Apple’s four-inch iPhone and new iPad Air tablet could go up for sale in just over a month

Sometime in the last month or two, the idea that Apple’s about to announce a new four-inch iPhone passed somewhere from the stuff of rumors to what was starting to feel a lot more like a certainty. And as reports closed in on a possible March announcement for the new hardware, this once-fanciful notion was on the verge of becoming quite real, indeed. Now we’re looking forward to not only the phone we’re hearing will launch as the iPhone 5se, but also a new iPad Air 3, and maybe even some new Apple Watch hardware. March 15 is our best guess for Apple’s announcement of all this new gear, but assuming that does go down as anticipated, when might this new hardware actually go up for sale? Today, rumors finally start tackling that question.

Supposedly, Apple will begin sales of the iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 on Friday, March 18.

That would include both online and in-store sales. With sales following so shortly after the initial announcement, Apple may not give shoppers the chance to place pre-orders, and just go right into full retail availability.

What this rumor doesn’t address is when the new Apple Watch stuff might land. This report avoids mention of an upgraded Watch itself, and instead suggests we’re just going to see new bands. Whether those could go up for purchase on March 18 along with the new iPhone and iPad hardware, or if they’ll only land at a later date, we don’t yet know.

Source: 9to5 Mac

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