Apple Spring Event 2016: iPhone SE, iPad Pro 9.7-inch round-up
Apple Spring Event 2016: iPhone SE, iPad Pro 9.7-inch round-upApple Inc.

Apple had confirmed earlier in the month it was hosting its sprint event March 21.

Apple's cryptic caption — "Let us loop you in" — in the press invite did not give away any hint on what the company plans to announce March 21, but rumours have it the Cupertino-based firm is most likely to unveil two new devices Monday — the iPhone SE and the iPad Pro 9.7-inch.

Apple iPhone SE: What we know so far

The rumoured iPhone SE is said to be a 4.0-inch handset, the upgraded version of the popular iPhone 5S series.

The iPhone 5S was unveiled in 2013, and was the last 4.0-inch Apple smartphone. Now, the company, in its bid to make further inroads in emerging markets like India and other Asian and African markets, has reportedly developed an affordable mid-range smartphone dubbed the iPhone SE (Special Edition).

It is said to sport a sleek design language similar to the iPhone 6 series, and is expected to house Apple's proprietary A9 processor, M9 co-processor, 16GB/64GB storage, a 12MP primary camera on the rear with 4K video recording ability and a 1.2MP FaceTime camera.

Other expected features include Bluetooth 4.2, , 802.11ac Wi-Fi chips, VoLTE (Voice over LTE), NFC (Near Field Communications) and the contact-less Apple Pay feature.

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Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch: What we know so far

Apple surprised fans in September 2015 by unveiling a mammoth 12.9-inch iPad Pro. It led many to believe the company might have retired the original 9.7-inch series iPad.

But, but recent reports have suggested the Apple has not ditched the medium-size tablet series yet.

It has come to light that Apple will pull the wraps off the new slate, dubbed iPad Pro 9.7-inch. It is said to boast an advanced display technology to support Apple Pencil (stylus), an anti-glare feature, a smart connector to dock keyboard, Apple's A9X SoC (System-on-Chip), and four speakers to provide enhanced audio experience and a 12MP camera with 4K video recording ability.

Besides the iPhone SE and iPad Pro 9.7-inch, Apple is also expected launch a new line of wristbands accessories for the company's Watch series to counter the arch-rival Samsung, which unveiled a limited-edition Gear S2 luxury variant designed by prominent jeweller de GRISOGONO.

Read more: Samsung launches special-edition diamond and gold encrusted Gear S2 smartwatch

Apple is hosting the March 21 event at the Town Hall auditorium on the Apple 1 Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, California. It will start at 10 a.m. PDT (10:30 p.m. IST).

The company has confirmed it will stream the event live online. Watch is space for more updates.

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