What you need to know
- Apple's March event means that some devices have had to be killed off.
- Apple has discontinued the 27-inch iMac.
- The new iPhone SE and iPad Air mean the old versions are no more.
Apple has today announced a raft of new and updated products, but that also means that some have now gone the way of the dodo — three, in fact.
While there is understandably a lot of talk about the new Studio Display and Mac Studio, there was also the refreshed iPhone SE and iPad Air, just as we had expected. But all of those new and refreshed products mean that some others had to pay a price.
The 27-inch iMac
As some had feared, the stalwart 27-inch iMac has now been removed from sale which means anyone who wants something of that size will now need to buy the Studio Display and a Mac to go with it. The current 24-inch iMac is still hanging around of course, but the 27-inch variety never got Apple silicon and while it might in the future, it definitely didn't today.
iPhone SE 2020
The new iPhone SE is here, which means the old 2020 iPhone SE is now very much dead. While the new iPhone SE comes with the same display and Touch ID, we now get something with a beefier CPU — an A15 instead of the older A13. And yes, there is now 5G connectivity which means the older model is already looking just that — old.
iPad Air 4
The new iPad Air obviously means the end of the old one, which means that the iPad Air 4 is now more. We get a new M1 chip in the updated version which makes it quite the powerhouse and means a 60% speed increase over the older model. That's a big deal, making this the best iPad for a whole ton of people. The old one is still a great tablet though — if you can find one on sale, snag it!
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.