Back in November of last year, Ming-Chi Kuo, a noted Apple analyst from KGI Securities, had predicted that Apple is planning to release a 4 inch iPhone in 2016. By January early this year, rumors continue to swirl that a smaller and less expensive new iPhone device was indeed in the works, with 9to5Mac reporting that the 4 inch iPhone could be unveiled within the month of March this year. In the weeks since, industry watchers had more or less fully expected that the brand new iPhone (nicknamed iPhone 5se, and reportedly featuring the ultra fast A9 chip) was scheduled to be announced in March, but nobody knew yet of the exact date for the unveiling.
Well, until recently. According to Re/code and Buzzfeed, Apple will be holding an event on or shortly after March 21st of this year. Sources for both blogs have offered the new date after it was initially reported earlier that the new iPhone was to be introduced on March 15th. Although diehard iOS fans may be bummed to have to wait for a week to see the new device (likely to be called the iPhone SE), the timing should still be perfect in kicking off this year’s spring season.
What makes things infinitely more interesting is the news that apart from the 4 inch iPhone SE, Apple may also officially introduce new iPad models. Back in January early this year, 9to5Mac had hinted that the iPhone maker was also planning to unveil its new iPad Air tablet device in March of this year. Although the latest rumors seem to indicate that the tablet that will be unveiled is a 9.7 inch iPad Pro and not an iPad Air 3, this should still be welcome news to Apple’s fans, especially those who have a thing for iPad devices. The upcoming 9.7 inch iPad Pro is said to include support for the Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil.
Lastly, there is a strong possibility that the iPhone maker will also debut a number of new Apple Watch band options, which may include a new lineup of top quality nylon straps. These improvements to the Apple Watch should at least keep fans of Apple’s one and only wearable device so far -- well at least until Apple launches the redesigned version of its smartwatch device, which could happen as early as September later this year.
Of course, everything is basically just rumors for now, and because Apple is famously known for its secrecy, there might be some surprises awaiting all its fans this coming March 21st.
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