What You Need to Know About Apple’s Early 2017 Releases

On Tuesday evening, Apple’s online store went down while new products were added. The iPhone 7 is now available in Product (RED), and new Apple Watch straps, a new 9.7-inch iPad, and a bit more were also introduced. This article will cover everything you need to know!

iPhone 7 PRODUCT (RED)


The iPhone 7 PRODUCT (RED) offers a red aluminum finish with a 128GB and 256GB variant. It was released to mark more than ten years of partnership between Apple and RED. RED raises funds to fight AIDS/HIV in Africa as well as to further inform the public.

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook states, “Our customers have made a significant impact in fighting the spread of AIDS through the purchase of our products” and “the introduction of this special edition iPhone in a gorgeous red finish is our biggest (PRODUCT) RED offering to date in celebration of our partnership with (RED), and we can’t wait to get it into customers’ hands.

Sales will go live at 8:01 am PDT on March 24.

iPhone SE Updated Capacities


The iPhone SE line saw a refresh with the introduction of a 128GB model, which pushed away the 16GB model and made the base model the 32GB variant. The 32GB model will start at $399, and its 128GB counterpart will run for $499. One of Apple’s most glorified iPhone designs can now store a bit more for less.

Sales will go live at 8:01 am PDT on March 24.

The New 9.7-Inch iPad


The new iPad touts an A9 processor, a base price of $329 for the 32GB variant, a sturdy aluminum case, and an attractive display made of over 3.1 million pixels. If you prefer LTE, that model will run for $459.

Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, states, “iPad is the world’s most popular tablet. Customers love the large, 9.7-inch display for everything from watching TV and movies, to surfing the web, making FaceTime calls, and enjoying photos, and now it is even more affordable.

To provide this more affordable price point, the new iPad will not feature a laminated display – leaving laminated displays for the iPad Pro models. For most users, this should not be an issue. Even with that, the new iPad is perhaps the most powerful iPad that you can get for your dollar.

Sales will go live at 8:01 am PDT on March 24.

With this release, the iPad Mini 2 was taken from the lineup. The lineup now includes the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the new 9.7-inch iPad, and the 7.9-inch iPad Mini 4.

New Apple Watch Bands and Straps


Looking for a new look? Most new woven nylon strap designs are in stock and ready to ship at the time of writing, as well as new Hermes colors and styles. Furthermore, the popular Nike+ sport bands are available for purchase separately from Apple Watch Nike+.

New fourth-generation classic buckles have been released, which makes for a classy look for a night out. These fourth-generation straps include a spring-loaded square buckle for quicker fastening.

The selection of modern buckles has been reduced to midnight blue and black. The grey leather loop is now advertised as “smoke grey.”

New colors and styles introduced are as follows.

Sport Bands

  • Camellia
  • Pebble
  • Azure

Woven Nylon

  • Orange
  • Berry
  • Red
  • Pollen
  • Tahoe Blue
  • Midnight Blue


  • Saddle Brown
  • Berry
  • Taupe
  • Sapphire
  • Red
  • Midnight Blue
  • Black

Nike+ Sport Bands

  • Black/Volt
  • Anthracite/Black
  • Pure Platinum/White


  • Fauve Barenia Leather Double Tour
  • Bleu Zephyr Epsom Leather Double Tour
  • Lime Epsom Leather Single Tour
  • Colvert Swift Leather Single Tour
  • Fauve Barenia Leather Single Tour
  • Fauve Barenia Leather Double Buckle Cuff

Clips App


Clips is a new Apple-designed app for producing short video clips with emojis, filters, and live titles that will animate as you shoot. Clips is labeled as “coming soon” and has no official release date. When it is released, it will be on the Apple App Store for iOS devices.

Swift Playgrounds


Apple’s popular app for learning the Swift programming language now holds support for Simplified Chinese, Japanese, French, German, and Latin American Spanish.

Swift Playgrounds follows the character Byte as he must follow user-executed code to navigate his world. Playgrounds teaches core concepts to aspiring programmers.


What are your thoughts of this early 2017 release and what are you hoping for from Apple in the future? Let us know in a comment.

Image Credit: Apple Newsroom

Corbin Telligman
Corbin Telligman

I'm a junior at UT Dallas, a tech enthusiast, an adreneline junkie, and a coffee fanatic.

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