Apple's next media event is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 15, according to sources as reported by 9to5Mac. Being six weeks out, the date could very well change or Apple may turn it into an online announcement although the latter seems unlikely given the trio of devices we're expecting to see.

The general consensus is that Apple is planning to unveil a new, smaller iPhone at the event. This 4-inch handset is said to be the spiritual successor of the iPhone 5c and will be called either the iPhone 5se or the iPhone 6c (neither name seems all that appealing but I digress).

Regardless of the name, the smaller iPhone is expected to be powered by an A9 chip with modern cameras and a 64GB storage option.

The iPad Air 3, meanwhile, will be the first update to the Air line since October 2014. As we reported last week, the new 9.7-inch slate will likely adopt the iPad Pro's four-speaker audio system and a Smart Connector which suggests a Smart Keyboard accessory could also be in the works. We've also seen rumored leaked sketches that suggest the new iPad will have a rear LED flash, a first for an iPad.

Not a whole lot is known about the second-generation Apple Watch although it's almost a given that we'll see a new collection of bands on offer as well as updated software.

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