Well-sourced Re/code is indicating that Apple’s media event and keynote announcement for spring will be held in the week of March 21st. In an independent report by Buzzfeed, John Paczkowski reports that the event will take place on March 21st itself and will be a ‘smaller scale event’, suggesting it will take place in Cupertino on Apple’s campus. The reason for the event’s delay, given Apple initially planned for a March 15th event, is also unclear. Too much executive time spent with the FBI? Maybe!
Korean media site underkg.co.kr suggested the delayed date earlier in the week, although the report was generally ignored given the unknown provenance. In contrast, Re/code has a far better track record with Apple reporting.
As 9to5Mac has reported on numerous occasions, Apple will debut a new addition to the iPhone lineup, the 4-inch iPhone SE. The device will feature near-identical internal specs to the iPhone 6s, such as an A9 processor, Live Photos and Apple Pay, but will lack 3D Touch capabilities. Apple will also announce a revamped 9.7 inch iPad Pro, featuring the same A9X chip as its 12 inch cousin. 9to5Mac has reported that it will also feature the Smart Connector; Apple will debut a new Smart Keyboard to fit the smaller screen size. Apple will also unveil some tweaks to the Apple Watch line, including new Space Black Milanese Loop and nylon bands.
iPhone SE pictures have started to leak out. Earlier today, new images surfaced of the 4-inch iPhone’s display panel confirming the lack of 3D Touch. KGI has reported the 4-inch iPhone will sell for between $400-$500 with the iPhone 5s seeing a substantial price decrease. The iPhone 5s currently sells for around $450. If KGI’s report is true, the iPhone 5s pricing will fall to ~$250 or lower.