When we hear rumors about upcoming Apple products, we usually take them with a grain of salt. But when Mark Gurman is behind those rumors, we definitely are notice, as he has a track record of being more right than wrong in recent years when it comes to Apple announcements.
Such is the case with today’s revelation that Apple will hold a keynote address in March to launch two major products. The first of which we already expected: the second generation Apple Watch. Apple announced the first Apple Watch in the fall of 2014 at the tail end of its iPhone 6 keynote, but it didn’t actually launch the device until April 24th of this year. Apple had a long lead time with the first generation model in order to make last minute hardware adjustments and give developers enough lead time to create apps for a brand new platform.
This time around, things should be more familiar for both Apple and developers, so we shouldn’t expect to see a long gap between the official announcement and the public release. According to an earlier report from Gurman, the Apple Watch 2 is expected to connect to the Internet directly via Wi-Fi instead of relying on an iPhone for all contact with outside world, gain a FaceTime camera, and of course improved battery life.
The wildcard announcement is that of the iPhone 6c, which is also expected at the March event. Well-connected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed last week that Apple will release a 4-inch iPhone next year complete with an A9 processor, Apple Pay support, 2.5D glass and the cameras from the iPhone 5s. Rumors have persisted that Apple would release a true successor to the 4-inch iPhone 5s ever since the company moved its flagship smartphones to the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch form-factors.
At this point, all of this information is pure speculation. However, given the source, we have the feeling that next Spring is going to blossom for Apple Watch an iPhone fans.