by Staff Writer
Now you can buy an Apple iPad and iPhone and contribute to the global Fund to Fight Aids.
Apple has unveiled a Red iPhone, which will be available to order online worldwide and in stores beginning Friday, March 24.
The smartphone maker said the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition in a vibrant red aluminum finish, are a recognition of more than 10 years of partnership between Apple and (RED).
“This gives customers an unprecedented way to contribute to the Global Fund and bring the world a step closer to an Aids-free generation,” the company said in a statement.
RED’s critical work provides access to life-saving Hiv/Aids programs in sub-Saharan Africa, which is home to more than two thirds of the world’s Hiv-positive population.
One hundred percent of all money raised by RED goes directly to Global Fund Hiv/Aids grants that provide testing, counseling, treatment and prevention programs with a specific focus on eliminating transmission of the virus from moms to their babies.
Since it was founded in 2006, RED has generated more than $465 million for the Global Fund, with more than $130 million from Apple alone.
“Since we began working with RED 10 years ago, our customers have made a significant impact in fighting the spread of Aids through the purchase of our products, from the original iPod nano (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition all the way to today’s lineup of Beats products and accessories for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.
“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.”
Apple today also updated its most popular-sized iPad, featuring a brighter 9.7-inch Retina display and best-in-class performance at its most affordable price ever, starting at $329.
Designed for unmatched portability and ease of use, along with incredible performance and all-day battery life, iPad is the world’s most popular tablet and the primary computing device for millions of customers around the world.
Through the more than 1.3 million apps designed specifically for iPad, customers can do even more, from learning to code with Swift Playgrounds and reading books on the large screen to boosting productivity through Microsoft Office and using multitasking features like Split Screen.
“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,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
“New customers and anyone looking to upgrade will love this new iPad for use at home, in school, and for work, with its gorgeous Retina display, our powerful A9 chip, and access to the more than 1.3 million apps designed specifically for it.”