Apple has sent invites out for the March 21 event, where we expect the iPhone SE, the iPad Air 3 and new Apple Watch bands. ‘Let us loop you in’ to the latest rumours, and everything you need to know about the iPhone SE launch event.
For those in the UK – Thats 6PM next Monday.
What to expect?
The invitation image, reproduced above, contains the cryptic phrase ‘Let us loop you in’, beneath a heavily zoomed-in view of the Apple logo picked out in what appear to be the four iPhone colours: silver, gold, Space Grey and rose gold; the jury’s out on whether this should lead us to expect new iPhones (such as the iPhone SE, most obviously), new iPads or MacBooks to become available in the iPhone colour palette, or a combination of these things. We’d be surprised if the word ‘loop’ doesn’t refer to new Apple Watch announcements, but this might just be new watch bands.
If rumours are to believed, Apple will unveil two highly anticipated new products: the iPhone 6c and iPad Air 3, along with a few new Apple Watch accessories. Here’s what we know so far.
At the end of January, rumours about a March event flooded the web after months of much quieter speculation, with the consensus suggesting that the week of 14 March was the one to mark in your diaries – more specifically, 15 March 2016. However, only weeks before the reported event was due to take place, Buzzfeed reported that the event had been pushed back by a week, and will now take place on Monday 21 March 2016.
Anonymous sources have reportedly told 9To5Mac that the iPad Air 3 is the most likely new product coming at the March event. Apple surprised us by skipping an October event this year, which traditionally sees updates to the iPad range. Instead, Apple unveiled the all-new iPad Pro and a new iPad mini 4 at its busy event in September alongside the new iPhones.
That means the iPad Air is overdue an update, so a March event to unveil the new model seems likely.
Plus, the 4in iPhone 6c, which rumours now suggest will in fact be called the iPhone SE, could make an appearance too. The fabled 4in iPhone is said to boast an iPhone 5-esque design with curved edges, and may feature Touch ID an A8 processor according to rumours.
Additionally, though, we could see the introduction of new Apple Watch bands to coincide with the original launch event, which took place in March 2015.
Apple has held other events in March over the years, including the launch of the Apple Watch and MacBook in 2015 and the launch of the iPad 3 back in 2012.
Apple will broadcast the event live on Apple.com and Apple TV.