iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 said to go on sale March 18

4-inch iPhone beside the iPhone 5

Rumor has it that Apple is gearing up to announce a 4-inch iPhone 5se and the iPad Air 3 in March, and the launch date could be in the same month.

According to a report published by 9to5Mac, Apple is on track to start selling its upcoming devices the same week that it announces them, with sales starting on March 18. The event itself is rumored to take place on March 15. At the event, Apple is expected to announce the 4-inch iPhone 5se, the iPad Air 3, and new bands for the Apple Watch.

This time around, Apple is said to be not planning to offer pre-orders for the devices. That’s a particularly different strategy than what Apple has followed in the past. Typically, like with iPhones, the announcement happens a couple of weeks prior to the release date, and pre-orders open before that launch date rolls around. The same has been the case for iPads in the past as well.

The sources say that production for the iPhone 5se began back sometime in January.

As it stands right now, the 4-inch iPhone 5se is said to boast an A9 processor under the hood, and feature a variety of Apple’s most talked-about features, including Touch ID, Apple Pay support, NFC, the ability to take Live Photos, and voice-activated Siri, among other new features. The iPad Air 3, meanwhile, is said to feature a Smart Connector and Apple Pencil support, just like the iPad Pro, and even boast four speakers.

Are you planning on buying an iPhone 5se if it does indeed turn out to be real?

[via 9to5Mac]