Apple to hold event in March
Rumours suggest Apple to unveil new products in March
Apple will hold its next event in March 2016, at which it will unveil the Apple Watch 2, alongside the rumoured iPhone 6c and the iPad Air 3, according to reports.
Rumours suggest that the Apple Watch 2 will appear at that event but that it won’t ship until April, a year after the first Apple Watch went on sale.
Apple has held events in March over the years, including the launch of the Apple Watch and MacBook in 2015 and the launch of the iPad 3 back in 2012. It seems likely that the Apple Watch 2 won’t be the only new product to launch at the March event. A number of Apple products are due
an update around that time. We think we may see the following new Apple products at the rumoured March 2016 Apple event.
Apple Watch 2
In April it will be a year since the Apple Watch launched, so perfect time for a new model to appear. The new Watch is said to offer sleep tracking and better health sensor technologies. It may also offer better battery life, a FaceTime camera, and crucially that it will be less reliant on the iPhone.
According to a Macworld survey, 20 percent of people polled want a smaller 4in iPhone and it looks like they may get their wish. Rumour has it that an 6c is coming and that it could arrive in the spring.
With this in mind, it seems likely that an Apple Watch event would also include a launch of the new 4in iPhone, which is said to come in a colourful metallic case (rather than the iPhone 5c plastic case).
It’s also expected that the new phone will offer an improved camera compared to the iPhone 5s. The A8 processor is likely to be Apple’s choice for powering this new iPhone, rather than the A9 in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. While it’s not thought that it will include 3D touch found in the IPhone 6s and 6s Plus, it is expected that the 6c will include Touch ID for use with Apple Pay.
iPad Air 3
The iPad Air wasn’t updated in September 2015, so we expect to see an update soon, and the rumoured March event would be perfect for this launch.
Rumours suggest that the iPad Air 3 will be even thinner than the iPad Air 2, that the aluminium it is crafted from will be even stronger than the current model, that a rose gold version might make an appearance, and that the megapixel count on the camera might improve.
We also expect that A9X chip (as found in the iPad Pro) might appear in the new iPad Air 3.
Another product rumoured to be in the pipeline is an update to the MacBook Air with the 11in model disappearing from the line up and a new 15in model being added.
There have been some rumours it may gain a Retina screen, but it seems unlikely as that would put it in competition with the MacBook Pro and the MacBook, and we imagine Apple wants to keep the price down. It is likely the new MacBook Air will gain Force Touch features, however.