What To Expect At Apple’s March 21st ‘Let Us Loop You In’ Media Event

Holding its first keynote of 2016 today, while Apple won’t be as exciting as last year’s conference that saw the launch of Apple Watch. Apple is however planning to introduce several new products and software updates, and that it should be done in real-time. Heading the event will see the sunrise of the 4-inch iPhone SE, Apple’s first and foremost phone since 2013. Joining the 4-inch iPhone will also be a new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, a range of new bands for Apple Watch, and updates for iOS 9, watchOS 2, tvOS, and OS X El Capitan.


iPhone SE Launch Imminent

Apple’s 4-inch iPhone, which is specifically modeled after the iPhone 5s. It’s said to be as close as in size and shape to the 5s, with the same general dimensions, but speculations already there saying it also includes a display that curves very slightly at the edges, similar to but not as dramatic as the iPhone 6s.

With some depicting more rounded edges like the 6s to match the iPhone SE rumors of the curved display, renderings and cases leading to questions about the final design of the upcoming device.

Because of these mixed rumors and a lack of part leaks, we can still expect for sure exactly what the iPhone SE design will look like, but in most cases in recent info has learned towrads an iPhone 5s-esque architecture. The external design of iPhone SE matches the 5s, and internals are modern this time up to date. It is said to include the same A9 processor found in the iPhone 6s, along with either 12MP rear camera that supports Live Photos and not 3D Touch, which probably include an integrated M9 motion coprocessor and the iPhone SE supports always-on “Hey Siri” functionality.

The 2016 flagship iPhone SE from Apple will undoubtedly have a Touch ID-enabled Home button and NFC chip for use with Apple Pay. The latst smaller-sized iPhone SE features better connectivity options, includes Bluetooth 4.2, fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi and VoLTE. On its battery package it gets a 1642mAh battery, a bit larger than what you found on iPhone 5s. Available colors for iPhone SE would go with – Silver, Gold, Space Gray and Rose Gold options. Pricing? For iPhone SE, which is said to be an entry-level device may be going not beyond thge cost $400 to $500 respectively.

9.7-Inch iPad

It was actually expected that Apple will debut a 9.7-inch iPad which it didn’t refresh in September when it introduced the iPad Pro and iPad mini 4, which is although is due for an update so. The last two 9.7-inch iPads have been branded as the “iPad Air,” rumors suggests Apple is retiring the iPad Air line now. Going to introduce a 9.7-inch iPad Pro rather than iPad Air 3.

A case designed for the new 9.7-inch iPad
The new 9.7-inch iPad is said to be branded as the “iPad Pro” this year, joining the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, resembles the MacBook Pro line, which is also sold in multiple sizes under the same brand name. It will adopt many features from the existing iPad Pro, but the general size and shape will continue to be similar to the iPad Air 2.

If that’s the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, then it will include a set of four-speaker layout for louder, more impressive aufio, with two other stereo speakers positioned at the top of the device and two speakers at the bottom of the tablet. The 9.7-inch will essentially erve as the smaller iPad Pro, will have a Smart Connector allowing it to support accessories like the Smart Keyboard, and feature the same display improvements to enable Apple Pencil functionality.

The 9.7-inch iPad 2016 flagship will also include a powerful A9X processor, gets an upgraded 12-megapixel camera, which found on iPhone 6s. The new iPad may also be the first of Apple’s line of tablets have a rear-facing flash. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro price is said to start at $599 for a 32GB Wi-Fi only model, with 128GB model and Cellular also available for purchase at a higher points.

Apple Watch Bands

However, we are not going to see the introduction of Apple Watch 2 at its Spring event, but expecting to see new bands for the first-gen Apple Watch. Existing bands like Sport Band, Modern Buckle, and Leather Loop may be available in new colors, and rumors suggest Apple has been working on a new era of Apple Watch band made by nylon.

Assumed to see the launch of Space Black Milanese Loop to match the Space Black Stainless Steel smartwatch from Apple.


Software Updates

Given the fact that Apple been working on software updates for Mac, iOS, Apple Watch, and Apple TV 4 since January 11, and it’s time for roll out, likely all four updates will be available shirtly after the March event on Monday.

iOS 9.3 Public

iOS 9.3 final will be the biggest updates to iOS 9 yet, introducing a new Night Shift feature that cuts down on blue lght exposure in the evening for better sleep. For iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users, several apps have new Quick Actions in iOS 9.3. Weather, Settings, Compass, Health, App Store, and updated version of iTunes Store will offer new or improved features when pressed on the Home screen.

Settings.app on iOS 9.3, for example, offers quick access to Bluetooth, WiFi, and Battery setup, wheras the App Store offers an option to update all apps altogether on time. Sveral other iOS apps have been updated, and also brings with it additional new features and modes. Apple News has support for in-line video, better personalized recommendations, and landscape view in the iPhone, while Health has an Apple Watch-style “Activity” view. Notes on the other hand also gets an option to password protect individual entries with passcode, Verizon subscribers gain access to Wi-Fi Calling, and there are new features for education users.

OS X 10.11.4 Final

For Mac users, OS X 10.11.4 is a minor update to El Capitan, focusing mainly on under-the-hood performance improvements and updates. New features include in OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 includes support for password protected notes and importing notes from Evernote in the Notes app. Update to OS X El Capitan also brings support for viewing Live Photos directly within the Messages app.


watchOS 2.2 OTA

With iOS 9.3, watchOS 2.2 is also in the final seed, introduces support for connecting multiple Apple Watches to a single iPhone. The update to watchOS also include a built-in Maps app, brings with it a revamped interface and buttons for accessing quick directions to home and work. Maps on Apple Watch will suport the Nearby feature first introduced with iOS 9, allowing users to quickly locate local points of interest.


tvOS 9.2

For Apple TV 4, tvOS 9,2 is a significant update for the Apple TV operating system, bringing several features that have been sorely missing from the fourth-generation Apple TV. Includes support for Bluetooth keyboards and Dictation, introducing two new text entry methods for inputting usernames and passcodes.

Finally, the tvOS 9.2 update includes support for grouping apps into folders on the Home scrren like on iOS devices. There’s a new look for the App Switcher interface and in the Photos app, you will have support for iCloud Photo Library and Live Photos. Still a fimrware update for the Apple TV remote present that adds improved motion sensor performance and support for additiuonal sound bar and as a whole receiver hardware.

Interesting part here within tvOS 9.2 is Siri Search for the App Store. Allows users to ask Siri to find specific apps or categories of individuals, such as games. tvOS 9.2 also includes support for MapKit so that developers can incorporate maps into their tvOS maps and also has a new language options for Siri.

Possibilities other than aforementioned, the Apple’s Spring media event on March 21st may also see refreshed notebooks, which is due, including the Retina MacBook, the MacBook Air, and of course the MacBook Pro. Ith Skylake chips rumored for some machines available, such as the MacBook, a Mac-related announcement remains a slim likely possible. Would see Mac refreshes starting at a later date, perhaps ahead of or at Apple’s June WWDC.

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