iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 rumoured to go on sale March 18

Ian Hardy

February 12, 2016 3:28pm

Ready for the next iPhone and iPad?

Reports last week suggested Apple could possibly announce the iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 during a media event on March 18th. Today, 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman says the two new devices will go on sale as early as Friday, March 18th. Pricing details still have not been revealed.

Speculation indicates the iPad Air 3 will feature a faster processor, as well as the iPad Pro’s magnetic smart connector.

Related: Why the iPhone 5se will be great for upgrade-shy Canadians

Source 9to5Mac
  • neo905

    Yawn…

  • cartfan88

    These type of releases are becoming increasingly non-events. A phone and an iPad with stuff that got released last fall? Whoop Dee do.

    • Rumble and Sway

      Funny. And yet people like you will come out and go ga-ga over a Blackberry where the design is between 5 and 20 years old. Talk about the biggest YAWN ever.

    • sgtpepper & walrus

      At least BlackBerry isn’t fooling anyone. They come out with decent phones, and you aren’t going to be pressured to buy a refreshed version of the same model every damn year.

    • Rumble and Sway

      A lot of what Blackberry made through the years was utter shît and yeah you’re right, they aren’t pressured into anything beyond sticking to the same tired formulas from nearly 20 years ago. It’s why the company lost all its market share and is still swirling in the toilet bowel with its hardware business

    • thereasoner

      BB makes quality stuff, always have but you’re right about them failing because they stuck to an old formula, kind of like what Apple is doing now.

      The long time behemoth that was once Nokia also found itself “swirling in the toilet bowl” as well eventually and so will Apple.

    • Rumble and Sway

      I don’t pretend to know the future of Apple but I seriously doubt management there is anywhere near as myopic as Blackberry or Nokia for that matter. Furthermore, Apple continues to make incremental upgrades to their devices which is enough for most people to stay loyal to the brand. Blackberry on the other hand totally missed the ball sticking with BB 7 as they did and developing BB 10 without the necessary third party/app support that was necessary for it to compete with Android and iOS. These were catastrophic to the company and I don’t see that happening with Apple anytime soon.
      Same goes for Nokia when Symbian went the way of the dodo but at least the company saw the writing on the wall when they made the deal with Microsoft to salvage something from the business.

      Android and iOS are here to stay no matter what. Symbian and BB10 were never long for this world and a company like Blackberry trying to ape some Android device among the slew of competition they face and make that seriously profitable is downright laughable.

    • Techguru86

      Businesses will take bbry , Android is nowhere near encrypted enough for many businesses and most android devices don’t sync together well, hence why many go IOS, Google and Samsung partnered with them for a reason for the Enterprise market

    • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

      It’s now GoogleBerry bro…

    • Techguru86

      And Samsung copies Apple and Apple copies everyone else.

    • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

      Yeah.. Audi does the same to BMW. What’s the big deal?

    • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

      0.3% says I it all.

    • sgtpepper & walrus

      Well at least it’s still swirling and not completely flushed!

    • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

      Decent phones? Who you fooling?

    • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

      If that isn’t the truth

  • gommer strike

    Well at least there’s a phone which has the smaller form factor that people who clung stubbornly to their iPhone 5/5S can move onto.

    • Tyrannosaur3464

      Definitely a positive for some!

    • cartfan88

      It is stubborn to use a phone that works for you for a couple years? It’s better to upgrade just for the sake of it? Your priorities seem odd.

    • Techguru86

      people have clung onto older devices because the 5s/c you can get for cheap now and the newer devices are almost $500 on a contract

  • I’m curious to see how iPad Air 3 has improved over 2

    • it is 40% lighter with 20% more battery power

    • neo905

      You forgot 80% thinner.

    • FlamesFan89

      And does precisely 100% of the exact same things.

    • Mo Dabbas

      hence the reason of the decrease in iPad sales. Many don’t see the need to upgrade since old iPads can do the same work as the ones being released. And iPads, unlike phones, are not something many take outside so there are less chance for them to break. So in the end they last longer.

    • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

      Buy a Bbry PlayBook then..

    • Mo Dabbas

      I did. It’s the best tablet out there

    • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

      Sweet, plan to have future upgrades real soon ….

