Apple’s next media event is all set to happen on Monday March 21, where the company is expected to announce a new 4-inch iPhone along with a 9.7-inch version of the iPad Pro.
Apple will be live streaming the event on its official website which kicks-off 5 pm GMT (10:30 pm IST). Users will able to watch the keynote which can be viewed on the following devices:
•Macs running Safari 6.0.5 or later and OS X 10.8.5 or later
•iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch can stream via the Safari browser on iOS 7 or later.
•Windows 10 PCs with the new Microsoft Edge browser
•While Apple TV owners can download the ‘Apple Events’ application available on the App store.
•You can also follow our website where we’ll keep bringing you all updates and main highlights of the event.
Here’s a low down on what we can expect:
Rumours of a compact 4-inch iPhone have been pouring in since quite a while now. According to multiple reports, the device will be called the iPhone SE which is expected to get a base storage starting at 16GB. Based on leaked design renders, the phone will look like the iPhone 5s though with slightly rounded edges, similar to the iPhone 6s and is said to get a power/stanby button on the side.
In terms of specifications, the iPhone 5se is expected to get a 4-inch display and will be powered by the latest A9 and M9 chipsets. It is also expected to get support for Live Photos and Apple Pay, a feature that was introduced with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. However, reports suggest it will ot get the 3D Touch display technology, one of the more innovative features found on the latest iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. It will come in Gold, Silver, and Space Grey colour variants along with 16GB and 64GB inbuilt storage options. An earlier report also added that Apple may offer a Rose Gold option for the 4-inch iPhone 5se.
9.7-inch iPad Pro
The iPad Pro will be Apple’s first tablet featuring a 9.7-inch display which will reportedly get a starting price tag of more than $499 (Rs 33,000 approx). The report adds that the Wi-Fi only model of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro will carry a price tag of $599 (Rs 40,000 approx) and gets 32GB of built-in storage. In addition, there will also be a 128 GB model with LTE connectivity which is expected to get a higher price tag. The launch of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro will not replace the iPad Air lineup, further adds the report.
Based on rumors and early leaks, the iPad Pro is expected to feature an A9X processor with 4GB of RAM, a magnetic smart connector on the side of the tablet along with support for Apple Pencil.
Besides, Apple is also expected to flaunt new band colours and combinations for the Apple Watch, though full hardware refresh is not expected yet. We’ll probably also hear about a slew of minor software updates which include iOS 9.3, OS X, tvOS9.2 and WatchOS 2.2.