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March Event Could See Launch of iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3 and New Apple Watch Bands

Apple is rumored to be planning to host a March event to unveil new products, but exact details on what will be shown off at the event have been in flux. An early December rumor from 9to5Mac suggested Apple would use the event to unveil a second-generation Apple Watch, but a report from TechCrunch indicated that rumor was false - no Apple Watch 2 is in the works for an early 2016 launch.

Instead, TechCrunch shared information indicating something smaller but still watch-related could be introduced in March, perhaps a minor update to add a FaceTime camera or new bands and partnerships similar to Apple's collaboration with Hermès. In a new report on what may come out at the March event, 9to5Mac backtracks on earlier claims of an Apple Watch 2 and instead agrees with TechCrunch, pointing towards a new Apple Watch lineup with new bands but no hardware changes.

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At its September 2015 event, Apple introduced its Hermès partnership and debuted new colors for several Apple Watch bands, and we may see the same kind of update at the March event. New colors for existing bands and bands in new materials may be in the works. Apple is also planning to release watchOS 2.2 at or shortly after the event.

Apple's March event may also see the debut of the rumored 4-inch iPhone, now thought to be called the "iPhone 5se" to reflect its position as a successor to the iPhone 5s. The device is said to have an iPhone 5s-style exterior with iPhone 6-style curved cover. Internally, it will feature an A8 or A9 processor, NFC support for Apple Pay, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and while it won't have 3D Touch, it will be capable of taking Live Photos.

Previous rumors have suggested we could also see the next-generation iPad Air at the March event, as it is said to be debuting in the spring of 2016.

Though no Apple Watch 2 update is planned for early 2016, a second-generation update is undoubtedly in the works. It's possible Apple could be planning to release a new Apple Watch in the fall months alongside the iPhone 7.

Apple's plans for a March event remain tentative, and should products not be ready for release, there's a possibility that it could be canceled in favor of an online-only unveiling and announcement for the 4-inch iPhone and new Apple Watch bands.



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8 months ago
I am most excited about the new Apple Watch bands. This is the pinnacle of Apple hardware development. Screw the the computers... Bring on the watch bands!!!!!!!
Rating: 43 Votes
8 months ago
Why even bother. The only thing of some merit would be the iPad Air 3, but if its incremental - meh. What about computers! Mac Mini, Mac Pro! These are ridiculously late. Does Apple only have 8 Engineers total?
Rating: 35 Votes
8 months ago
Seriously? Updating the watch band line up is a thing now? The bands?

You're killing me, Apple. It seems the focus on technology that just works is getting a little diffused.
Rating: 34 Votes
8 months ago
All I ask for is pencil support in the Air 3.
Rating: 15 Votes
8 months ago
What about macs though ?

MacBook? MacBook Air? MacBook Pro?
Mac mini? Mac Pro?

All of these are possible, except for high end iMac. We could still see a new low-end skylake iMac
Rating: 10 Votes
8 months ago
I want new MacBook Pro with Skylake :(....
Rating: 10 Votes
8 months ago

Why even bother. The only thing of some merit would be the iPad Air 3, but if its incremental - meh. What about computers! Mac Mini, Mac Pro! These are ridiculously late. Does Apple only have 8 Engineers total?


Yaaay more lame incremental upgrades that I can't afford and wouldn't want anyway.

I now spend my money on shaving hardware because I think it's a better investment. I've bought 2 hand-made shaving brushes, about 30 different soaps, razors hand-made by famous Japanese swordsmiths and a heap of cool bowls/aftershaves (from the UK, Spain, USA, Japan, Australia...etc) for less than a grand. Far more rewarding than a big-screened iPhone that can't take calls.
Rating: 6 Votes
8 months ago
Why would they bring the iPad Air 3 out now and not last autumn? Perhaps they didn't want to steal the Pro's Thunder. Still seems weird timing.

As to the 4" iPhone, it can't come soon enough. Why Apple have abandoned it beggars belief.

As to the watch bands: an event for that? Really? I wish Apple could make a lightning cable that didn't turn green and burn out.
Rating: 6 Votes
8 months ago

Watch 2.2. Probably the Skylake MacBook line, an iPhone 5SE and maybe an iPad Air 3. They won't have an entire event just for watch bands. It may be a 90 minute event in Cupertino with a small crowd. Just a refresh.


True. But if they say more than three sentences about the bands and if the word "revolutionary" is used, I may just lose it.

I guess I'm just the exact opposite of a fashionista and--while I do appreciate Sir Ive's expertise in design--I don't understand the attention to what is essentially a strap. (hmm, maybe this is why I'm not in design, either)
Rating: 5 Votes
8 months ago

If I was Apple I would have the Apple Watch classic and the Apple Watch round. 38 mm and 42 mm, in all the colors they had before. They do that and people would buy and buy and buy. And if Apple did what Google did with cross platform.
Rating: 5 Votes

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