    • Mo Dabbas

      ya, I heard iOS 10 is coming to it soon

    • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

      Ask Fatties McFucker… He’d know.

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      Awwwww… someone is mad..

    • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

      You gonna help him out ?

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      Yeah.. you mad

    • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

      Cross platform stickers!!!

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      No life mother fuqqer

    • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

      Can’t wait

    • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

      Good for you.. There’s about 127 JokeBerry JokeBooks out here in the world.. You truly are elite like Captian Coach Mikey….

    • Brad Fortin

      Doesn’t a new machine usually do the same things as the machine it’s replacing, so long as it’s the same type of machine? Don’t new computers usually do the exact same things as the computers they replace, just faster?

    • FlamesFan89

      Mo Dabbas summarized it nicely above.

      Also, the comment was pretty obviously facetious.

    • Brad Fortin

      But it’s generally used for the same purpose.

      A new car with more airbags, a better infotainment system, heated seats, etc, will still be used to get from A to B.

      Similarly, a new computer will still be used to check email, read the news, use Office, etc. The job to be done is largely the same, it’s just the tool that’s new.

    • FlamesFan89

      I get what you are saying, but still disagree. The car analogy has added functionality, the new computer may be able of handling new peripherals, or new software that the old computer simply couldn’t.

      The new tablet however likely (not definitely) runs the exact same OS, runs the identical apps, in the exact same way, and handles the identical peripherals. It’s just shiny and new, maybe in a new color. There is no added functionality, no new features. No added benefit other than “new”.

    • Brad Fortin

      The computer might have new ports, but the peripherals will be the same. We’ve gone from serial mice to PS/2 mice to USB mice, but the whole time it’s still just a mouse. Same with the keyboard. The monitor might have gone from VGA to DVI to HDMI, and the response time and colour reproduction may have gotten better, but it’s still just a monitor. A computer from 1995 is just as capable of running an old version of Microsoft Office as one from 2005 can run a newer version of Office and one from 2015 can run the latest version of Office, but it’s still just a computer running Office. The software gets updated but, again, the job to be done is the same.

      The same thing applies to the tablet: From 30-pin on old iPads, to Lightning on new iPads, to the Smart Connector on the iPad Pro. 3 different ports all just connecting a non-Bluetooth keyboard. New functionality and features are added all the time. You’re just too biased to notice them on tablets, e.g. you consider new ports as “added functionality” on desktops but not on tablets. What’s with the double-standard?

    • FlamesFan89

      I’m not sure why you think I’m being biased. The same thing applies to Android tablets.

      But I still disagree. A new computer can run new software that an old computer simply can’t handle. An old laptop can run the latest versions of AutoCAD, but a new one can. And before you say that the old one can run an old version, that doesn’t equate to being the same, as something like AutoCAD has advanced leaps and bounds in functionality through the years. Also, there are numerous peripherals beyond keyboards and mice that an old computer can’t handle but a new one can.

      But for a tablet, there isn’t the same jump in functionality. Even a 4 year old tablet will have the same capabilities as a brand new one, but just slower. A 4 year old computer is likely not just slower for something like AutoCAD, but completely incapable of running it.

    • Brad Fortin

      “A new computer can run new software that an old computer simply can’t handle.”

      So it’s like how any iOS device with an A5 chip or newer can run Siri and devices with A4 or older can’t? or like how some software requires newer hardware, like a compass and gyroscope, instead of just an accelerometer? or like how only the newest iOS devices can run Grand Theft Auto and Final Fantasy 7?

      “An old laptop can’t run the latest versions of AutoCAD, but a new one can.”

      Like how newer iPads can run Pixelmator and can handle multiple 4K videos in iMovie but older models can’t? A 4 year old tablet can’t handle editing multiple streams of 4K video like new tablets can because, in your words, they’re “completely incapable of running it”.

      “Also, there are numerous peripherals beyond keyboards and mice that an old computer can’t handle but a new one can.”

      Like how only the iPad Pro can connect to the Smart Keyboard?

