SURPRISE, SURPRISE. Apple has announced that it will hold an event on 21 March at which we'll no doubt see the launch of the iPhone 5SE, a new iPad Pro and new Apple Watch models.
The invitation is typically mysterious. 'Let me loop you in,' it reads, which is perhaps a nod at the new Apple Watch bands expected at the event, while the colour scheme could also be a hint that the rumoured iPhone 5SE will be available in the same colours as the iPhone 6S.
So what else can we expect from the iPhone 5SE? Months of speculation suggests it'll be Apple's first 4in iPhone since the not-so-popular iPhone 5C, but that it will ditch the tacky plastic design in favour of an aluminium case reminiscent of the iPhone 5.
We can also expect the iPhone 5SE to feature the same A8 and M8 processors seen inside the iPhone 6, an NFC chip for Apple Pay, Bluetooth 4.2, VoLTE, 802.11ac WiFi, and 8MP and 1.2MP cameras complete with autofocus, support for larger panoramic images and the Live Photos feature that debuted on the iPhone 6S.
A new iPad is also tipped to appear at the 21 March event. Previous rumours pointed to Apple launching the iPad Air 3, but new reports claimed that the firm plans to reveal a smaller iPad Pro tablet.
The mooted 9.7in device, which will potentially launch as the iPad Pro Mini, will offer near identical specs to the bigger 12.9in iPad Pro, according to the rumours, with an A9X processor and display technology that supports the Apple Pencil stylus. Apple is also said to be prepping a downsized version of the Smart Cover keyboard attachment.
There's chatter that the 9.7in tablet will feature rear-facing LED flash for improved photos in low light, and additional speaker grilles to better match the audio quality of Apple's 12.9in tablet.
Apple seems keen to work The INQUIRER team hard on 21 March, as this is apparently not all the firm has up its sleeve. The Apple Watch 2 is unlikely to be unveiled, but the firm reportedly plans to show off some new Apple Watch options.
Expect multiple new colours for the rubber Sport Bands, additional colours for the line of Hermès bands, a black version of the Milanese Loop, and an additional band range made from a new material. µ
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