of your USB-C port.
For the rest, it is the same design as the previous generation, which is not bad if we take into account the frame content of its screen. Its 12 Mpx front camera has also been improved, incorporating Central Stage technology that follows the user when they are in a videoconference, even if they move. Speaking of communications, there will also be a model with 5G and support for the second generation Apple Pencil, much more precise than the previous one.
The 2022 iPad Air comes in black, silver, gold, purple, and blue. Colors for all tastes from 679 euros. Of course, the base model is 64 GB, something fair in the case of a high-end iPad, so many users will decide to opt for the superior 256 GB, for 849 euros. As in the case of the iPhone SE, reservations open this Friday and its official launch will be on March 18.
New M1 Ultra processor
Apple has taken advantage of the event to also present its new M1 Ultra processor, even more powerful than previous generations, by joining two M1 Max in a process called UltraFusion. The fusion of both chips with 20 CPU cores and 114,000 million transistors, in addition to being able to have 128 GB of RAM, causes the Ultra to leave the graphics. Without a doubt, it will be the engine of future Apple professional computers.
Mac Studio and Studio Display
It is the new Apple computer, with a design reminiscent of the Mac Mini but totally oriented towards multimedia professionals. One version will come with the newly introduced M1 Ultra for $3,999, and another with the M1 Max for $1,999. Despite its small size, it promises to be more powerful than the Mac Pro. It will also have four Thunderbolt 4 (which will allow you to connect four screens at the same time), network connection, HDMI and two USB-A.
Likewise, this new computer may be accompanied by a new 27-inch monitor, 5K resolution and 14.7 million pixels: the Apple Studio Display, which will be of great help for people who work with video or image editing thanks to its 600 lighting nits. It also has three microphones, six spatial audio speakers and a 12 mpx ultra-wide camera with Center Stage technology. It will be sold separately at a price of 1,779 euros and can be reserved from today.