DJI's new iOS-compatible Phantom 3 drones land at Apple Store

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DJI's latest generation of "prosumer" drones, the Phantom 3 series, marks the company's debut among the handpicked lineup of iOS-connected accessories available to buy direct from Apple.

As of Wednesday both the DJI Phantom 3 Professional and DJI Phantom 3 Advanced camera drones are now available to purchase from the Apple Store for their respective retail prices of $1,259.95 and $999.95. Both are available to ship home or to an Apple retail location of the customer's choice.

Apple's stores have sold iOS-connected drones before, most notably devices made by Parrot. But Parrot's accessories tend to be targeted for more entry-level users, while DJI's drones feature high-end capabilities like GPS location lock, autopiloting, and the 4K ultra-high-definition camera on the new DJI Phantom 3 Professional.

Currently absent from Apple's store is the $799 Phantom 3 Standard, which was unveiled a month ago. Its retail availability remains limited elsewhere as well, suggesting that the entry-level Phantom 3 model may eventually make its way to Apple's own store to complete the lineup.

AppleInsider recently reviewed the Phantom 3 Professional and found it to be DJI's best Phantom yet, sporting a greatly improved controller with clamp large enough to hold an iPad Air, as well as a revamped iOS app.

With a flight time of up to 23 minutes, the Phantom 3 Professional also includes a vision sensor for safe indoor flight. Its 4K-resolution, gimbal-mounted camera captures video at 30 frames per second.

The mid-range Phantom 3 Advanced is identical in almost all ways, but its camera captures 1080p video at 60 frames per second. The $799 Phantom 3 Standard is limited to 1080p video at 30 frames per second.