Apple’s new iPhone Launch slated for March 15th, 2016

Apple has picked a date for its big product reveal next month, according to reports from both 9to5Mac and BuzzFeed News. The new iPhone 5SE which is an updated version of the 4-inch iPhone 5S and the iPad Air 3 are on the schedule for March 15th, the reports state. Last month, we knew Apple was potentially eyeing a March date for the announcements, but it wasn’t until today both 9to5Mac and BuzzFeed News independently locked down the day.

The new iPad Air 3 is said to include iPad Pro-like features like better speakers and a Smart Connector to use with accessories like the Pro’s keyboard. It would be the first update to Apple’s 9.7-inch tablet line since the iPad Air 2 in October 2014. Apple is also expected to introduce new colored Apple Watch Sport bands and a few additions to its higher-end accessory line, including new bands from retailer Hermès and a black version of the Milanese Loop. 9to5Mac says a second-generation Apple Watch model may be slated for a September reveal.

The real star of the show will be the new iPhone, which may see the innards of the iPhone 5S replaced with those of an iPhone 6S — with a few tradeoffs. Some features such as a 3D Touch display may not be present on the new device, which contradicts rumors the device will support Apple’s Live Photos feature unless the company enables the feature with a long finger press instead of by using a pressure-sensitive display. Other features the phone is expected to have include an A9 chip, a better front-facing and rear camera, and Apple Pay support. According to reports from 9to5Mac, the phone will cost $450 for a 16GB model, same as the iPhone 5S.

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