Apple may unveil 4-inch ‘iPhone 5se’ in March

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The successor to the iPhone 5c is nearly here.
The successor to the iPhone 5c is nearly here.
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Speculation regarding a new 4-inch iPhone coming out of Cupertino has run rampant the past few months with rumors claiming the device will look like an tiny iPhone 6, but a new report claims the device will actually look more like a special edition iPhone 5s.

Apple plans to upgrade the existing iPhone 5s that launch in the fall 2013, only instead of making the device a preview of the iPhone 7, 9to5Mac claims the device “will mostly retain the 5s’s design and still include a headphone jack.”

“The new device is internally codenamed ‘N69,’ but the launch name will likely be the ‘iPhone 5se.’ The ‘se’ suffix has been described in two ways by Apple employees: as a ‘special edition’ variation of the vintage 4-inch iPhone screen size and as an ‘enhanced’ version of the iPhone 5s.”

The only major design change will come in the form of a new curved glass screen similar to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s that replaces the iPhone 5s’ chamfered edges. The rest of the upgrades will all be internal, adding new tech from the last two iPhone models.

New features coming to the iPhone 5se include an 8MP iSight camera, 1.2MP FaceTime camera, barometer, NFC for Apple Pay, an A8 processor and M8 co-processor, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. The report also claims iPhone 5se will support Live Photos, but it won’t come with a pressure sensitive 3D Touch display.

Color options will be the same as the iPhone 6s line with Rose Gold also being available. Production on units has already begun overseas, with the official unveiling expected to take place in March with the launch coming by early April.

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  • aaloo

    Yes!!!!

  • AllanC

    I just hope there’s one in matte black.

  • jay

    Not sure what to think about that. I would like to see the iPhone 6 the low budget iPhone and have a 5 inch screen instead. Because that’s exactly what is missing. I had them booth 4.7 and now a 5.5. The iPhone 6P is way better but not sure what I would do if I have to buy a newer one and there is a 5 inch screen iPhone

    • Bob

      Young grasshopper, when cell phones first came out they tried to make them the smallest as possible – Please watch Zoolander. Now because of your small D—s you think you need a big phone like in the 80’s a fast car. Apple needs to make a real small iPhone. Apple how is the 17″ Macbook doing?

      • jay

        No, my first phone was the Nokia 3310 back in Europe. My favorite was the Nokia 8210 or so because it was so small. I liked back than small phones but times changed and now I like bigger phone because in the 80’s we did have so many movies or webpages to view

      • Bob

        What are you talking about, today our normal size TV is a 40″+ 4K why in the hell would you want to watch a movie that cost on average 100 Million dollars to make on a 4.7″ Cell Phone that cost on average $236.00 to make?

      • Plus sized screen is great when you have a computer in your pocket. When phones only made calls and played snake, the small screen was fine, but a bigger screen makes them much more useful now.

  • Bob

    I don’t understand, Apple has always been about simple, SMALL and elegant – Why in the Hell are they making a small iPhone for the poo- people who can’t afford a great product. Make the small iPhone better then the old woman tablet “6s Plus” then slowdown and finish the iOS before releasing it to the public – I wouldl buy 1 for everyone in my company!

  • Roxy Balboa

    Did they put out a press release?

    • jay

      No did you?

  • Nope.