5 things to know about Apple's announcement

Posted at 6:50 AM, Mar 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-21 12:43:21-04

Apple is expected to introduce a number of new products Monday morning. The company sent invitations to a presentation entitled "Let us loop you in" scheduled for 10 a.m. PST.  It’s planned at the company’s Cupertino, California campus. 

So what’s the big announcement?  According to insiders, new products and improvements to existing items.

iPhone SE

Don’t call it a comeback.  Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 5 SE, which stands for special edition. Insiders predict it will be very similar to the iPhone 5, which has a smaller screen than the newer editions.   According to 9to5mac — it will likely "feature a mix of specs from the iPhone 6 and 6s but packaged in an iPhone 5-sized casing.” Meaning it will have the look of the iPhone 5, but the electronic brains of the iPhone 6.

9.7 inch iPad Pro 

Reports claim it is essentially an iPad Pro Mini.  Andrew Cunningham from arstechnica.comrecently wrote, "On the inside, rumors say to expect an A9X chip, possibly with more than the 2GB of RAM included in the iPad Air 2. On the outside, we may see a Smart Connector that will allow the use of Smart Keyboard-like accessories and a revamped screen that supports the Apple Pencil."

Apple Watch bands

A new edition of the Apple Watch is expected in the fall. However, new colors and styles of Apple Watch bands may be introduced at the March 21 event. Along with Apple's own bands, it also has a partnership with Hermes, which produces handmade leather straps.

Operating system updates

According to Cunningham, Apple has been beta testing iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4, tvOS 9.2, and WatchOS 2.2 since January.

Government investigation

Insiders are torn on if this issue will be brought up. Certainly, the elephant in the room will be Apple's ongoing feud with the FBI. Apple has declined FBI demands to decrypt an iPhone recovered from the San Bernardino killers. The event is also just one day before Apple has to face the FBI at a court hearing.