Citing their knowledge of Apple’s inner supply chain dealings, anonymous sources have indicated that the Cupertino-company could be gearing up to unveil a number of ‘new products’ as early as next week according to a report issued Monday morning by MacRumors.
Without delving into further detail about what products might be in store, these sources went on to suggest that we could see them be unveiled sometime between Monday March 20th and Friday March 24th, pending an official announcement from Apple, of course. However, this new rumor, if valid, would conflict to an extent with an earlier report suggesting that Apple could be holding its annual spring event on Tuesday April 4th.
It is possible, theoretically speaking, that the company could hold a spring event as early as next week — even though it would be held on such short notice. Last year and the year prior, for example, Apple sent out invitations to the press for its spring event just 11-12 days prior; so if indeed the company is holding an event next week, we should see an announcement any day now.
Apple has hosted spring events during four of the last six years, in 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2016, so while an event being held this year is certainly plausible, Apple’s new products may or may not actually hit store shelves until later on this spring, or even early this summer, at the latest.
As far as what ‘new products’ we’re talking about here: several reports, including those spearheaded by KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, have alluded to a trifecta of iPad models being in the pipeline — two of which have been slated to embody next-generation refreshes of the 9.7-inch iPad and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, as well as an all-new 10.5-inch iPad model featuring a gorgeous bezel-free design. Other reports have conflicted in respect to a 7.9-inch iPad mini refresh, which could be referred to as the ‘iPad mini Pro’, as a replacement for the long-in-the-tooth iPad mini 4; however we’ve heard very little about that device to date.
Last month, the popular Japanese blog, Macotokara, also issued a wide-ranging report suggesting that — in addition to the myriad of iPad models — Cupertino could be releasing an assortment of new Apple Watch bands, an upgraded iPhone SE boasting double the storage (128 GB), as well as an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus coated in a fiery Red-clad outer casing.
At this point, we’re just waiting on an official announcement (or denial) from Apple in respect to its spring event, and we’ll keep you posted, accordingly.