Who is excited?

Apple confirmed Thursday it will host an event on March 21 2016 ( today) where it is widely expected the tech giant will unveil a smaller iPhone.

The event will take place on Apple's campus in Cupertino, Calif., according to an invite sent to media on Thursday. The event takes place the day before Apple returns to federal court in its battle over an FBI request to unlock an encrypted iPhone used by one of the killers in the San Bernardino, Calif., shootings.

Multiple media reports suggest Apple will introduce an iPhone with a 4-inch touchscreen, smaller than its current iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, which feature screens of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches respectively.

The launch of a new iPhone model comes at a critical time for Apple, as sales of its flagship device are showing signs of a slowdown.

Last quarter, Apple revealed sales of the iPhone were flat, and warned they will trend lower during the current quarter.

Apple is also expected to reveal a smaller version of its iPad Pro tablet. The device would feature a 9.7-inch touchscreen, the same size as Apple's iPad Air.

San Mateo, Calif. — A new, small-screen iPhone and new iPad are reportedly coming March 21, the day before Apple is scheduled to joust with the federal government over its request to crack the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino terrorists.

The long-rumored iPhone with 4-inch screen and faster chip, and a next-generation iPad Pro, headline Apple's first product announcement/extravaganza of the year, according to a report today on news site BuzzFeed, which cited anonymous sources.

New AppleWatch bands and support for Apple Pay, the company's mobile-payment service, are also expected, BuzzFeed said. The event, on a Monday, would take place at Apple's campus in Cupertino, Calif., the report said.

The product launch comes amid an escalating standoff between Apple and the FBI, which has requested the company hack the iPhone of Syed Farook, one of the shooters in the December assault that left 14 dead and 22 wounded.

Apple has objected to the request, on the grounds it is a violation of privacy and could lead to a raft of similar requests on other criminal investigations nationwide. On Friday, Apple filed a motion to dismiss the government's request.

The Justice Department says that its request is very critical in the a matter of national security.


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