“Apple is planning to introduce new iPad hardware at an event in mid-March, according to sources, with the most likely device being a new iPad Air,” Mark Gurman reports for 9to5Mac.

“This new iPad with a 9.7-inch screen, presumably to be called the ‘iPad Air 3,’ will be launched alongside the a new 4-inch iPhone known as the ‘iPhone 5se’ and a series of new Apple Watch [bands],” Gurman reports. “Apple is currently planning to hold its keynote during the week of March 14th, but the final date is still in flux, according to sources… Apple has also been testing versions of the 9.7-inch iPad panel that are compatible with the Apple Pencil, according to sources.”

Appel will reveal “multiple new colors for the rubber Sport Bands, additional colors for the line of Hermes bands, a black version of the Milanese Loop, and an additional band line made out of a new material,” Gurman reports. “Apple is likely preparing to also release a pair of operating system software updates soon after the event to complement the aforementioned hardware updates: iOS 9.3 with Night Shift for the ‘iPhone 5se’ and ‘iPad Air 3’ plus WatchOS 2.2 with the new Maps app for the new Apple Watch models.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: iPad Air 3. Better late than never! Hopefully the beast will indeed support Apple Pencil.

Still holding out hope for those Apple smartbands (a GPS band would really be useful on a run; not wanting to cart around an iPhone), but that hope is fading fast as these sound like only cosmetic additions to Apple Watch bands. Oh well, maybe for Apple Watch 2?

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]