Apple Confirms March 21 Event and Offers a Clue About What's in Store

PHOTO: Employees look out while standing next to an Apple Inc. logo displayed at the companys store during the sales launch of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at the IAPM shopping mall in Shanghai, China, on Sept. 25, 2015. Bloomberg via Getty Images
Employees look out while standing next to an Apple Inc. logo displayed at the company's store during the sales launch of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at the IAPM shopping mall in Shanghai, China, on Sept. 25, 2015.

Apple fans can expect a springtime surprise.

Invitations were sent out today for an event to be held at Apple's campus in Cupertino, California, on March 21 at 10 a.m. PT.

Apple was characteristically coy about what to expect but offered one clue, teasing: "Let us loop you in."

Over the past year, Apple has introduced super-sized iPhones, but the company's next release could be getting smaller.

PHOTO: On March 10, 2016, Apple announced an invitation-only event at the Apple campus in Cupertino, Calif. on March 21.Apple
On March 10, 2016, Apple announced an invitation-only event at the Apple campus in Cupertino, Calif. on March 21.

The Apple rumor mill has been in overdrive with predictions that Apple may introduce a new 4-inch device called the iPhone 5se (special edition) to replace the iPhone 5s in its line-up of smartphones.

The rumored new device would be about the same size as an iPhone 5s but would come with some of the newer design and software updates found in Apple's past two releases, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, including a faster processor, photo and video upgrades and Apple Pay capability, according to reports.

It's also expected Apple will introduce a new iPad and possibly new Apple Watch band options (perhaps that's the loop-in clue?) and a number of hardware and software updates.

Let the countdown begin.