What to expect from Apple’s iPhone event on March 21
Apple is widely expected to unveil a smaller iPhone with a four-inch display Monday, during its first big press event of 2016.
If the rumours hold true, this will be the first time Apple has introduced a new iPhone model this early in the year. Usually, the smartphone maker unveils its latest generation smartphones in September.
The event, which will kick off Monday at 1 p.m. ET, is also expected to provide a first look at a new iPad model and new band options for the Apple Watch. Here is what you can expect from the event:
A four-inch iPhone
Back in 2014, Apple introduced the “phablet” sized iPhone 6S in order to compete with Android makers who made the oversized smartphones popular. And although the company has put a lot of focus on these big screen devices, it appears there is still demand for the old four-inch smartphone screen.
Many expect Apple to unveil what is being called the “iPhone SE” – a smaller smartphone with a lower price point that would be marketed to customers who don’t want to spend the big bucks on Apple’s oversized iPhone 6S or 6S Plus.
According to the rumour mill, the phone will likely feature Apple’s latest iPhone technology, including the A8 chip, 8-megapixel camera and Touch ID fingerprint scanning technology.
An updated iPad Air
Apple’s March press events are usually reserved for updates to the company’s iPad lineup – and this year will be no different.
While updates to the iPad will likely take a back seat to the expected iPhone announcement, many expect Apple to show off an updated iPad Air model – however, there isn’t much speculation about what those upgrades might be.
According to CNET, Apple might make the iPad Air compatible with its Smart Connector technology that would allow the tablet to connect to an Apple-designed keyboard cover and the Apple Pencil stylus – both announced alongside the iPad Pro last year.
New Apple Watch Bands
As Apple continues to showcase its first piece of wearable tech, we will likely see the tech giant unveil new Apple Watch bands and maybe even a new designer collaboration.
Comments on security
The event also happens to fall just one day before representatives for the company are set to appear in a district court in California to oppose the FBI’s order to force it to hack an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters.
Apple has filed an official order asking a federal magistrate to reverse the ruling, accusing the federal government of seeking “dangerous power” through the courts and of trampling on its constitutional rights.
This could set the stage for some interesting remarks on the case from Apple CEO Tim Cook.
How to watch the event live
As usual, the event will take place in Apple’s hometown of San Francisco – but you will be able to live stream the keynote online starting at 1 p.m. ET on Apple’s website.
To live stream the event you will need to have access to an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 7.0 or later, a Mac with Safari running OS X 10.8.5 or later or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. You can also watch the event on Apple TV.
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