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Apple: iPhone SE, iPad Pro 9.7 and health tools arrive

Apple CareKit

Apple has announced two new products: the long-awaited new 4-inch iPhone called iPhone SE and the smaller version of the iPad Pro: the iPad Pro with a 9.7-inch screen. The other new features are the Apple TV software update and the new Apple Watch straps. A third of the event for (…)

Apple has announced two new products: the long-awaited new 4-inch iPhone called iPhone SE and the smaller version of the iPad Pro: the iPad Pro with a 9.7-inch screen. The other innovations are the software update for the Apple TV and the new Apple Watch straps. One third of the event for not being dedicated to products, but to commitment: the commitment in recycling for example. Apple has surprised everyone with Liam, the robot that disassembles and recycles used iPhones.

Then there is the commitment to health with Resaerch Kit and the new CareKit, an environment that allows the development of medical apps, taking advantage of the Apple Watch and iPhone sensors. Finally, Tim Cook wanted to start his speech talking about the commitment to protect privacy. We must decide how much power the government must have on our data and our privacy, "said Cook. "We owe it to our customers and we owe it to our country. This is a problem that affects us all, and we will not escape this responsibility. "

iPhone SE

It was the most awaited novelty: the new small iPhone with 4-inch screen arrived and is called iPhone SE. the model for those who want to have an iPhone that is comfortable to maneuver, but also cheaper (starts at 509 euros). From the aesthetic point of view, very similar to the iPhone 5, it is distinguished by some details, such as satin-finished corners. In fact it contains, in a reduced size and cost, the main iPhone 6 technologies starting from the 64-bit A9 processor (the same as the iPhone 6s). The iPhone SE has 12 megapixel iSight cameras and then records video at 4K and slo-motion at 240 frames per second, can take animated Live Photos and also includes LTE connection. iPhone SE an extraordinary new idea: we started with our iconic design and reinvented it in every respect. The result is the most beautiful and powerful phone with 4-inch display in the world – said Philip Schiller, Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing – iPhone SE has a wonderful 4-inch Retina display, an advanced A9 64-bit chip with a coprocessor of M9 movement, superior battery life, 12 megapixel iSight camera with True Tone flash, Live Photos and 4K video, faster LTE and Wi-Fi and Touch ID with Apple Pay. Anyone who wants a smaller phone will love iPhone SE.Prices and availability iPhone SE iPhone SE will be available with a sidereal gray metallic finish, silver, gold and rose gold in the 16GB and 64GB models starting from 509 (incl. VAT). iPhone SE can be pre-ordered from March 24th and will be available from March 31st, but not in Italy. In our country it will arrive in April.

iPad pro 9.7

The most professional version of the iPad has a new 9.7-inch form factor. With the new iPad Pro 9.7 Apple introduces the novelties of the great iPad Pro (well 12.9 inches) in smaller format, very similar to that of the traditional iPad Air 2. The new iPad Pro 9.7 has the same design as the Bigger brother with smart connectors that allow you to connect a real keyboard and support for Apple Pencil, which really makes the difference between the Pro version and the other iPads. The other big difference compared to the iPad Air 2 is that the screen is 25% brighter, but it also reflects 40% less, giving images and videos a better rendering. Vision that improved by the 4 environmental sensors with which it is equipped and which constantly monitor the lighting conditions of the surrounding environment and adapt the brightness of the screen, to always provide the best color rendering. The heart of the iPad Pro 9.7 is the 64-bit A9X processor that boasts desktop computer performance. The weight of just under 500 grams and the thickness of 6.1 mm that makes the pro technology ultra-protective.

9.7 "iPad Pro has a new Retina display with True Tone technology, a four-speaker audio system, the ultra-fast A9X chip, a 12-megapixel iSight camera, a 5-megapixel FaceTime HD video camera, faster wireless and support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. The perfect update for current iPad users and the new ideal device for PC users. This was expressed to Philip Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing for Apple.

Prices and availability iPad Pro 9.79.7 "iPad Pro available in silver, sidereal gray, gold and in the new metallic pink gold finish, starting from 689 (incl. VAT) for the 32GB Wi-Fi model and 839 (incl. VAT) for the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. Both iPad Pro formats are available in capacities of 32GB, 128GB and the new 256GB capacity, the largest ever introduced on an iOS device. 9.7 "Pro iPad will be available from early April in Italy. Apple Pencil instead available to 109 (incl. VAT); Smart Keyboard available in anthracite 169 (incl. VAT).

CareKit, the opensource framework for developing health apps

Apple CareKitApple also introduced CareKit, a new software framework designed to help health app developers for example by monitoring symptoms and treatments, providing a more complete picture of health conditions.

"We are thrilled with the profound impact that ResearchKit has already had on the pace and scope of medical research, and we realized that many of those same principles could be applied to individual care," said Jeff Williams, Apple's Chief Operating Officer. We believe that providing people with the tools to understand what is happening with their health is incredibly important, and the apps designed with CareKit make it possible, giving users the opportunity to play a more active role in managing their care.

CareKit will be available as an open source framework next month and will allow the developer community to continue to design on the first four Apple-designed modules that include: Care Card, which helps people keep track of their support plans and required actions, for example taking a drug or completing specific exercises; the activities can be monitored and recorded automatically thanks to the Apple Watch or iPhone, Symptom and Measurement Tracker, which allows users to easily record their symptoms and indicate how they feel, for example by monitoring the body temperature to check for any symptoms infections or by measuring levels of pain or exhaustion. Updates can include simple surveys, photos showing progress of an injury or activities calculated using the accelerometer and the gyroscope of the iPhone, such as quantifying the range of movement, Insight Dashboard, which maps the symptoms to the actions required in the Care Card, to show clearly the effectiveness of the therapies; Connect, which allows users to easily share information and communicate to doctors, care teams or family information about their health and changes in their condition.