      Processing speeds in CPUs and GPUs have increased at a faster pace in mobile than they have in desktops for quite a few years now. It took desktop CPUs decades to reach the speeds they have now but a low-end chip like the Core M series meets its match when compared to chips like Apple’s A9X or NVIDIA’s Tegra K1, and the gap will only get narrower over the next few years.

    • FlamesFan89

      But through all that frothing at the mouth you just did, you missed the point. And that is that this year’s tablet does the same as last year’s tablet.

      There aren’t big jumps from one gen to the next in tablets, and that’s ok.

      Sometimes, sure, there are jumps, and then perhaps is a great time to upgrade, but for the most part, the JOKES about it simply being thinner, lighter, etc, actually hold true. There really is nothing to see here, move along.

      Oh, and that whooshing sound, yeah, that’s also the joke flying past your head. Get a grip. people are joking around at how the tablets are simply lighter, shinier, moar pixels, just having a little fun, and it is like someone kicked your dog.

    • Brad Fortin

      Joke or not you really seemed to get into it when I questioned it, and even went so far as to change the topic from a single generation of upgrades to nearly a decade of upgrades and tried to compare the two as if they were the same thing, which is what I think really killed the joke.

    • FlamesFan89

      “Doesn’t a new machine usually do the same things as the machine it’s replacing, so long as it’s the same type of machine? Don’t new computers usually do the exact same things as the computers they replace, just faster?”

      So if you are of the opinion that your post here, your first reply to me, is on topic, please tell me how the discussion of a 4 year old computer being replaced (the example I actually used) is off topic, or doesn’t fit with your above post. You didn’t say anything about an annual upgrade, you just said replacing.

      You again with the “topics”. I was saying that yes, a tablet going from one gen to the next, has basically no actual advantage other than being a shiny new thing. You said (as I quoted) that any machine replacing an older machine does the same thing. I pointed out why I feel that isn’t always true. Much splitting of hairs and frothing of mouths was done (by you, not me) and then you say it is I who changed the topic, meanwhile, as in that other thread the other day where you are more hung up on the idea of a topic than having any substance in your posts, I didn’t change any topic, I simply refuted what you said. That isn’t changing the topic, it is… shocker… refuting what you said.

      It’s also rather funny that you equate four years to a decade. I mean, wow.

    • Brad Fortin

      The original topic, the joke, was about one generation doing the “exact same things” as the previous generation.

      Then you brought up features, ports, capabilities, OS versions, oh my!

      Then I countered that no matter what the new features, ports, etc, the job of the device is still the same, i.e. it still does the “exact same things”.

      Then you retorted that while that may be true of tablets it’s not true of desktops, laptops, and cars, because “new ports” and “new software” somehow mean the job to be done is now nothing like the old job to be done.

      I countered the same thing as before, giving examples of how, regardless of hardware and software changes, the job to be done is still the same, i.e. it’s still doing the “exact same things” as the device it’s replacing.

      So, really, you’re missing your own point of how one generation of a device does pretty much the “exact same things” as the last generation, while yourself changing the topic from what the device does to how it’s doing it (and which ports are being used to do it!).

      And I never equated 4 years to a decade, I made reference to my own analogy. It’s like you were defending yourself so hard you didn’t even read what I wrote.

      Nicely done.

    • FlamesFan89

      To be honest, I usually don’t read most of what you write, as it is predominantly nonsense.

      I still maintain that replacing a computer does not mean the new one does the same tasks, and that fits in with the post I directed you to, in that tablet replacement isn’t usually on a one year basis, just like computers.

      Your whole argument is that when you replace machine X with machine X 2.0, it does the same tasks. I pointed out the flaw in that logic, as there are machines that when you replace them, you are gaining a great deal in functionality that you previoudly lacked. Choose any analogy you like, I don’t care, the point is that it isn’t always a straight replacement as you suggest.

      However, with tablets, generally speaking, if you replace one with another, they both run the same version of angry birds and candy crush, and watch the same YouTube videos. You aren’t suddenly able to ruin a newer better version of YouTube. Sorry if that concept was too much for you to handle.

    • Mo Dabbas

      actually, some rumors suggest it being bigger because it’ll have 4 speakers and will have different panel that will be needed to support the apple pencil. so not sure about it being thinner this time.

