In an unexpected turn of events, Apple announced a big press event at the end of the month. In an invitation to reporters on Friday, the Cupertino based tech giant said it plans to hold a special education-focused event for March 27 at a high school in Chicago. As always, the company didn’t provide any details, but the invite is bit cryptic. “Let’s take a field trip,” and “join us to hear creative new ideas for teachers and students,” the invite reads. That’s not a lot to go by in terms of hints to what Apple has planned. However, the unusual venue suggests, a high school, suggests as to who Apple might be targeting at this event. The upcoming event could highlight hardware and software aimed at high school students who are yet to decide which career field they are going in.
Apple could announce the launch of new iPad models at this event. Last year, the company released cheaper 9.7-inch iPad, which was easier to sell in bulk in schools and more affordable for students. It is possible that Apple will update the line at this event.
There have been rumours of an entry-level 9.7-inch iPad priced around $259, which is even cheaper than the current $329 model. In addition, the official invitation with its hand-drawn Apple logo suggests the company is hinting something related to iPad or Apple Pencil.
Apple is also anticipated to launch on a new entry-level MacBook this year and a cheaper MacBook Air, which are other possibilities for the March 27 event. Reports from Digitimes and reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that Apple is planning to release a successor to MacBook Air which will be priced somewhere between $799 to $899 range.
The 13.3-inch MacBook Air is also rumoured to come with 2560 x 1600 resolution Retina Display. The MacBook Air refresh with its Retina Display, new USB C-ports and a thinner and lighter body along with an affordable price could make it a perfect device for students.
Apart from that, Apple might be planning to release a new iPhone SE model. After all, the company had released the first iPhone SE in March 2016, so a cheaper iPhone model at this event does make sense.
As you can see there are many possibilities but, Apple is tight-lipped at this point. So it is better to wait until March 27 to know when the company finally announces the new products or software.