The upcoming Apple event is confirmed to take place on 21st March 2016. Apple has already sent the media invites to everyone to attend the event at Apple’s Cupertino Campus.
It is going to touch upon three major Apple products – the new iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch accessories. In the first Keynote event since Sep’15 when Apple announced the iPhones 6s & 6s Plus, iPad Pro & Apple Watch, all three categories would receive new products or updates. Also, there is news that we may see an improved version of iTunes.
New Updates (March 19)
The iPhone 5SE is going to have 16 GB of storage as the base variant and is likely to come with 64 GB version too. The smartphone design is expected to be similar to the iPhone 5s while hardware is going to be similar to iPhone 6s. It is also reported that the iPhone 5SE will be able to record 4K videos.
The persisting popularity of the iPhone 5s and reluctance of a section of iPhone users to switch to the larger iPhone has helped the 4-inch screen size iPhone stay relevant in the era of larger screen sizes iPhone. Rather than killing off the 4 inch iPhone, Apple is going to refresh the line with a new 4 inch iPhone which is most likely to be called the iPhone 5se (and not iPhone 6c as earlier rumored).
As per the latest update, the smartphone can be priced between 400$ to 450$ (25K to 30K) which will be great for Apple as well as many fans who wish to own an Apple device.
The iPhone will most probably sport the current A9/M9 processors found on the latest iPhone. This is to ensure when iPhone 7 & 7 Plus launch in Sep’16 with the latest A10 chip, the processor in iPhone 5se wouldn’t be more than a generation old.
The design of the iPhone 5se will deviate from the older design of the iPhone 5s to the newer design of the iPhone 6/6s, resulting in replacement of shiny metallic edges with curved glass.
The cameras for 5se will be the same as those on iPhone 6, 8 MP rear & 1.2 MP front snapper.
To make the iPhone 5se compatible with the features found on iPhones launched after iPhone 5s, additions such as barometer for calculating changes in elevation (used to count steps on stairs by Health App) and NFC for Apple Pay will be done.
Live Photos launched with iPhone 6s will also be made available on the iPhone 5se. The iPhone 6s makes use of its Force Touch to enhance its Live Photo experience, however, the display on iPhone 5se will be same as that of iPhone 5s hence Force Touch won’t be supported on the iPhone 5se.
All the connectivity and communication bands on iPhone 5se will be upgraded to the latest by use of current chips found on the iPhone 6s.
iPad Pro 9.7 inch
The iPad Air2 which was launched in Oct’14 did not get any refresh during the Apple event in held in Sep’15. Instead of a new bigger iPad Pro was introduced along with an upgrade to the iPad mini.
Apple is expected to bring a smaller version of the Apple iPad Pro which measures 12.9 inches. The upcoming iPad Pro is expected to be 9.7 inches in size.
The latest 9.7 inch iPad Pro is going to borrow some of the latest features of the larger 12.9 inch iPad Pro. The new iPad Pro is going to have an enhanced sound system thanks to 4 speakers.
The iPad Pro will also sport a Smart Connector, and correspondingly a smaller Smart Keyboard is also likely to be released. Another first time feature for an iPad might include a rear-facing led flash to help take better photos.
The new iPad Pro 9.7 along with the latest iOS 9.3 are key to turn around the flagging iPad sales. The enhanced education features of iOS 9.3 covered in my previous article along with the new iPad Pro 9.7 will help Apple increase revenue from iPad segment.
Apple Watch Bands
The recently launched Apple Watch is not going to get any hardware upgrades, but there is a lot of refreshing updates to enhance the existing product.
The Apple Watch is going to get a new version of the software called the Watch OS 2.2 which is already in beta stage. The new OS would allow multiple Apple Watches to pair with a single iPhone running iOS 9.3 or later. The updated Maps app will add the Nearby feature and new display on startup.
On the looks side, the watch is likely to get a host of new band options in multiple colors and materials. The new bands will include bands made in collaboration with Hermes and Milanese loop & sporty rubber bands.
Besides these major product announcements, Apple may announce other exciting news.
In a related occurrence Apple has dropped the prices for the iPhone models in India You can buy an iPhone 5s below Rs. 20,000, while iPhone 6 is down to 33K and iPhone 6s is close to 41.5K. If you are an apple fan, it is an excellent time to get an iPhone.
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