Report: Apple event in March: Apple Watch 2, iPhone 6c inbound?

Sources suggest that a March Apple event could bring a refreshed Apple Watch and smaller version of Apple's iPhone.
Written by Kevin Tofel, Contributor

Apple may follow suit with its March 2015 product event with another during the same month in 2016. So say sources speaking to 9to5 Mac's Marc Gurman, who reported the news on Tuesday.

Last March, Apple debuted its Apple Watch with the digital timepiece launching the next month. Apple could refresh the iPhone accessory, putting it on a one-year upgrade cycle; something many have wondered about since the Apple Watch first launched.

If the company does give the Apple Watch an upgraded model, my hope is that it includes a GPS sensor for running, hiking or biking without needing an iPhone along for the ride. Gurman says Apple is also working on sleep tracking and other health sensors that could appear in a refreshed watch.

Also possible to debut is an iPhone 6c handset with 4-inch display. That's certainly not an unprecedented move by Apple, which launched the iPhone 5c in September, 2013.

Gurman's report on the smaller handset isn't the first time we've heard this.

Over the past few weeks a number of supply chain analysts have suggested that Apple will launch a smaller iPhone off-cycle from the traditional models it announces in September.

I've noted that such a launch strategy could make sense by smoothing out iPhone sales throughout the year and even boost the market for Apple's tablets: Someone with a larger phone is less likely to buy a tablet that's only slightly bigger, for example.

Last March, Apple also introduced its 12-inch MacBook which has me wondering if a laptop announcement might be in the cards as well. I wouldn't expect an upgrade to the existing MacBook, but putting the newest Intel chips into the MacBook Air - or eliminating that line entirely by adding another thin MacBook - makes sense to me based on the timing.

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