Apple is currently planning to introduce a new 4-inch iPhone dubbed the “iPhone 5se” and a new iPad Air at an event on Tuesday, March 15th, then put the products up for sale online and in retail stores as early as Friday, March 18th, according to sources. Apple is unlikely to offer pre-orders for the new devices, according to sources who cautioned that the plans could still change.
Such a quick launch, without pre-orders for the product would be a departure from the usual product strategy for Apple. The Cupertino firm typically debuts new devices at an event, and then one to two weeks later releases the devices to stores. There is also usually a pre-order period somewhere in the middle of the timeframe.
The much-rumored iPhone 5se is expected to be a draw for iPhone users who would like to take advantage of newer technologies, such as Touch ID, Apple Pay, faster processors, better cameras and more, but don’t want to upgrade to a larger screen. The new iPhone 5se is expected to boast a 4-inch screen, the same size as the current iPhone 5 lineup. The new phone is expected be available in gold, rose gold, silver, and space gray.
The iPad Air 3 is expected to offer a variant of the A9 processor, an upgraded rear-facing camera, (possibly including a flash), and a Smart Connector. The new 9.7-inch tablet is expected to offer support for accessories similar to the iPad Pro’s Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil.
Apple is also expected to announce a line of new Apple Watch Sport bands in new colors, a Space Black Milanese Loop band, and NATO-style nylon bands. Software currently in beta testing – which includes iOS 9.3, watchOS 2.2, OS X 10.11.4, and tvOS 9.2 – could be unveiled at the event, and see a public release shortly after.