The iPhone 5se is rumored to be the name of Apple’s upcoming 4-inch iPhone. It is said to look similar to an iPhone 5s, but with curved cover glass and some upgraded internal specs, including an A9 processor and support for Apple Pay. Rumors suggest the iPhone 5se will be the same size and shape as the iPhone 5s, similar enough that the two phones may be able to share cases and other accessories. It will include a display that curves slightly at the edges, but the curve isn’t as dramatic as the curved display on Apple’s newest devices.
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Sources have provided the following list of “iPhone 5se” upgrades over the 5s:
- The chamfered, shiny edges have been replaced with curved glass like on the iPhone 6 and 6s lines
- The same 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.2 megapixel front camera systems from the iPhone 6
- Support for larger panoramas and autofocus for video recording
- Barometer for tracking elevation in the Health app
- An NFC chip for Apple Pay
- The A8 and M8 chips from the iPhone 6 (update: A9/M9 more likely)
- Bluetooth 4.2, VoLTE, and 802.11ac WiFi chips from the iPhone 6s
- Live Photos from the iPhone 6s
- Same Silver, Space Gray, Gold, & Rose Gold color options as the 6s line
While Live Photos on the 6s leverages 3D Touch, the “5se’s” screen will be identical to that of the 2013 model and not pressure-sensitive. Apple is utilizing the “5se” as a way to keep up with modern technology and support future major iOS upgrades without competing with the design of the newer and larger iPhone 6s line. Apple hopes that this model could spur additional upgrades over time from those currently sticking to an iPhone 5 or earlier. The current 5s will likely be discontinued, per sources, and the “5se” will take its price point. The new device is currently in production overseas and is planned for a March introduction ahead of a late March or early April release.
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In More Detail About Apple iPhone 5se
Rumors have disagreed on the prospective specifications of the 4-inch iPhone, but they agree on a prospective launch date — early 2016. Apple is said to be planning to hold an event March 15, which is where the iPhone 5se is likely to make its debut. Rumors suggest the iPhone 5se will then be available for purchase in Apple retail stores and online on March 18.
Foxconn is said to be leading production of the 4-inch iPhone 5se, but Apple has also tapped Wistron in an effort to diversify its supply chain and ensure adequate launch supplies.
When the iPhone 5se is released, Apple is expected to discontinue the iPhone 5s, its current low-end device. The iPhone 5se will initially be sold alongside the iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus, and 6s Plus, but when the iPhone 7 launches in September, Apple is said to be planning to discontinue the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus for a lineup that includes the iPhone 7, the iPhone 7 Plus, the iPhone 6s, the iPhone 6s Plus, and the iPhone 5se.
For several months, rumors have agreed that the 4-inch iPhone will be similar to the iPhone 5s, adopting its aluminum shell but we’ve only recently learned that two devices may share a similar body design as well. According to design leaks and information from Japanese site Mac Otakara, the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5se are the same size, close enough in design that cases and accessories designed for the iPhone 5s will also fit the iPhone 5se.
The body of the iPhone 5se is said to be similar in size and design to the iPhone 5s, but its display may have slight differences. Rumors suggest the iPhone 5se will have a front glass panel that curves slightly at the edges, similar to the iPhone 6s but not as dramatic. The iPhone 5se may adopt at least one iPhone 6s design element — the location of its power button. One design rendering created from information supplied by a case maker suggests it the power button will be moved from the top of the device to the side of the device.
Rumors about the processor expected to be included in the 4-inch iPhone have been split between the A8 found in the iPhone 6 and the A9 found in the iPhone 6s, but as we get closer to launch, information has solidified around the A9.
The A9 was a huge step up over the A8 used in the iPhone 6, and will offer even greater performance improvements over the A7 in the iPhone 5s. It is 70 percent faster at CPU tasks and 90 percent faster at GPU tasks than the A8, which was already an impressive chip.
The A9 includes a built-in M9 motion coprocessor, which will allow the iPhone 5se to use the always-on “Hey Siri” feature. In A9 devices, “Hey Siri” can be used at any time to activate Siri by voice for hands-free operation. In older iPhones where the motion coprocessor was a separate chip, “Hey Siri” was only available when the iPhone was plugged into power.
The M9 motion coprocessor is also able to measure walking and running pace in addition to steps, distance, and elevation changes. Elevation is measured using a built-in barometer that’s also expected to be included on the iPhone 5se.
There have been a few rumors about the amount of RAM we can expect in the iPhone 5se, and while one rumor suggested it could include 2GB RAM, several other rumors have pointed towards just 1GB of RAM. This is in line with the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 5s.
The iPhone 5se will continue to use an 8-megapixel rear camera instead of the 12-megapixel camera introduced with the iPhone 6s, but it is said to be the same camera that’s in the iPhone 6. With the iPhone 6, Apple added new features to significantly improve picture quality, including faster autofocus and improved image stabilization. As a result, the iPhone 6 is able to capture better photos than the iPhone 5s, especially in low light conditions.
The 8-megapixel camera, if it’s the same as the camera in the iPhone 6, will support high-resolution panoramic photos up to 43-megapixels, 1080p HD video at 60fps, and 240fps slo-mo. According to rumors, the iPhone 5se will also be able to capture Live Photos, a capability currently limited to the iPhone 6s. Photos will be played back using a long press like on older iOS devices, as the iPhone 5se will not include 3D touch.
The iPhone 5se is rumored to include many features found in Apple’s most recent devices, like the newest Bluetooth 4.2 specification, faster 802.11ac WiFi, a barometer for tracking elevation, and VoLTE support. Like the iPhone 5s, it will include Touch ID, but it will also ship with an NFC chip. With built-in NFC, the iPhone 5se will support Apple Pay, Apple’s payment service. It will be capable of making Apple Pay payments both in retail locations and within apps.
To differentiate it from Apple’s flagship iPhone 6s, the iPhone 5se may only come in 16 and 64GB capacities, much like the iPhone 6 that Apple continues to sell as a lower-cost previous-generation device. That will be a step up from the iPhone 5s, which is offered in 16 and 32GB capacities.
The battery in the iPhone 5se may be slightly larger than the battery in the iPhone 5s, measuring in at around 1,624 or 1,642 mAh. Two battery life rumors have transposed those last two numbers, so the correct capacity is unclear. Comparatively, the iPhone 5s has a 1,560 mAh battery. The iPhone 5se may see small gains in battery life, but will likely continue to offer the 10 hours of talk time the iPhone 5s offers.
Rumors out of Asia say the iPhone 5se could sell for $560, but it is not clear if that price applies to the entry-level 16GB model or the higher-capacity 64GB model. Currently, the previous-generation iPhone 6 sells for $549 for the 16GB model, so at a $560 price point, the iPhone 5se would be similar to the cost of the iPhone 6.
The iPhone 5s the iPhone 5se is replacing sells for $450 for the 16GB model, so it’s possible the current pricing rumors may be inaccurate.
Rumors now point towards a 4-inch iPhone that adopts design features from the iPhone 5s and internal features from the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6s, a stark contrast to the earlier rumors that positioned the iPhone 5se as an entry-level device. Current thought suggests the iPhone 5se will use the same A9 processor that’s found in the iPhone 6s, while adopting the camera system of the iPhone 6. It will also include technology found in all of Apple’s latest devices, such as an NFC chip for Apple Pay, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.2. To differentiate it from flagship devices, it will not include 3D Touch.
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