Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Citing unnamed "reputable supply chain analysts," MacRumors reported on Monday that Apple is "most likely" to launch new products next week, between March 20 and 24.
While no specific products were named, it's expected that the company's iPad Pro lineup will receive a refresh soon, making them likely candidates for an update. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro hasn't been updated in about a year, while the current 12.9-inch model was introduced in the fall of 2015.
Notably, Apple typically sends out invitations for product keynote presentations ten-plus days in advance. Events are usually held on Mondays or Tuesdays.
If the imminent product launch rumor proves accurate, Apple is either planning last-minute invitations to an event, or perhaps won't be hosting an event at all. Such a move would not be unprecedented, particularly for minor spec bumps in new models.
However, Apple is rumored to launch a new flagship 10.5-inch iPad Pro, slightly larger than the current 9.7-inch model, potentially achieving a larger display in the same form factor with thinner bezels. Traditionally, a form factor change for a flagship product would justify a media event.
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is also expected to be updated, while a third, cheaper 9.7-inch variant could replace the iPad Air 2 as an entry-level model.
There have also been sporadic rumors of a new high-end 128-gigabyte iPhone SE, doubling the current maximum capacity of the entry-level iPhone. It is not expected that the iPhone SE will se any other hardware revisions, such as a faster processor or addition of a 3D Touch display.
Finally, one report claimed Apple will also launch a new (Product)Red iPhone 7 color option, expanding the flagship iPhone lineup with a new shade of red.
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