With the hype increasing for the next iPhone, rumours point to a new cheap variant of the iPhone being the successor to the current iPhone 5c. Thanks to Mark Gruman from 9to5Mac, Here’s what we know about the next 4-inch iPhone.
First off, it’s said to be called the iPhone 5se with se standing for ‘special edition’ or iPhone 5s ‘Enhanced’.
The iPhone 5s sported a chamfered edge design similar to the iPhone 5 but the new 5se will feature the curved glass design similar to the ones seen on the iPhone 6 and 6s. The good part about this is the fact that the phone will retain the 3.5mm jack that Apple is said to remove from the new iPhone 7’s. Apple will also use the same 8 megapixel rear facing camera and 1.2 megapixel front facing FaceTime camera systems from the iPhone 6 along with support for larger panoramas and autofocus for video recording.
In terms of hardware, the phone will have a 4-inch non-3D touch screen, will most likely use the A9 and M9 chips or could fallback to the A8 and M8 chips, Bluetooth 4.2, Voice Over LTE(VoLTE) and 802.11ac Wifi support similar to the 6s. Apple also seems to have added Live Photos and probably even Retina flash but no 3D touch.
Apple will also include a barometer to integrate with its Health app for tracking elevation in addition to running and walking and Near Field Communication(NFC) chip for Apple Pay support.
The original iPhone 5S was released in the fall of 2013. Apple is expected to mix the design of the iPhone 5s with a few new features and design changes it added over the past two generations of the iPhone.
In terms of pricing, the iPhone 5se is said to take the current price of the iPhone 5s which will be discontinued. The phone is said to come in the same colour variations as the new iPhone 6s.
Apple is said to launch the new iPhone somewhere in March with the phone being shipped around late March, early April schedule. The new iPhone is also currently in production based on sources.