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.