There's nothing better with which to raise the spirits of Apple fans than a good rumor, and the rumors have reached a fever pitch in the few days since the sobering financial news on Tuesday. Those rumors come from none other than 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, who has a surprisingly good track record at finding "sources" who know what's going on. So what should we expect in the next couple of months? According to Gurman, an "iPad Air 3", a new 4-inch iPhone called the "iPhone 5se", and new Apple Watch models.
The iPad Air 2 is getting a bit long in the tooth, having been introduced in October 2014. Gurman points to a schematic for a new iPad Air that showed speaker grills in all four corners -- similar to the iPad Pro -- and possibly a rear-facing LED flash for those people who find it necessary to use their iPads as super-sized cameras. "Sources" say that Apple is even testing versions of the 9.7-inch iPad screen that could be used with the Apple Pencil. Considering that the Pencil is still in short supply with delivery times stretching to 2-3 weeks, it doesn't make sense to me that Apple would want to disappoint an even larger number of customers by making a second Pencil-friendly tablet.
Not to be outdone, the often-wrong DigiTimes reports that the next round of iPad Air will have a 4K resolution touch panel, up to 4GB of RAM, and even better battery life. MacRumors brings some reality to that rumor, saying that the 4K could just refer to the same screen technology (oxide thin film transistor) used in the 5K Retina iMac and iPad Pro. DigiTimes also says that Apple will be increasing production of products equipped with 3D Touch, even though it's unlikely that 3D Touch will make it to the new iPad Air.
The rumored 4-inch iPhone 5se will supposedly have an A9 processor and M9 chip supporting always-on Siri, more storage, better cameras and the ability to take Live Photos, and the NFC chip required for Apple Pay. As for the Apple Watch, Gurman expects nothing more than watchband updates, although the headline says "new Apple Watch models revealed" -- new colors for the rubber sport bands and Hermes bands, a black Milanese Loop band, and "an additional band line made out of a new material". Whooopeeee!
When will this all happen? Gurman's crystal ball says that "Apple is currently planning to hold its keynote during the week of March 14th, but the final date is still in flux, according to sources."