First Click: New iPhone, Batman vs. Superman, and more in the week ahead

March 21st, 2016

Today’s the day “tiny iPhone” fans. At 10AM PT / 1PM ET Apple’s expected to launch a 4-inch successor to the iPhone 5S with an upgraded processor, better camera, and Touch ID fingerprint sensor and NFC for Apple Pay. If you’re one of the 60 percent of iPhone owners who still haven’t upgraded to one of Apple’s bigger phones, or the 22 percent of Verge readers who consider 4 inches to be the perfect iPhone display size, well, this is your chance. We’re also expecting a smaller iPad Pro, some new watch bands, and more as detailed in our event preview.

We’re also expecting to hear another impassioned speech from Tim Cook on the importance of encryption ahead of tomorrow’s showdown with the FBI. The hearing related to the government’s request for Apple to cripple its security on the San Bernardino iPhone is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, March 22nd at 1PM PT / 4PM ET.

This is also the week of the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), one of the top three US cars shows held each year. Be sure to check out our preview ahead of the live coverage set to begin on Wednesday the 23rd.

The week ends with the Friday theatrical release of the highly anticipated Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Directed by Zack Snyder (300, Man of Steel), the film made its world premiere in New York City on Sunday night and stars Ben Affleck as a nipple-less Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane.

But that and more is all yet to come. First let’s get caught up on the weekend that was.


  1. Apple's iPhone SE announcement: what to expect from today's event

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  2. Old Kindles will be disconnected from the internet unless you update by Tuesday

    That old Kindle sitting in your desk drawer is about to get locked out from the internet. Amazon is warning customers of older Kindle e-readers that they must update by Tuesday, March 22nd, or else...

  3. Microsoft breaks its Windows 10 Mobile upgrade promise

    Microsoft has screwed up its Windows Phone upgrades once again. While the software maker promised that all Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices would be upgraded to Windows 10, it's breaking that promise....

  4. OLED iPhone sparks battle between Samsung, LG, and others

    News out of Korea today is that Apple and Samsung Display have signed a contract for the supply of as many as 60,000 flexible OLED panels per month, according to ET News. This puts Samsung in the...

  5. Apple Pay has a Siri problem

    Too many failed attempts and you'll never open it again — at least not on purpose.

  6. Lessons to learn from my Mexican phone theft nightmare

    My mom and I vacationed in Mexico last week. Our ~girl’s trip~ started pretty great. We laid on the beach, sipped on mineral water with lime (detox!), and vegged. On our third day, though, the trip...

  7. Read the original pitch for classic video game Diablo

    Diablo is now one of Blizzard's biggest games, a gothic world that stands alongside the universes of StarCraft and WarCraft as one of the publisher's three multi-million selling franchises. But...

  8. The internet thinks this $288 million research ship should be called Boaty McBoatface

    The Natural Environment Research Council's newest research vessel is the result of £200 million (about $288 million) of government funding, thousands of tonnes of steel, and years of planning. It...

  9. McLaren driver survives massive crash in final season before F1 adopts partially-closed cockpits

    The Formula One season started today in Australia, and a massive, scary crash on lap 18 provided an instant reminder why the sport will be adopting partially-closed cockpits next year. McLaren...

  10. I might have gotten high on headphones

    Last week I put a strange pair of headphones on. They're designed to stimulate your vagus nerve, which then is supposed to trigger a small boost in dopamine in your brain, subsequently relaxing...

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