Smartphone screens have gotten bigger over the last few years — so big that the days when you could easily type on a phone with one hand or comfortably fit the device into your skinny jeans are over.
On Monday, Apple is returning to those good old days, at least partially. The tech company is holding an event to introduce a smaller iPhone, as well as a smaller version of its iPad Pro tablet, according people briefed on the devices, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk publicly about the products.
Here’s a rundown of what to expect from the event:
An iPhone with a 4-inch screen. That’s smaller than the iPhone 6S, which has a 4.7-inch screen. The smaller phone will lack 3D Touch, which lets people control some of the software by exerting pressure on the touch screen and which is a signature 6S feature.
A 9.7-inch version of the iPad Pro. The traditional iPad already has a screen measuring 9.7 diagonal inches, but the difference with the new tablet is that it will support the Apple Pencil stylus and Apple Keyboard, which were exclusive to the big-screen 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Some new Apple Watch bands. Consumers should not expect a new version of the Apple Watch at the event, but there should be some new colors and materials for straps that can be worn with the digital timepiece.
Stay tuned here for updates on the event from New York Times writers Brian X. Chen, Farhad Manjoo and Vindu Goel.