    • I also forgot to mention that color options range from Space grey to unapologetically blue

    • Magically reinvented…. again?

    • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

      Sweeeet!

    • Mo Dabbas

      From the rumors it is expected to have 4 speakers like the iPad pro, support the apple pencil (also like the iPad pro), and have a flash for those who take pictures with iPad.

    • FlamesFan89

      “for those who take pictures with iPad.”

      *rolls up newspaper* No! Bad person! No! Go to your crate!

    • ^ this a million times. Not only does it make you look idiotic, it blocks the view for the people behind the ‘photographer’ which is quite inconsiderate.

    • Brad Fortin

      iPad photography has its time and place, just like with any other camera. Tablet users just don’t have the best etiquette yet.

    • FlamesFan89

      *rolls up newspaper* No! Bad person! No! Go to your crate!

      Unless you are a plane ride away from your phone, a tablet should NEVER be used as your camera. There is basically ALWAYS a better choice available. The only camera that should be on a tablet is a front facing one for video conferencing/chatting.

      Note, this isn’t me being anti-Apple. I feel this way about ALL tablets.

    • Brad Fortin

      But a tablet does make for a pretty good camera, especially with such a large viewfinder, and a larger camera makes any hand shaking less noticeable.

      Annoying, for sure, but useful under the right conditions.

    • FlamesFan89

      *rolls up newspaper* No! Bad person! No! Go to your crate!

    • Sensualpoet

      … and 120% more expensive 😉

  • jay

    iPhones are always selling good and need a bit more inside the iPad something new.

    Maybe we see a new iPad mini with forced touch.

    • Can’t Fix Stupid

      Nope. They just updated the mini 4 in the fall with Fall 2014 iPad Air 2 specs. They aren’t going to give the top specs to the mini given the “low” price point relative to the air and pro.

    • jay

      but remember they updated the iPad 3 and 4 in the same year.

    • Can’t Fix Stupid

      That was because the ipad 3 had issues…both from an overheating and performance perspective. They took out the ipad 3 as soon as they could with the ipad 4 and ran the ipad 2 as the entry level.

    • Rumble and Sway

      The only overheating is your stupidity pal..

    • Can’t Fix Stupid

      I see you are on that new OS called CFS. Can’t Fix Stupid.

    • Rumble and Sway

      You are the most unimaginative dolt on these boards. Everything is “stupid” to you. Then “stupid” is as “stupid” does.

    • Can’t Fix Stupid

      Living rent free in your head and there’s tons of vacant space.

    • Rumble and Sway

      Oh how “witty” you are. You must be wearing that shît eating grin coming up with that one.

  • sgtpepper & walrus

    So desperate, they are already at the second generation of iPhone 6 and now they decide to come out with a new iPhone 5 model. Year after year, iPhone and iPad new models with incremental changes. People are so blinded falling for this nonsense.

    • Rumble and Sway

      Why does that bother you? Or are rehashed Blackberries from 5-10 years ago your thing? Clearly they are and stop insulting people like you Rimtards always do because people have different taste in devices than you. Your type are the biggest trolls on these boards

    • Brad Fortin

      What’s so bad about incremental changes? That’s how things evolve over time. You can’t, and shouldn’t try to, reinvent the wheel every year.

    • FlamesFan89

      Agreed. The issue is not Apple or other manufacturing incremental changes. It is silly to call that “desperate”. The ” issue ” and it’s not even an issue as people are free to spend their own money as they see fit, but it is silly when people spend lots of money for nothing other than incremental change. But again, not an issue, because people are free to spend their money as they wish. Who am I, or anyone else, to judge.

    • sgtpepper & walrus

      I was wondering about your babbling.. now it makes sense, you had come out of surgery.

    • ShaBi

      Can you name one big player that doesn’t do incremental changes?

  • Techguru86

    Apples biggest issue is their adding more and more bloatware on hardware that won’t be able to handle it and they are just copying features everyone else has and marketing as their own, Samsung pay is far better and actually works on most terminals , Live photo’s is a crappy version of HTC Zoe, Motorola brought out the fingerprint sensor. Now you have devices like the 5X and 6P, which are now better devices thankfully for cheaper, hell even the Priv got fast and wireless charging before IOS