You call that boring? Apple’s iPhone 7 event delivers big surprises

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Tim Cook and his crew killed it with the iPhone 7 event.
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Far from the “boring” launch predicted by haters and relentless Apple rumormongers, Wednesday’s iPhone 7 event delivered plenty of big surprises.

Along with our first legitimate looks at the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and the new Apple Watch Series 2, we got a promising peek inside Apple’s increasingly powerful and polished ecosystem. Here’s what you need to know about Apple’s iPhone 7 event.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus arrive with new colors and cameras

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Say hello to the new iPhone.
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The next generation of iPhones has finally arrived. And while they may look a bit boring on the outside, Apple has packed some game-changing features on the inside.

Apple is set to unveil the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at an event today, but scooped itself by tweeting an image of the new devices before they even hit the stage. Yes, the headphone jack is finally dead. But Apple added some insane new features like a dual-lens camera, a sleek new Touch ID button, a water-resistant shell, and a couple new things no one expected.

The biggest takeaways from Apple’s tiniest keynote in years

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A size for every hand.
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Evolution, not revolution, was the tone of today’s low-key Apple event. Smaller is better, says Apple, with two big product “reveals” that show off compact new devices with impressive internals.

While most of the announcements today have already been discussed and dissected, like the 4-inch iPhone SE, new Apple Watch bands and a smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro, there were a couple of surprises.

Here are the biggest takeaways from Apple’s oddly low-key “Let us loop you in” event.

Liveblog: Apple loops us in with the iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro

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Get ready for a new iPhone and iPad.
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The first big Apple media event of 2016 is finally here.

Months of rumors, speculation and anticipation have been leading up to Apple’s “Let us loop you in” event this morning, at which the company is expected to unveil a new 4-inch iPhone, a new iPad Pro model, and some Apple Watch hardware.

Tim Cook and the rest of the Apple crew are set to take the stage at 10 a.m. Pacific and Cult of Mac will be here to liveblog the festivities. Will there be a “one more thing” at the end to make this a truly unforgettable event? Come follow along with us below:

How to watch the Apple event on March 21

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Monday, March 21, will be a big day for Apple, with possible reveals of a budget 4-inch iPhone SE, a 9.7-inch iPad Pro and maybe even some new Apple Watch bands ahead of the second iteration of Apple’s wrist computer.

Want to watch the Apple event live? Here’s how you do it on any of your Apple devices (and even a PC).

Note: Monday’s Apple event starts at 10 a.m. Pacific. Cult of Mac’s liveblog will start serving up color commentary an hour before that, so don’t be late!