Last week, Apple added two new names to its family of iOS devices, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and iPhone SE. While neither device introduces groundbreaking new features, they make for worthy additions to the company’s portfolio because they’re more wallet-friendly. So what’s the catch? Apple’s executives sure made it sound like its new products have nothing to hide, but it turns out they carry some important secrets.
Granted, these aren’t deal breakers, but it’s still important you know exactly what you’re getting into. For example, the iPhone SE might have more in common with the iPhone 5s than Apple initially led you to believe. In addition to the design, the iPhone SE also sports the first generation Touch ID, not the faster sensor introduced with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
Not the worst thing in the world, as the sensor is still plenty fast and accurate, but don’t expect Apple to go out of its way to tell you. (To be fair, it is listed the Cupertino company’s site.) Meanwhile, the front-facing camera in the iPhone SE is pretty much a potato; it’s a paltry 1.2-megapixel sensor with f/2.4 aperture, which is a step down from the iPhone 5s.
As for the 9.7 iPad Pro, there’s no doubting it’s a powerful and very capable device. However, it’s not quite as fast as the larger 12.9-inch model, which Apple introduced last year. Guess Apple has to incentivize people to go for the more expensive model somehow.
For one, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro only sports 2GB of RAM as opposed to the larger model’s 4GB of RAM. Graphics and processor speeds are also underclocked though that might have more to do with heat dispersion more than anything else. We’re giving Apple the benefit of the doubt here but just be aware that if you do decide to purchase the more affordable 9.7-inch model, it won’t be quite as fast as the 12.9-inch version.
There are some other differences between the two devices, and not all of them are bad. The 9.7-inch model comes with a True Tone display, something the 12.9-inch iPad Pro doesn’t offer. The feature dynamically adjusts the screen to the color of ambient light around you. According to Apple, it makes for a more pleasant experience. You can bet we’ll put those claims to the test during our review.
Check out the video above to see what else Apple didn’t tell you about the iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Again, none of these things are deal breakers, especially considering Apple’s new devices are more affordable than the devices they take inspiration from. But it’s information you should still be aware of.