The next big Apple event will be held on Monday, March 21 at the tech company’s Cupertino, California headquarters. There has been no official announcement of what will be unveiled but industry analysts and consumer tech reporters believe Apple will unveil a smaller iPhone and a new iPad.
Several sites believe that the new iPhone, possibly called the SE, will be smaller than the current iPhone 6. It will reportedly have a screen size of 4 inches in contrast to the iPhone 6s Plus’ 5.5-inch screen. The consensus is also that the new iPad will be a smaller version of the current iPad Pro.
The new iPhone debuting at the Apple event will likely come with minor design changes that could bring the smartphone back on par with the three-year-old iPhone 5. Along with the four-inch screen, the new smartphone is expected to have minor, likely retro, design changes. The phone’s internals should be on par with the iPhone 6s with an A9 chip, better campera, and NFC for Apple Play.
The phone is expected to be smaller in response to market research showing a demand for smaller phones. Since Apple already has a selection of phones with huge screens, it makes sense for them to create a new phone that caters to the crowd that wants a smaller phone.
The new iPad will reportedly have a 9.7-inch screen and will be a smaller version of the iPad Pro, according to a report by CNET. Some sites believe the new device will be called the iPad Air 3, though 9to5Mac reports the company will drop the “Air” label from the tablet. Either way, it will join its fellow iPads in offering a growing array of options, from the 12.7-inch Pro to the 7.9-inch Mini.
Finally, Apple is also expected to debut a new version of the Apple Watch. The new watch is expected to come with some software updates and bands in new spring-friendly colors.
The Apple event will be live-streamed and CNET will also provide live coverage online. The event will happen at 1pm EDT, or 10am PDT on Monday.