AWT News Update: March 31, 2016

Our news from the world of Apple includes a bit about the new iPhone SE, how to get great inexpensive LTE coverage when traveling overseas, and early birthday greetings to our favorite fruit company.

  • The best place to buy an iPhone SE may be at your local Apple Store, not online
  • Here's a way to use your new iPad Pro overseas with a cellular data plan
  • An early happy 40th birthday to Apple (tomorrow)!

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for March 31, 2016.

The iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro are out today, and as expected, the SE is not causing block-long lines at Apple Stores and other retail outlets where the new iPhone is on sale. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster had his team do a check of 100 outlets and found 90 percent availability for the 16GB space gray model as well as similar availability for other colors. That means that if you’re interested in getting an iPhone SE right away, going to a retail store is your best bet. Online delivery times are now showing between April 6 and 8 for the US and April 11 and 14 for China. The speedy 4-inch phone is primarily expected to be a replacement for the iPhone 5s, while the next-generation iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be the flagships of the Apple smartphone fleet.

If you have one of the new 9.7-inch iPad Pros, a 12.9 inch iPad Pro, an iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 or later with an Apple SIM, you can now buy inexpensive LTE coverage for as little as an hour or for as long as a month through AlwaysOnline Wireless. The company today announced that it is offering a new 3GB / 30 day plan, and that its daily plans now offer 200MB of data while the monthly per-megabyte plans have doubled in size from 250 and 500MB to 500MB and 1GB respectively. The plans vary in price by country, and are now available in 27 different countries around the world. You can check out AlwaysOnline Wireless at, or in a pinch, just see if the carrier shows up when you turn on your iPad when you’re overseas by launching Settings, going to Cellular Data, and then tapping Set Up Cellular Data. Using LTE, it’s safer than using a wide-open Wi-Fi network in a foreign country, cheaper in most cases than buying a pre-paid carrier SIM, and you can tether other devices to your iPad to share data with friends.

Tomorrow is Apple’s 40th birthday. On April 1, 1976, the company was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. Since then, the company nearly went bankrupt, has had a number of CEOs, but has bounced back to become the world’s largest information technology company by revenue, the world’s largest technology company by total assets, and the world’s second-largest mobile phone manufacturer. It’s also the largest publicly traded corporation in the world, and at its peak stock price was the first US company with a valuation of over $700 billion. As of last month, there were over one billion actively used Apple products worldwide, and the company has over 475 retail stores in 17 countries around the globe. The company has done just fine since its start in the garage of the home of Paul and Clara Jobs on Crist Drive in Los Altos, California.

We’ll be back tomorrow with another edition of the AWT News Update.