Apple’s next big event is tomorrow March 21 at 10.30 pm IST time, where the company is expected to launch its new 4-inch iPhone 5SE or iPhone SE, the new iPad Air, an update to the Apple Watch, iOS 9.3 and perhaps more.
Apple’s iPhone event starts at 10.30 pm, and in order to watch the livestream you need an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later, a Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later. Windows 10 users will need to watch it on Microsoft Edge. Streaming via Apple TV requires an Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) with software 6.2 or later or an Apple TV (4th generation).
Here’s a quick recap of everything that we expect from the Apple Loop event tomorrow.
The return of the 4-inch screen iPhone is expected at the event. Now Apple jumped to the big screen wagon with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus introducing a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen size, but the iPhone SE, it is going back. It also means the iPhone portfolio is expanding.
Initially rumours had claimed this would be called the iPhone 6C (reminder of the iPhone 5C which was the plastic, slightly cheaper version of the iPhone 5), but then it was reported that the name would iPhone SE or iPhone 5SE.
9to5Mac reported that the iPhone SE will feature a design similar to iPhone 6, iPhone 6s series and will come with an A9 chip (not the A8 as was being reported). It will support Apple Pay as well as Live Photos, say reports. It’s not clear if the 3D Touch feature will also be there.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had shared a note, reported by MacRumors which said that the 4-inch iPhone will have a 12 megapixel camera, and that it will be priced between $400-$500 to push sales in China and India.
There’s also a good chance that the iPhone SE will be priced more reasonably, and will launch in India quickly. We’ve seen that Apple is taking India as a market quite seriously and it has seen sales grow in the country.
9.7-inch iPad Pro or iPad Air 3
Apple’s iPad Pro, the big 12.9-inch iPad was aimed squarely at designers and professionals, who would need such a large screen for their work. But we know that iPad sales have been falling as the tablet market shrinks and it will be interesting to see what Apple launches in the tablet side.
Apple is expected to introduce a new 9.7-inch iPad Air 3, with features of the iPad Pro. According to 9to5Mac, the iPad with 9.7-inch display will have support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard like the iPad Pro.
Additionally 9to5Mac says that Apple will remove the ‘Air’ title in the iPad lineups, and the iPad Air 1 will be discontinued. Plus the report says, that the new iPad will start at $599 price tag for 32GB storage, going up all the way to 128GB. Apple is ending the 16GB version, and the basic model will only support WiFi. Whether the new iPad is called iPad Air 3 or something else, we’ll have to wait and see.
An Apple Watch 2 is not expected at this event, but the Cupertino-tech giant could introduce newer bands, and perhaps new additions like a FaceTime camera, based on the rumours.
Rumours suggest Apple may introduce a new fashion partner like it did with Hermes at September iPhone 6s launch. Also the Black Milanese loop band, which was spotted on Apple’s Czech website and then taken down, might just make an appearance at the event.
Apple iOS 9.3 for iPhone, iPad and its features are listed on the Apple website. The beta version of iOS 9.3 was rolled out for public testers in January 2016, so it is expected that Apple will launch this at the event.
Based on Apple’s preview post, iOS 9.3 comes with a new Night Shift mode, better privacy for Note apps, improvements to News, HealthKit among the highlights. Apple iOS 9.3 should also improve the split-screen multitasking feature.
The biggest change expected with iOS 9.3 is the Night Shit mode, where the screen on your iOS device will reduce the settings to more warmer tones, to help users sleep better. Exposure to bright blue light as we stay glued to our phones all day and night could harm sleep cycles, and instead warmer tones will help reduce this.
The clock and geolocation will determine when its sunset in your place, and based on this, the iOS device will switch the colours in the display to more warmer tones. In the morning, the settings will return to the normal.
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. However for now it looks unlikely that new MacBooks will not be showcased at the event.
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