Apple is planning to unveil the new 4-inch the iPhone 5se, the iPad Air 3, and new Apple Watch band options at an event on Tuesday, March 15th, according to sources. Since the scheduled event is still a month-and-a-half away, the date might still shift or turn into an online announcement. The media event would be Apple’s first since September, and much like the fall event, is planned to touch on three major product categories for the company.
As it was mentioned earlier, Apple is planning to reinvigorate the 4-inch iPhone screen size by replacing the iPhone 5s with an iPhone 5se that supports an A9 chip, well improved cameras, support for taking Live Photos, and Apple Pay. While the internals are revamped, the 5SE’s externals nearly matches the 5S. The 5se will be priced the same as the 5S, starting at $450 for 16GB. They will also be offering a 64 GB model.
The launch of the new iPad Air 3 will mark the first significant upgrade to Apple’s 9.7-inch tablet line since the debut of Air 2 in October 2014. The Air 3 is expected to include iPad Pro features like enhanced speakers and a Smart Connector, which could mean that a smaller Smart Keyboard is on the way. Unconfirmed drawings from case maker sources of the new iPad model also indicate the possibility of a rear-LED flash, and this addition would be a first for any iPad model.
It is being said that this spring’s Apple Watch refresh will focus on new bands and software. The new band lines will include multiple new colors for the rubberized Sport bands, new Hermès bands, a ‘space black’ version of the Milanese Loop, and an entirely new band line made of a new material. Supply chain sources indicate that Apple has been testing a series of “high-quality” NATO-style nylon bands for the Apple Watch, but we have not confirmed that this is indeed the new line launching in March. So let’s wait and watch.