“Apple fans holding on to their iPhone 5 because they don’t like the newer, bigger models may have something to look forward to next month,” Lisa Eadicicco reports for TIME Magazine. “The Cupertino, Calif. firm is expected to hold an event on or around March 15, during it will introduce a new smaller iPhone, among other gadgets. ”
“Apple hasn’t confirmed any plans around its new products,” Eadicicco reports. “But reports suggest the company has the following in store for its fans next month:”
“iPhone 5se” featuring Apple Pay, support for Live Photos, a better processor, and an improved camera,” Eadicicco reports, “But Gene Munster, a senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray who frequently covers Apple, thinks the company won’t release a smaller iPhone until the next flagship model is unveiled later this year. ‘We think it will be called the iPhone 7c and will be available this fall,’ he says.”
“iPad Air 3. ‘From the iPad’s standpoint, the biggest additional feature would be 3D Touch,” says Munster,” Eadicicco reports, “3D Touch is a pressure-sensitive technology found in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus’ screen that allows users to access certain shortcuts by pressing down harder on the phone’s display. Apple has yet to bring this capability to the iPad.”
“Apple Watch. Munster believes a new Apple Watch is on the way. ‘[We’re] expecting a new Watch with a better battery and better components,’ he said. Munster likened this to Apple’s upgrade cycle for the iPhone, which gets a total refresh every two years with incremental upgrades in-between.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Many of Munsters views do not mesh with reporting from 9to5Mac’s usually very accurate Mark Gurman (see full article). We’ll see who’s right next month!