Apple iPhone SE event on March 21: 5 things to expect from Infinite Loop

Apple's Infinite Loop event on March 21 will feature the new 4-inch iPhone SE, probably a new 9.7-inch iPad Pro and some more.

By: Tech Desk | Updated: March 13, 2016 8:58 am
Apple's next event iPhone event will be held at Infinite Loop on March 21 (Source: Apple) Apple’s next event iPhone event will be held at Infinite Loop on March 21. Apple is expected to launch the 4-inch screen iPhone SE. (Source: Apple)

Apple has confirmed that its next iPhone event will be held on March 21 at 1, Infinite Loop. Apple is expected to basically turn its big products into something small, and maybe there is ‘one more thing’ on the cards.

In all likelihood, there is an iPhone SE or iPhone 5Se, whatever Apple calls it. Apart from that, Apple will probably showcase a 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and may show some updated version of the Apple Watch. Apple Watch 2 is not expected at the event, but then who knows, it could be the wild-card at the event.

At the end of the day, it is an Apple event and it will never fall short of a surprise. We will know all of that and more on March 21 but for now, here is what we expect from Cupertino-based company

4-inch iPhone

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For two consecutive years, Apple defied its own proposition that large phones have no significance. Apple’s smallest smartphone comes with a 4.7-inch display now, even though the iconic consumer technology once believed 4-inch should be the maximum size for any smartphone display.

When Apple announced its iPhone 6 in 2014, there were calls for a smaller iPhone with similar specs from people who owned iPhone 5s or older version. On March 21, Apple is expected to deliver on that call.

Also read: Apple iPhone SE could come with 12 mp camera, priced at $500

According to 9to5Mac, the smartphone will be called iPhone SE, and will feature a design similar to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s series. The 4-inch iPhone is expected to feature hardware similar to iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s, and may not be so cheap.

Apple is in the cusp of deciding its market preference. It has almost topped out in China, and sees India as the next major market. Apple could, in fact price it under $400 to make it an attractive proposition for its Indian audience.

9.7-inch iPad Pro or iPad Air 3

Apple, iPhone, New 4-inch iPhone, New iPad, Silicon Valley, Cupertino, IBM, Microsoft, Apple Watch, Macbook, tech news, technology Apple might introduce 9.7-inch iPad Pro and not 9.7-inch iPad Air 3 as it was rumoured earlier (Source: Nandagopal Rajan)

Apple’s iPad Pro may well be one of the not-so-mass market Cupertino product. It tried to bring pro features to iPad but struggled to deliver any use with it.

While iPad Pro was great for designers, it felt underwhelming for general consumers. The larger part of the issue was its 12.9-inch enormously huge display. According to 9to5Mac, Apple plans to introduce newer iPad with 9.7-inch display and similar Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support.

So will it be called 9.7-inch iPad Pro or iPad Air 3. We will get to know that in 9 days time.

Apple Watch

Apple Watch could well be the most successful smartwatch ever. It has really outsold many Android Wear watches, and its software has evolved considerably since the time it was introduced.

Apple is not expected to update its smartwatch at this event, it is likely to keep that for some other time. It will actually introduce newer bands, and perhaps new additions like a FaceTime camera, if you go by the rumours.

Also read: Apple Watch OS2.2, new band options to be released in March: report

Rumours suggest Apple may introduce a new fashion partner like it did with Hermes at September event. Also there could surprise announcement of Black Milanese loop band.

OS Updates

Apple might actually use the new 4-inch iPhone to introduce iOS 9.3 Apple iOS 9.3 should improve the split-screen multitasking feature and may officially introduce Night Mode which turns the colours easier on your eyes in dark environment.

Apple may also speak about new Mac OS X updates, especially after that recent report of a first-ever Mac ransomware attack.

One more thing

While it is uncertain, there is a fair chance of Apple updating its Macbooks. In fact, all the three Macbooks – Macbook, Macbook Air and Macbook Pro – are due for an upgrade and Apple might use this opportunity to show them some love.

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