5 THINGS TO EXPECT AT MONDAY'S APPLE EVENT
Monday is going to be a big day for very small objects
- •A smaller iPhoneMultiple analysts and news outlets have reported that Apple has been at work on a new 4-inch iPhone, its first since the iPhone 5S in 2013. It's likely to be a mashup of the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 6.
- •A smaller iPad Pro9to5Mac reports that, like the 12.9-inch Pro unveiled last year, this new 9.7-inch model will have four speakers, stylus support, additional RAM and a faster processor, and be available in a 128GB storage capacity. And then there's the really key difference: it's reported to have a connector on its side for attaching a keyboard case, which is a big part of what lets the iPad Pro transform into more than a standard iPad.
- •New Apple Watch bandsPotentially bands made out of new materials or in partnership with additional high-fashion brands, as it did with Hermès. Hopefully not as ugly and expensive this time!
- •Maybe an iOS updateFew people will be able to use the most important changes in iOS 9.3. Apple is adding a series of education features, including the ability to create profiles for multiple students on a single iPad, tools for managing a iPads across a school, and the ability for teachers to launch specific apps and websites on a classroom of iPads and check in on each student to see that they're following along. It's a key launch for Apple, which needs to keep improving the iPad experience to take on Chromebooks
- •Some encryption talkPossibly firing back at comments made by President Obama at SXSW. Even if Cook doesn't say more than he's previously said, this is a key opportunity to get Apple's voice out ahead of the case's next development.
- •(Probably) no MacBooks or OS XAll three of Apple's laptops — the MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro — are due for an upgrade, but we're probably going to have to keep waiting.