Secret Apple event for cheap £399 iPhone taking place on March 31, insiders claim

APPLE is reportedly planning a secret event for the end of March where a new iPhone could be announced.

The tech giant often debuts new gadgets in spring – and this year looks set to be no different.

Apple Spring Event 2020 – when is it?

In 2019, Apple held an event on Tuesday, March 25 where we saw Apple Arcade and the Apple Card unveiled.

And the year before that – on Tuesday, March 27 – Apple held an event to unveil a new iPad.

Now Apple is once again rumoured to be hosting a spring event in 2020.

According to German gadget blog iPhone Ticker, the event will be held on March 31.

That's a Tuesday, which fits in with Apple's launches in previous years.

Apple March 31 event news and rumours – what to expect

As always, Apple is keeping its announcements under tight wraps – but there are leaks aplenty.

The headline announcement is expected to be the iPhone 9.

According to insiders and experts, it will be a cheap phone retailing at just $399/£399.

To keep the cost down, Apple is said to be using the old iPhone 8-style design – rather than the newer iPhone 11 look.

And fancy features like Face ID facial recognition are unlikely to be included.

According to experts, the handset could go on sale as soon as April 3.

Apple is also tipped to be working on a new iPad Pro.

The last iPad Pro update took place nearly two years ago, so fans are keen for an upgrade.

Another rumoured launch is of the Apple AirTags.

These Tile-style trackers are supposed to strap onto your belongings, letting you locate them via a smartphone app.

A very recent rumour suggests Apple is also working on some cheap new wireless earbuds.

These so-called AirPods Lite may not even exist – and even if they do, they could launch much later in the year.

Still, there's hope for cash-strapped music fans.

Another audio gadget reportedly in the pipeline is a pair of premium wireless Apple over-ear headphones.

Apple already flogs fancy over-ears through its Beats brand, but a proper headphone version of the AirPods could be a winner.

Finally, we're expecting updates to Apple's MacBook line.

One of the main new MacBook upgrades is likely to be the introduction of the improved keyboard featured on Apple's new 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Will there be anything else? It's hard to say at this point, but Apple does have a habit of making surprise announcements during launch events.

We won't know the truth until the day, so take all rumours and leaks with a pinch of salt for now.

In other news, Apple may preparing to launch four new iPhone 12 models later this year.

The iPhone 12 could be the thinnest ever thanks to new screen technology.

And the new phone could also see through mist and fog thanks to rumoured 'Spectral Edge' camera integration.

What new gadgets would you like to see Apple announce next month? Let us know in the comments!

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