Rumored Debut Date for Apple's New iPad and 4-Inch iPhone Hits the Web

Apple likely to announce debut of new products the day before it faces showdown with the DOJ in iPhone privacy case. 

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Though it was reported earlier that Apple would have a big March roll-out of new products on the 15th, the rumor mill is churning out new information. It seems the date will be moved to March 21, the day before the company meets in a U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to face the Justice Department. Amidst CEO Tim Cook’s crusade to protect customers’ privacy and the DOJ’s to gain backdoor access to the San Bernardino terrorist’s iphone, the show must go on.

A new 9.7-inch iPad Pro and a 4-inch iPhone SE are likely to be debuted. AppleInsider notes that images from French site NowhereElse seem to show that the new phone will not have 3D Touch sensors like the iPhone 6s which would keep down the price of the product. There may also be new Apple Watch bands.

Multiple sites note that the event will be held at the Apple Town Hall at its Cupertino headquarters. Also AppleInsider writes that, “Korean site UnderKG earlier suggested that the event will take place on March 22.” That seems unlikely with the 1 p.m. meeting pending at the courthouse. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see how good Cook is at multitasking.

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