Apple Expected to Announce New Products as Soon as Next Week, Supply Chain Sources Say

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is expected to announce new products later this month, most likely between Monday, March 20 and Friday, March 24, according to reputable supply chain analysts we spoke to who wish to remain anonymous. The analysts said the information is from its own sources and not based on other reports.


    The research firm did not disclose which products it expects Apple to announce, but rumors have widely suggested at least a trio of new iPad Pro models will be unveiled as early as this month, including an all-new 10.5-inch model with slimmer bezels and updated 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch versions.

    The sources expecting an iPad refresh include, among others, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis, and Japanese blog Mac Otakara. The last of the three expects a new 7.9-inch model that would supplant the iPad mini 4, but other reports deny or fail to mention that particular claim.

    Last month, Mac Otakara said Apple will host a March event where it will debut its new iPad Pro lineup, a larger iPhone SE model with 128GB storage, and new Apple Watch bands. The report also claimed Apple will add a red color option for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which could be part of (PRODUCT)RED.

    Apple has yet to invite the media to an event this month, however, and those invites would be on shorter notice than usual if it is indeed planning to announce new products this way as early as next week.

    In each of the past two years, Apple invited the media to its March event roughly 11-12 days beforehand, including February 26 invites for a March 9 event in 2015 and March 10 invites for a March 21 event last year.

    There are three plausible scenarios if new products are in the cards: Apple is planning a March event, and invites will go out soon; Apple is planning a Spring event, but not this month; or Apple will share its announcements through a press release as it did when it dropped the price of the fourth-generation iPad to $399 in March 2014.

    A few reports have suggested the 10.5-inch iPad Pro could face shipping delays, so perhaps Apple will delay announcing it entirely.

    Apple has hosted March events four times in the past six years. In 2011 and 2012, it introduced new iPad models at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In 2015, it revealed Apple Watch pricing and release date information. Last year, Apple debuted the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and iPhone SE at its Town Hall.

    One rumor suggested Apple could be planning an event on April 4, but this date was based on Personal Pickup for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which is generally not a reliable indicator of an event. The in-store pickup date for 12.9-inch iPad Pro models is a rolling target, as evidenced by the April 10 date now shown.

    The all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro is expected to have slimmer bezels, and possibly no Home button, allowing it to have the same overall footprint as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. This design could foreshadow the rumored 5.8-inch iPhone. The tablet is also rumored to have a higher-resolution display and quad microphones.

    The updated 12.9-inch iPad Pro is said to feature a 12-megapixel rear camera and True Tone display like the current 9.7-inch model, using advanced four-channel ambient light sensors to automatically adapt the color and intensity of the display to match the light in the surrounding environment.

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  2. snowboarder macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2007
  3. Nintendo64 macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2011
    Yes. New iPads, a red iPhone, and amazing desktops still in the 'pipeline'.
  4. dsampley macrumors 6502


    Jul 2, 2007
  5. DrJohnnyN macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2010
  6. OneBagTravel macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2013
  7. SoApple macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2012
  8. imran5720 macrumors regular


    Dec 21, 2013
  9. robotica macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2007
  10. Chicane-UK macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2008
    Because they forgot how to make Macs.
  11. gpat macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
    Waiting for new iMacs, still with revolutiomagical 5400rpm drives
  12. UnalignedByte macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2013
  13. Nintendo64 macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2011
    Lmao! I fully expect this.
  14. cardfan macrumors 68000

    Mar 23, 2012
  15. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Hoping so. Curious to see the new iPads and I always look forward to the Keynotes. And maybe..."One more thing... "
  16. julesme macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2016
    San Jose
  17. Mr Fusion macrumors 6502a

    Mr Fusion

    May 7, 2007
    I'm still using an iPad 4 and see no reason to upgrade based on the above rumors. These machines are still intentionally gimped (walled garden, lack of desktop OS type functionality) so as they'll never be able to replace my laptop, even though the hardware is more than capable of doing so. It's very frustrating.
  18. pbasmadj macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2013
    Los Angeles
    For the first time in Apple history, I really don't care.

    I am on islands with Apple right now. Got the non touchbar MacBook Pro which I will admit I love, it is great, but not really a fan of their other offerings. Have the iPhone 6S, which I love, but have no interest in the 7 or probably not the new phones either. I love the products I have, but the other options they have and seem to be going after are not nearly as interesting as in the past. Keeping my money lately which was never the case in the past.
  19. MacDarcy macrumors 65816

    Jul 21, 2011
    I can't see Apple announcing new iPad pros(including a brand new 10.5" bezel-less model in just a press release. Such an announcement warrants an actual event. Either they will announce an event for this month, or the event will indeed be on April 4th as a recent rumor suggested. But make no mistake, there will be an event.
  20. pat500000 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2015
    No macs. Not only would this event be on shorter notice but shorter event like last October.
  21. Fall Under Cerulean Kites macrumors 6502

    Fall Under Cerulean Kites

    May 12, 2016
    I’m holding my breath for a WWDC announcement of:

    Mac Mini
    Mac Pro
    Magic Keyboard with Touch Bar
    Apple Branded 5K Display

    I’ll order all four, day of, sight unseen, if this happens.

  22. mcfrazieriv macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2012
    Irvine, CA
    The excitement killed me. Because of this, I am not excited.
  23. ThisBougieLife macrumors 68000


    Jan 21, 2016
    SF Bay Area, California
    Hope there are some iMacs too :D

    Reasonably I'm expecting new iPhone SE, new iPads, and possibly iMacs. Mac Mini and Mac Pro are dead. Apple-made display is also dead.
  24. ILuvEggplant Suspended


    Jul 28, 2016
    Los Angeles, CA
    If they do nothing with the OS then i won't be interested.

    It's just a big iphone. Hence why im still using my ipad (3rd gen).

    In fact apple says it's the "new" ipad. still works fine.

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