Apple Announces Event for March 21, Revised 4″ iPhone and iPad Expected
Apple is holding an event on Monday, March 21, at their Cupertino campus location, according to invites sent to selected media members (us not included). The invitation email reads “Let us loop you in” and features the top of an Apple logo with space grey, silver, gold, and rose gold pastel shapes.
Several new products are expected to debut at the Apple event, including a revised 4″ iPhone, a revised iPad 9.7″, and a variety of new Apple Watch bands. System software updates are also presumed to arrive as well.
The revised 4″ iPhone is colloquially referred to as the “iPhone SE” and is said to be similar to the iPhone 5s in size and appearance, except it will be faster and have internal component improvements. Additionally, the device will have Apple Pay support, according to Buzzfeed, which is also where the above invite picture came from.
The revised 9.7″ iPad is supposedly going to adopt the “iPad Pro” moniker and feature notable hardware specification improvements, similar to the larger 12″ iPad Pro already on the market.
New Apple Watch bands are likely to come in a variety of new colors and materials, but the Apple Watch itself seems likely to remain unchanged.
Multiple updates to system software are also expected to debut on the same day, with the final versions of iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4, WatchOS 2.2, and tvOS 9.2 expected to be released as well, after having been in beta testing for several months.
Some wildcard rumored products that are less likely to be unveiled but remain vaguely possible include updated Mac hardware, and the long rumored Retina version of the Apple Thunderbolt 27″ display.
The March 21 event will be livestreamed on Apple.com here for users visiting with the Safari web browser. The keynote speech begins at 10 AM PST.