Apple is almost ready to talk about its first product event of the year. Two independent reports claim that the company will have a special media event on March 15. A budget iPhone, an iPad Air 3, and a Watch update will likely be the stars of the show.
We will likely see Apple launch several new products, including a cheaper iPhone, unofficially called the iPhone 5se. Rumours suggest that the phone will essentially be an upgraded iPhone 5 with the same, easy-to-hold four-inch screen. The iPhone 5se is also rumoured to include Apple Pay support, the same processors used in the iPhone 6, and software upgrades including Apple’s Live photos.
Apple is also expected to launch the new iPad Air 3. The release will be the first significant upgrade to the tablet since October 2014. Many of the reporters closely following the event say that the iPad Air 3 will include several features introduced in the iPad Pro last year, including a Smart Connector and better speakers.
Finally, the company is expected to unveil the first Apple Watch updates. Rumours suggest that the Apple Watch won’t be overhauled in any way, but that it will get new bands and software. 9to5Mac reports that Apple has been testing a series of NATO-style nylon bands. I can’t wait to see what they look like.