Apple will unveil the new 4-inch iPhone 5SE, the iPad Air 3, and new Apple Watch band options at an event on March 21st, according to sources. This event would be Apple’s first since September, and much like that event, is planned to update three major product categories for the company.
Apple is planning to reinvigorate the 4-inch iPhone screen size by replacing the iPhone 5S with an iPhone 5SE that includes an A9 chip, improved camera, support for taking Live Photos, and Apple Pay. While the internals are revamped, the 5SE’s externals nearly mirror the 5S’s save for “less shiny” and possibly slightly curved edges. According to sources, iPhone 5SE will be $450 for 16GB.
New iPad Air 3 will mark the first significant upgrade to Apple’s 9.7-inch tablet line since the Air 2 debuted in 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 something new for iPad model.
Apple Watch refresh will focus on new bands and software, according to sources. 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” nylon bands for the Apple Watch, but we have not confirmed that this is indeed the new line launching in March.