An Apple Keynote is always good news for the world of technology. And as has been the case lately – before the iPhone launch in September – there is usually a pre-launch event for new products, which this year are almost certain. Although Apple still hasn’t made an official invitation, we’re looking forward to the event around the corner and we’re already thinking about what we might be introduced to.
Last year, Apple announced the iPhone SE , the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and the new Apple Watch bands on March 21st.
A renewal of the iPad and Mac lineup has been awaited for quite some time, but recently rumors began to circulate about a possible red iPhone and the introduction of new Apple Watch models.
Apple’s iPad range currently includes five models: iPad mini 2, iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro 9.7-inch and iPad Pro 12.9-inch, expected to be revamped with a new 10.5-inch bezel-free screen size with dimensions similar to the 9.7-inch model’s total footprint. Also 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch hardware upgrades are expected so Apple can maintain those prices.
A recent report, however, claims based on the supply chain that the new 10.5 and 12.9 inch models may not be shipped until May or June. Apple unveiled the original iPad Pro two months before it went on sale, so an April event could include a new shipping form factor four to six weeks later.
Apple introduced the 4-inch iPhone last spring and this year a new storage option has been rumored. The iPhone SE has most of the same internal features as the iPhone 6, but with a design based on the iPhone 5s. Storage options currently include 16GB and 64GB.
A new color option for the iPhone 7 lineup has also been reported after being initially rumored for the next generation of hardware. Apple may be planning to introduce a red iPhone 7 for the first time as a mid-cycle update. The new iPhone colors typically come at launch with the exception of the white iPhone 4 which was delayed for several months.
The Mac line has more room for the new hardware that will be introduced with products including the Retina iMacs, Mac mini, and Mac Pro.
Apple reviewed the alignment of MacBook Pro last fall with the new Touch Bar models and the same USB-C treatment is expected to be directed at the upcoming iMac training. As for Mac Pro and Mac mini, both are years (2013 and 2014), but rumors of upgrades have not surfaced. Many believe Tim Cook’s recent promise of “great desktops” points to more powerful iMacs.
Finally, Apple is probably planning to update the alignment of Apple Watch with new colors and band configurations and possibly new materials. Rumors of a Series 3 Apple Watch have pointed to battery life gains, but new hardware is not expected until later this year.