Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is holding an event on Monday 21. Rumors seem to suggest that the most valuable company in the world will present a new 4-inch iPhone SE, a new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, Apple Watch bands, and software updates for iOS 9, watchOS 2, tvOS, and OS X EL Capitan.
The event will take place at the Apple campus in Cupertino, at 10 a.m. PT. Apple does not usually presents new products in March. However, the company unveiled the Apple Watch in the same month last year. An invitation sent to the media features the message “Let us loop you in”.
Apple will stream the event on Apple.com. It will only be available for Apple mobile devices with Safari, Macs with Safari, PCs with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10, and for the Apple TV. Google chrome on Android and PC will not support the video streaming.
iPhone SE: a great substitute for the iPhone 5s
Strong rumors say that Apple is about to present a new iPhone model that will replace the old but successful iPhone 5s. It will be equipped with an A9 processor, the same found in the iPhone 6s, and a 12-megapixel rear camera that supports Live Photos. Moreover, it will offer hands-off “Hey Siri” activation.
It will not offer 3D touch, which is an exclusive feature of the most expensive iPhone models. However, it will have a fingerprint sensor and an NFC chip for Apple play. The entry-level iPhone SE will probably cost between $400 and $500 for the unlocked version, and it will be available in Silver, Gold and Space Gray, according to Mac Rumors.
New smaller iPad Pro starting at $599
Apple has not updated its line of 9.7-Inch tablets since October 2014. According to 9to5Mac, the company led by Tim Cook will present a new iPad Pro with a similar shape and size as the iPad Air 2, but with a powerful interior.
It will include a four-speaker layout, distributed at strategic places for a more immersive sound, and an A9X processor. Support for the Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil may also be added. Moreover, it will include the same 12-megapixel camera that the iPhone 6s has. Prices will apparently start at $599 for the basic 32GB Wi-Fi only model.
Apple Watch bands and WatchOS update
Last March, the company unveiled the Apple Watch on a massive advertising campaign. On Monday, it will introduce new bands for the wearable device. Existing bands may be available in new colors and a new nylon band could be also presented.
On Tuesday, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said that he does not support the price strategy of the Apple Watch, because there are just two type of Watch models and the belts mark a considerable difference of price.
“It’s taken us into a jewelry market where you’re going to buy a watch between $500 or $1100 based on how important you think you are as a person. The only difference is the band in all those watches. Twenty watches from $500 to $1100.” Said Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak on Tuesday to a Reddit user.
Software updates will also take an important place in the presentation. Rumors seem to suggest that Apple will present iOS 9.3 with a new Night Shift feature and WatchOS 2.2 with updated maps and support for connecting more than one Apple Watch to a single iPhone, as reported by Mac Rumors. On the other hand, OS X and tvOS 9.2 will receive considerable updates.
Source: Mac Rumors