Sources near to Apple are now claiming the company will announce and release at the same time the iPad Air 3 and the iPhone 5se in March 18, Friday, despite there are another sources claiming it is in March 15, Tuesday.
The iPad Air 3 is believed to take a leaf out of the iPad Pro's book. Among the changes rumored are a new, A9-based processor for more performance and an improved camera; however, it's the display and connectivity which will see the biggest improvements. For instance, the Smart Connector which Apple uses on the iPad Pro to connect the Keyboard Case is said to be coming to the iPad Air 3, opening the door to more accessories, while Apple Pencil compatibility is also predicted. That would turn the tablet into a smaller, more affordable version of the iPad Pro.
The iPhone 5se is expected to in effect package 6s-level specs inside a 5s-dimension case, complete with a 4-inch display. In short, it should satisfy those who clung to their old iPhone 5s because they didn't want a physically bigger handset, but who still want a faster processor, support for Apple Pay, and an enhanced camera experience. The iPhone 5se is expected to have both the Apple A9 and M9 processor and motion co-processor, along with the iPhone 6 camera and Live Photos support.