Friday 23 February 2018

Here's what you can expect from Apple's March 21st event


Mark O'Beirne

Apple will host an event on March 21st; here's what you can expect to hear about, and the attached rumours, on the day.

Apple is hosting an event on March 21st where it will make a series of new product announcements. You can catch the full event on Apple TV via the Events tab; by clicking on this link on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch; on Mac and MacBook by clicking this link; or on Windows 10 via the Edge web browser by clicking this link.

Here are all the rumours surrounding what it will announce on the day.

iPhone 5SE

Rumours indicate that Apple is about to shrink the size of the iPhone once again. The iPhone 5SE is tipped to feature a 4-inch display, which sounds miniscule compared to the size of handsets that we've become used to, and comparable specs to Apple's recent iPhones.

The handset will feature the same A9 processor that's found in the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, the same 12MP camera sensor as the iPhone 6, and will be available with either 16GB or 64GB of internal storage.

In terms of its appearance, leaked cases indicate that it will look similar to the iPhone 5s, but its display will feature curved edges like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S. It looks like the power button will still be on the top with the mute switch and volume knobs located on the side. The iPhone 5SE is expected to be available in gold, silver, space gray, and rose gold.

iPad Pro

Apple's new iPad is expected to bear the Pro moniker, rather than being called the iPad Air 3. It's a 9.7-inch device that will look quite similar to the 12.9-inch model released last year.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro will reportedly have an incredible display. Leaks indicate that the iPad Pro's display could bump pixel density to 401 pixels per inch, will be brighter than the iPad Air 2, and will have a higher refresh rate than previous tablets so that it can support the Apple Pencil.

Internally, the iPad Pro is expected to feature an A9X chip and may pack more RAM than the iPad Air 2. It will feature a 12MP camera, capable of recording 4K video, and may even boast an LED flash according to some rumours, though these aren't typically featured on iPads.

This new iPad is expected to come in 32GB and 64GB variants.

Apple Watch

No, Apple isn't expected to announce a new Apple Watch, but is likely to announce new bands. Apple is teaming up with luxury brands to offer fashion-focused bands and may have more announcements to make on that front, and may also have a few of its own to unveil.

iOS 9.3

iOS 9.3 has been in beta testing for a while and looks set to be released to the public next week. The update will include new features like Night Shift, as well as tweaks to the Notes, News, and Health apps. We previously covered the features of iOS 9.3 in more detail.

Apple may have other surprises in store on the day, but it seems like it'll be a packed enough event as is. One thing that everyone will be looking out for is if Apple addresses its ongoing battle with the FBI and Department of Justice. Apple faces its first court hearing on March 22nd, which is also why this event is taking place on a Monday rather than a Tuesday as per normal.

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