APPLE PREVIEW: Small iPhone, small iPad Pro, and more

Published on March 22 2016

APPLE PREVIEW: Small iPhone, small iPad Pro, and more

Apple's next big product unveiling is right around the corner. The company will hold a press event at its Cupertino, California, headquarters on Monday, March 21.

Here's what we expect to see unveiled.

A smaller, 4-inch iPhone SE
APPLE PREVIEW: Small iPhone, small iPad Pro, and more

Apple is expected to announce a new iPhone, but it won't be called the iPhone 7.

The marquee new product expected to take the stage at Apple's March event is a smaller, 4-inch iPhone, allegedly called "iPhone SE." The SE moniker will apparently stand for "Special Edition," according to outlets including 9to5Mac and Bloomberg.

Beyond a smaller display, the iPhone SE is rumored to look like a mash-up of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 with a metallic body. According to 9to5Mac, it will be just as powerful as the existing iPhone 6s with an A9 processor.

One big feature that will be missing from the iPhone SE is reportedly 3D Touch, which Apple implemented in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

The iPhone SE will likely replace the iPhone 5c in Apple's lineup and cost between $400 and $500. Like past iPhone models, 9to5Mac says the base iPhone SE model will come with 16GB of storage.

A smaller iPad Pro
APPLE PREVIEW: Small iPhone, small iPad Pro, and more

9to5Mac's Mark Gurman says Apple will make the 9.7-inch iPad Air more powerful and call it the iPad Pro, which currently exists in a 12.9-inch form factor.

That means the smaller display size that belongs to the iPad Air now will get support for Apple's Pencil stylus, stereo speakers, and faster specs. It could also have an upgraded 12-megapixel camera that can record 4K video, according to 9to5Mac.

The base model is rumored to cost $599, according to 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman. That's $100 more than the iPad Air's base model, but the smaller iPad Pro is expected to have double the iPad Air's base storage with 32GB.

New Apple Watch bands
APPLE PREVIEW: Small iPhone, small iPad Pro, and more

While a new Apple Watch model isn't expected this month, 9to5Mac reports that there will be new color and band options announced.

New looks for the Apple Watch will likely be in partnership with luxury fashion brands, similar to how Apple partnered with Hermès for ultra-expensive bands last year.

A release date for iOS 9.3, a major update for iPhones and iPads
APPLE PREVIEW: Small iPhone, small iPad Pro, and more

To accompany the new hardware, Apple will likely announce a public release date for iOS 9.3, which is currently in beta.

The update has new features like Night Shift for adjusting the color of your display at night, which reportedly has health and sleep benefits. Apple has also been testing a new version of watchOS for the Apple Watch that includes an updated Maps app and bug fixes.

Business Insider will be at Apple's event on Monday, so stay tuned!

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