What To Expect at Apple’s ‘Loop You In’ Media Event

Apple's "Let us loop you in" media event on Monday isn't expected to feature any big surprises, according to most observers. Instead, it's likely to provide Apple fans with a first look at several long-anticipated product updates: a 4-inch iPhone, a new iPad model and some new features for the Apple Watch.

And -- although the event in Cupertino, California, takes place just one day before a major court hearing for Apple -- we're not likely to hear anything about the company's response to an iPhone decryption order being sought by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The FBI wants Apple to write special code so that it can access the contents of the iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of two gunmen responsible for the San Bernardino, Calif. shootings. Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 people and injured numerous others at a holiday party attended by Farook's co-workers on December 2.

Of course, there's always the possibility that Apple CEO Tim Cook (pictured above) could reveal something surprising when he starts speaking at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. As usual, the company is offering few hints beyond its event headline of "Let us loop you in." A spokesperson told us, "We have no other details to share."

Maybe a Stripped-Down iPhone

One new device expected to emerge on Monday is the iPhone SE, which will likely feature a 4-inch screen that's a bit of a throwback for a company whose newest iPhone models -- the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus -- are more phablets than phones, with their respective 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens.

Ramon Llamas, research manager for wearables and mobile phones at the analyst firm IDC, told us he refers to this newest iPhone as a "GE" (good enough) model rather than a "SE" (special edition) model.

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