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Apple rumored to hold a mid-March keynote: iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3, and Apple Watch 2 coming?

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Apple rumored to hold a mid-March keynote: iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3, and Apple Watch 2 coming?

This just in - the rumor mill has churned out a pretty saucy hearsay, claiming that Apple will be hosting a keynote in mid-March, most likely sometime in the week that starts March 14, though the date has not been set in stone yet. 

As a reminder, Apple held a "Spring Forward" keynote back on March 9, 2015, where it announced additional details about its first wearable, the Apple Watch. We certainly hope that this year's event also has a handful of interesting tech in store, and this will likely be the case - we heard that a whole slew of devices could be announced at this event, most importantly the iPhone 5se, the iPad Air 3, and the Apple Watch 2.

Apple iPhone 5se reportedly snapped alongside an iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5se reportedly snapped alongside an iPhone 5

We seem to know quite a bit about the three devices in question. Call it wishful thinking, but we are already convinced that Apple might be prepping a new smaller-sized and more affordable 4" iPhone -- rumor has it that the device will be called the iPhone 5se, with "se" reportedly standing for "special edition". As per some of the most recent leaked images, the device might be scaling the iPhone 6/6s design language down to the iPhone 5/5s' dimensions. Wait, what is this that we hear? Yes, a happy outcry from all the small-phone lovers out there! 

Additionally, we just recently heard that the device will be actually packing the newer Apple A9 chipset complemented by the M9 motion co-processor and not the older A8 one, which was among the first snippets of info we got hold of. Also, the iPhone 5se is expected to carry an 8MP rear snapper, a 1.2MP front-facing one, Apple Pay support courtesy of an NFC chip, Bluetooth 4.2, VoLTE, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The device will also be able to display Live Photos, but not record them. We will reportedly see the phone in 16 and 64GB versions; it could be available in Silver, Space Gray, Gold, and Rose Gold. The price? Reportedly, $449.

Leaked iPad Air 3 schematic

Leaked iPad Air 3 schematic

Now, to the iPad Air 3! We suppose that the slate will most likely inherit the quad stereo speakers that can be found on the iPad Pro and have four speakers on board. There's also the slight chance that Apple's upcoming presumably 9.7" tablet might come with an LED flash to aid the iSight camera in low-light scenarios, as per a leaked schematic.

As far as the second generation of the Apple Watch is concerned, we can only speculate what the novelties will be at this point. In fact, there is some speculation that the wearable might not even be announced during the March event

As usual, we will have to patiently wait until March to see which ones of all mentioned rumors will turn out to be true. We certainly hope for all of them to materialize. What about you?

source: 9To5Mac

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posted on 28 Jan 2016, 07:59

1. Moose (Posts: 411; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)

I don't understand why Apple is calling the new small iPhone the 5se rather than 7se. Who wants to buy a phone with a two year old name, sounds like a marketing blunder to me.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 08:16

2. Jimrod (Posts: 1445; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)

Well it's still just rumour for now, name may change... But then they're still selling the 6S range so might not want to risk undercutting themselves.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 08:26

3. SIGPRO (Posts: 1865; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)

Dying breed!

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 08:28 1

4. WPX00 (Posts: 462; Member since: 15 Aug 2015)

I always thought that 5se stood for 5s enhanced!

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 10:30 1

5. oozz009 (Posts: 520; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)

Yeah they should at least put the number "6" in the name. Hmmm maybe it should be called the iPhone 6L (iPhone 6 Legacy). :)

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 16:27

6. IOSANDROID (Posts: 100; Member since: 30 Sep 2015)

i love that name +1 for you!

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 16:58

7. cncrim (Posts: 900; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

How much is the question? If the phone cost 500, i found i6 is much better choice but see what apple cook up.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:58

8. SkyfallWalker (Posts: 73; Member since: 28 Jan 2016)

Cant wait to see.

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