Updated 05:42 PM EDT, Fri, Jun 05, 2020

Apple to Release New Second-Gen iWatch & a 4-Inch iPhone 6C?: Specs, Features & Details [Rumors]

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Apple is reportedly planning to release new versions of the iWatch and iPhone 6 in an event scheduled in March next year.

Reporting with sources privy to Apple's plans, 9to5Mac claimed that a second-generation iWatch will be unveiled in March 2016 with shipments to be carried out in April, almost a year after the original model first went on sale. The upcoming event will also showcase a new iPhone 6C with a 4-inch display.

According to 9to5Mac, the iPhone 6C would allow the tech giant to continue using smaller 4-inch displays in mobile devices, a feat that was first introduced with the iPhone 5 in 2012 and is still seen in the iPhone 5S and sixth-generation iPod touch. Some Apple users prefer the smaller size instead of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus' 5.5-inch displays, given that the devices are easier to hold in one hand.

The iPhone 6C's technical specifications will be between the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6S, with rumors claiming that the handset may retain earlier iPhone camera features while also utilizing Apple's new A9 chip, the news outlet added.

Apple is reportedly working on a new camera, wireless, sleep tracking, and health sensor technologies for the iWatch, 9to5Mac further reported. But it's unconfirmed yet whether these features will be present in the second-gen iWatch to be unveiled in March. The last updates of the wearable device came in September, displaying new colors, bands, and software features.

If next year's March event turns out to be true, it would mark the second March event in a row for the firm, 9to5Mac noted. It will also serve as a shift from Apple's major events commonly scheduled in the second half of each calendar year.

In March 2014, the company announced the 12-inch MacBook, the ResearchKit iPhone framework, and finalized the first version of the iWatch, the news outlet wrote. Apple's March event in 2012 saw the announcement of the first iPad equipped with a Retina display.

Apple's New Smart Battery Case Gets Mixed Reception

Apple's recently released Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 6 and 6S got mixed reviews from customers.

The device, which is intended to extend the smartphones' short battery life to between 18 and 25 hours, came with a bumpy design and a hefty $99 price tag, CNBC wrote. The product also supports the iPhone's signature Lightning connection cables and displays the mobile device's battery status on the lock screen.

Some criticisms hurled at the Smart Battery Case are directed at its design, CNBC added. Users also complained that not all headphones are compatible with the case.

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