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article imageiPad Air 3 and iPhone 5se reportedly coming March 15

By James Walker     Feb 2, 2016 in Technology
Apple is said to have set a date for its rumoured March device launch event which will see the company unveil an updated iPad Air, revived 4-inch compact iPhone and revised Apple Watch. It is possible the 'event' will be online only though.
9to5Mac reports that the company has decided on March 15 to launch the new products, citing unnamed sources that confirmed the date. Apple is planning two different device launch events for 2016, one in March and one later in the year in September for the iPhone 7.
The major unveilings in March will be of the iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3. The newest member of the iPhone family will take Apple back towards its roots by offering powerful components inside a small form factor. The 4-inch device will be based on the iPhone 5s but will use upgraded internals, including Apple's recent A9 processor.
An 8-megapixel main camera, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, support for Apple Pay and an updated design to resemble the iPhone 6 will complete the smaller alternative to the full iPhone experience, bringing back the idea of the iPhone 5c. Whereas the 5c used colourful plastic to keep costs to a minimum, Apple will be finishing the 5se in the same metal used for the old 5s though, making the phone feel more premium like higher-spec iPhones.
The awaited iPad Air 3 will also be making its debut on March 15, marking the first update for the iPad Air since October 2014. The 9.7-inch tablet is expected to receive a substantial refresh including some of the features from the iPad Pro, such as support for the Smart Keyboard accessory.
The added functionality has come at a cost though. In a break from Apple tradition, early rumours on the device indicate it will actually be both thicker and wider than its predecessor, adding 0.05mm and 0.1mm in each dimension respectively. It's not likely many people will care but it does indicate Apple is beginning to value productivity above style on its higher-end products.
Finally, Apple is expected to launch a refreshed version of the Apple Watch with a few minor changes designed to give the wearable a new lease of life until its successor arrives later in the year. A selection of new bands will join the updated Watch, giving fans new ways to personalise their style.
Naturally, Apple hasn't commented on the rumours and the date remains unconfirmed until the company issues an official statement. March 15 is still several weeks away so it is possible the event could change before then as products are finalised and prepared for launch.
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