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Apple To Unveil iPhone SE And 9.7-Inch iPad Pro On March 21: Report

29 February 2016, 6:44 am EST By Aaron Mamiit Tech Times
Apple was previously thought to be unveiling the iPhone SE and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro on March 22, which is the same date as its FBI hearing. Sources have said that the event will instead be on March 21.  ( Apple )

A report stated that Apple is planning to unveil the 4-inch iPhone SE on March 22, which is the same date as the company's FBI hearing in a California court.

The device was first scheduled to be announced on March 15, with the iPhone SE to commence sales just three days after on March 18.

It was considered strange for Apple to be announcing the device on the same day of the hearing for its controversial run-in with the FBI over the creation of a backdoor for the iPhone's security measures. A new report, however, reveals that March 22 will only be for the hearing.

Sources have told Buzzfeed News that the iPhone SE, along with a few other new products, will be unveiled by Apple on March 21.

The iPhone SE, previously thought to be named as the iPhone 5se due to its resemblance to the iPhone 5s, is said to be packing a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, Apple's A9 chip and support for Apple Pay. The smartphone is also rumored to be coming with a price point of between $400 and $500.

In addition to the iPhone SE, Apple is also said to be unveiling a 9.7-inch iPad Pro at the March 21 event.

It was previously thought that the next iPad to be announced by the company will be the iPad Air 3. However, rumors state that Apple will instead be announcing a 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which is smaller compared to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro released last fall.

The smaller version of the iPad Pro is expected to still feature the bigger version's specifications, including Apple's A9X processor with 4 GB of RAM. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro will also support the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard, with the only difference between the two models being the size.

Apple is also expected to introduce new bands for the Apple Watch at the event, which Buzzfeed News' sources are claiming would be smaller compared to the last one of the company that was held at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. A possible venue would be the company's town hall in Cupertino, in which Apple has previously held similar announcement events.

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