Expect the iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 in stores on 18 March

Latest report claims Apple will release the devices just days after the reveal

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Earlier this month, multiple reports claimed that Apple had pinned down an event for 15 March to showcase its latest iOS devices, including a new 4in iPhone. Now we may have a date for when you'll actually be able to buy them.

And it's three days later, on 18 March. That's according to 9to5Mac's Marc Gurman, a frequent and reliable Apple leaker, who says that the iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 will both debut on Tuesday the 15th and then be available in stores on Friday the 18th. His sources say that pre-orders are unlikely, although both devices don't seem like they'll be as in-demand as Apple's flagship phones.

The iPhone 5se - also referred to as the iPhone 6c in some reports - will reportedly be Apple's first new phone with a 4in display since 2013. It's said to look more akin to the iPhone 6 and come in Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, and Space Grey, but have a mix of components previously seen in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s.

For example, 9to5Mac claims that the phone will have the A9 and M9 co-processors from the iPhone 6s, but offer the same cameras as the iPhone 6 - and it'll have Live Photos support, but not a 3D Touch display. It's said to have an NFC chip for Apple Pay, however, and always-on Siri support.

As for the iPad Air 3, don't expect a dramatic leap from the iPad Air 2 despite the longer-than-usual wait for an upgrade. It sounds like an A9X chip is likely, along with new cameras and a possible rear flash, and the latest rumours suggest that the Smart Connector from the iPad Pro will make an appearance. If so, expect Apple to have a Smart Keyboard for the iPad Air 3, and perhaps Apple Pencil support as well.

Apple is also expected to showcase an array of new Apple Watch bands, including a Space Black Milanese Loop, new Sport Band colours, and nylon bands, although new Watch hardware isn't likely until later this year. In any case, if you're a fan of smaller phones, a more capable iPad, or a Watch band refresh, next month's releases may be right up your alley.

[Source: 9to5Mac]