iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 will go on sale on March 18

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It's starting to look like Apple is going to have an unusually busy March this year. According to a fresh report from 9to5Mac, Apple's rumored 4-inch iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 will be unveiled on March 15 and will be available in stores just a few days later, on Friday, March 18 to be exact.

While rumors of Apple holding a special media event in mid-March were already well known, this is the first time we've seen information regarding an alleged release date for Apple's new iPhone and iPad Air. Interestingly, the report adds that Apple won't offer a pre-order option for the new devices, a strategy which would be somewhat new for the company. 

As for what both products will bring to the table, the rumor mill hasn't left much to the imagination. With respect to the iPhone 5se, it will come in a 4-inch form factor and will pack an A9 processor and M9 motion coprocessor underneath the hood. The device will also come equipped with an NFC chip for Apple Pay support. On the software side, Live Photos (originally introduced on the iPhone 6s) and always-on Siri functionality will likely be included, while 3D Touch will remain exclusive to the flagship iPhone 6s.

As for the iPad Air 3, there have been rumors that the device will see a revamped speaker system, a 4K display, support for the Apple Pencil, and 4GB of RAM.

All this being said, it stands to reason that even more information about Apple's upcoming media event will trickle out in the weeks ahead. Indeed, there are also reports that Apple will introduce some minor Apple Watch improvements next month as well, perhaps with the roll out of new Apple Watch bands, such as new "Sport Band colors, a Space Black Milanese Loop, and NATO-style nylon bands."

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