Apple Spring Event 2016: Why The Smaller iPhone 5 Is Only The Tip Of The Iceberg

Typically, Apple unveils its new iPhone lines to the world in the summer, but this year you won’t need to wait that long for the next iPhone model. Apple’s event in the spring will introduce the new iPhone 5SE, a 4-inch iPhone that combines the best of the iPhone 5 and 6S’s most notable features. But the new iPhone isn’t the only new and innovative thing we’ll see from Apple at this upcoming event.

Mashable mentioned that Apple is playing with the idea of eliminating the headphone jack on the iPhone 7, which would then mean a new design for the iPhone’s earbuds would be in order as well. Currently, Apple’s earbuds are made to fit the standard round audio jack on the iPhone, but some have suggested they may change that so the new headphones would have to plug in elsewhere on the iPhone. Apple also recently unveiled the 14-inch iPad Pro, whose screen is nearly large enough to double as a computer monitor, so that may be discussed during the spring event as well.

Apple has introduced new software features to its iPhone as well. Possibly the most noteworthy among them is the Live Photos feature, which lets iPhone users take moving pictures (no sound though, sorry). This makes the scene in the photo appear almost like a live-action flipbook, so you can see a moment on your iPhone even after it’s happened. The way this clever feature works is by recording the photo as a soundless video, thus allowing you to play it back later. It would make sense if other new camera modes were also introduced on the new iPhone, though that’s uncertain right now.

If you’re interested in tuning into Apple’s latest iPhone 5 developments, the event can be watched live on March 21 at 10 a.m. Pacific by clicking over to Apple’s website. As the tweet above mentions, there will also be an update to the Apple Watch’s Watch OS. MacRumors got the goods on the rumors that are flying about the Apple Watch, including the availability of new colors for the watch bands, as well as the possibility that Apple may be making a new device that can be used for medical purposes. Though Apple’s newer model iPhones come equipped with heartbeat sensors and other medical and health features, they are not full-fledged medical devices.

Even if we don’t see the Apple Watch on display at the next event, there will still be plenty of interesting things to look forward to alongside the iPhone 5SE. The ultra-thin iPad Air 3 is likely going to make its debut at Apple’s spring event as well.

No concrete info is available on the iPad Air 3 just yet, but if it’s like its predecessor, we can expect to see several major improvements, including enhanced camera functions and the multi-tasking miracle that is Split View. The iPad Air 3 will also likely carry on the Air 2’s tradition of using the Burst Mode feature, which allows users to take a series of snapshots in quick succession.

Apple CEO Tim Cook announcing the debut of the iPad Air 2 on October 16, 2014 in Cupertino, CA. [Image Via Justin Sullivan, Getty Images]

It’s also a pretty safe bet that Force Touch will be back on the Air 3. This nifty little twist on usual touch screen activities lets users program their device to respond differently to different levels of pressure put on the screen. For example, pressing the screen lighter could trigger the opening of an app, while a more forceful touch might bring up a contact’s information. In all likelihood, the iPhone 5SE will have that feature as well.

And then, of course, there is the excitement surrounding the new iPhone 5SE. If you haven’t already heard, the new phone will feature a 4-inch display and the ability to be used for Apple Pay, but that’s just the beginning. The phone will likely possess 4K video and a 12 Megapixel camera. To put things in perspective, 4K video means the recorded images will have 4,000 pixels, which will lead to much higher definition image capture.

Which iPhone 5SE feature are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments section below, and be sure to check out Apple’s spring event this month for all the latest information.

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