3 Things to Expect From Apple's Big Event

Mar 18, 2016

Get ready, Apple fans. On March 21, the tech company is holding an event on its Cupertino, Calif. campus, where it will presumably unveil some new gadgets and possibly make other announcements too.

There's no way to know exactly what Apple has planned, but here's what we're expecting to see based on the latest rumors and reports. You can watch the event here.

A new, smaller iPhone

Apple is expected to introduce a new iPhone with a 4-inch screen during its keynote next week. The phone, which is expected to be called the iPhone SE, will look almost identical to the iPhone 5s, according to 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman.

But, unlike Apple's three-year-old iPhone, the iPhone SE is said to have matte edges rather than glossy ones. Leaked designs for an upcoming phone case also provide some hints as to what this smaller iPhone might look like.

Although it will likely look a lot like the 5s, the iPhone SE will be packed with more powerful internals. The new iPhone will reportedly include the same A9 processor found in the iPhone 6s, support for Apple Pay, improved Wi-Fi and cellular components, and a 12-megapixel camera capable of recording 4K video.

A new iPad

Apple may launch a more compact version of the iPad Pro as well. A refreshed iPad with a 9.7-inch screen and Apple Pencil support is also reported to debut at Apple's event, according to Gurman. This upcoming tablet could also include Apple's Smart Connector, which allows the Pro to connect to Apple's Smart Keyboard without pairing via Bluetooth.

The specifications for this iPad will also closely match that of the iPad Pro. But the new tablet's camera is expected to more closely resemble that of the iPhone 6s, which means it will also be able to record video in 4K. Apple is also likely to price this updated 9.7-inch iPad similarly to the iPad Air 2.

This Is How Apple Teases All Its Huge Announcements

iTunes Launch On Windows, October 2003, Cupertino
iTunes launch on Windows, October 2003Apple
iTunes Launch On Windows, October 2003, Cupertino
iPod Nano, September 2005, Cupertino
5th Generation iPod, October 2005, Cupertino
iTunes 7 With Movies, September 2006, Cupertino
iPhone 2007 Macworld Invitation.
iPod Touch, September 2007, Cupertino
App Store and iPhone 3G 2008 Worldwide Developers Conference Invitation.
2nd Generation iPod Touch, September 2008, Cupertino
iPhone 3GS, 2009, Worldwide Developers Conference
3rd Generation iPod Touch, September 2009, Cupertino
iPad, 2010, Cupertino
iPhone 4, 2010, Worldwide Developers Conference
4th Generation iPod Touch, September 2010, Cupertino
Macbooks With Unibody-Design, September 2010, Cupertino
2nd Generation Macbook Air, October 2010, Cupertino
iPad 2, 2011, Cupertino
iPhone 4S, 2011, Cupertino
iBooks 2 & iBooks Author, January 2012, New York
3rd Generation iPad/strong>, 2012, Cupertino
Macbook Pro With Retina Display, June 2012, Worldwide Developers Conference
iPhone 5, 2012, Cupertino
iPad Mini, October 2012, Cupertino
iPhone 5S & iPhone 5C, 2013, Cupertino
iPad Air & iPad Mini With Retina Display, 2013, Cupertino
iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus & iOS 8, Cupertino
Apple Watch, March 2015, Cupertino
iTunes launch on Windows, October 2003
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Apple's views on privacy

Apple's event takes place just one day before the company's court date in its ongoing fight with the Federal Bureau of Investigation over encryption and privacy. There's a chance that Apple executives could use the event as a platform to make its case once again.

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