This week Apple sent out invitations to the event, which, as expected, will take place on 21 March. The presentation will begin at 10:00 local time (20:00 GMT) in the headquarters of the company in Cupertino (California, USA). Traditional Apple does not reveal the theme of the event, however, network sources close to the company told in detail that was prepared for Tim cook and Co.
Previous presentation of the Apple products took place in September 2015. Then the company revealed the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, a 12.9-dujmovi the iPad Pro, an updated Apple TV set-top box. This time we are talking about several important hardware and software releases.
iPhone SE: the return of 4-inch iPhone
The main focus of the presentation will be given to a new compact 4-inch iPhone, which will take the place of the iPhone 5s in entry level segment. The device exterior is reminiscent of the iPhone 5s with rounded edges 2.5 D glass or slightly curved, has a more modern hardware platform.
To the device will be called iPhone SE. In the Apple decode the abbreviation “se” as the iPhone special edition (“special edition”) or iPhone S enhanced (“enhanced”). The “spy” drawings and images of covers additionally indicate that the new iPhone model will be an aesthetic similar to smartphones, the design of which Apple debuted in 2012. To change only the shape of the windshield.
The smartphone will be equipped with 12-megapixel primary and 1.2-megapixel front cameras and a flagship processor Apple A9. The device will be able to record and view live pictures Live Photo (long hold on the screen), but don’t get recognize force pressing the 3D Touch display. But the gadget will be increased compared to the iPhone 5s battery capacity — 1642 mA∙h vs. 1560 mA∙h. Thanks to the integrated NFC device can communicate with the payment service Apple Pay, and the barometer will track elevation in the Health app.
Analysts argue that the novelty will go on sale on March 25. It will cost from 450 to 500 dollars. In other words, it will be relatively cheap smartphone: the cost not of the new flagship iPhone 6, we recall, starts at $549. Will be available in Golden, pink, silver and black case options.
After the release of iPhone SE model iPhone 5s will go on sale. This fall lineup of Apple smartphones will look like the following: SE iPhone, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and a new generation of 4.7 – and 5.5-inch iPhone.
9.7 inch iPad Pro: a compact version of the 12.9-inch model
Also this day the presentation of the updated 9.7-inch iPad. Although initially it was reported that they will be iPad Air 3, the latest rumors suggest the announcement of the 9.7-version iPad Pro.
The 9.7-inch tablet will have an improved screen and processor A9X. This chip is used in “large” iPad Pro and is characterized by higher productivity. The chip is so powerful that compare performance not only with devices in its class, like the Surface Pro, but also with gadgets of other categories. Observers note that Apple’s own processors have reached a level of performance that can compete with the lineup of Intel Core M.
In addition to the powerful processor compact iPad Pro will have modernized the main 12-megapixel camera with video recording 4K, four speakers, smart connector and a brighter display. In sale brand keyboard, Smart Keyboard, suitable for 9.7-inch tablet version. The new iPad Pro will be available in the same colors and memory configurations, and a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but the price will be closer to the line iPad Air.
As in the case with a 12.9-inch model, users 9.7-inch tablet iPad Pro will be able to use the Apple digital stylus Pencil, sensitive to pressure and velocity.
New Apple Watch straps: pack of accessories in anticipation of the September presentation, Apple Watch 2
Also in September last year at the event on March 21, Apple will update the line of straps for the Apple Watch. The company will show accessories out of new materials, which, according to rumors, developed in Cupertino. Owners of the Apple Watch will be available with the bracelet a modern interpretation of weaving, invented in Milan in the late nineteenth century. Another novelty will be the nylon model in the style of NATO.
Software update: iOS, tvOS, OS X, watchOS and iTunes
iOS 9.3, released six beta versions will bring some changes in system apps: notes, Apple News, Health. In the update there will be an option Night Shift, designed to improve sleep iPhone and iPad, as well as support for multiple Apple Watch for the iPhone.
In tvOS 9.2 Apple added support for Bluetooth keyboards for convenient filling of passwords and data on sites, folders for the home screen, updated design, multitasking, and support for new languages for Siri and iCloud photo Library service.
OS X 10.11.4
In OS X 10.11.4 users will have the option to password protect individual notes and synchronize these records with iPhone and iPad running iOS 9.3. In addition, added the ability to view and share with friends “live” photos taken with iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, with iMessage.
In watchOS 2.2 the Apple Watch owners will be able to use fully updated maps. In addition, the update will support connecting multiple Apple Watch to one iPhone at the same time.
Big update iTunes
In the podcast John Gruber top managers of Apple eddy cue and Craig Federighi spoke about the upcoming release of the big update iTunes, which will offer “a new look at the application”. According to them, the application will be easier to use, there will be integration with Apple Music.
The New Mac?
Informed sources report that at the presentation on March 21, Apple will focus on iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. Therefore, the announcements of new Mac can not wait. The company plans to release new 12-inch MacBook and updated MacBook Pro. The first could be presented at WWDC, the latter making its debut only in the second half of the year.