Apple's rumored media event in March finally has a date. According to both 9to5Mac and Buzzfeed's John Paczkowski, Apple will take a few hours on Tuesday, March 15 to take the wraps off a bunch of new and intriguing hardware.
Over the past few weeks, we've seen quite a number of rumors centering on what Apple plans to showcase for us next month. Now, with the event reportedly just about six weeks away, Apple's product plans have crystalized to a point where it seems fairly clear what will be on the agenda.
Up first, we have the iPhone 5se. An enhanced version of the iPhone 5s, the 5se will offer users some of Apple's next-gen technology in a 4-inch form factor. As it stands today, the only 4-inch iPhone available is the iPhone 5s, a device that was released all the way back in 2013.
From what we know so far, the iPhone 5se will be a compelling upgrade. In addition to a faster A8 processor and new motion coprocessor, the 5se is slated to pack an NFC chip, thus enabling Apple Pay functionality on the device. The device is slated to come in two capacities, 16GB and 64GB. Notably, it doesn't appear that Apple's new mid-tier iPhone will come with the 3D Touch feature Apple introduced on last year's iPhone 6s models.
The iPhone, though, is just one part of what Apple has in store for us. Also on the docket, according to a number of reputable sources, is the iPad Air 3. Seeing as how the iPad Air 2 was released all the way back in October of 2014, this update has been a long time coming. Some of the rumored features on Apple's next-gen tablet include a 4K display, 4GB of RAM, an enhanced sound system with 4 speakers, an LED flash for the camera, and a Smart Connector. With iPad sales still slumping, it'll be interesting to see if the iPad Air 3 can excite consumers in a way that the iPad Pro apparently failed to do in a meaningful way.
And rounding out Apple's media event will likely be some minor updates to the Apple Watch. While the Apple Watch 2 is a ways off, reports suggest that Apple will introduce a selection of new bands and perhaps even outfit the Apple Watch with a video camera at the March event.
As for the types of bands Apple has in mind, 9to5Mac notes:
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.
Either way, we likely won't see any substantive improvements to the Apple Watch until later this September.