Apple’s 4-Inch Handset Now the ‘iPhone SE’, Rumoured Specs Revealed
While Apple product rumours are certainly no rarity, the latest bit of speculation on the block seems to be gathering some steam. At some point in March, it’s being said, the Cupertino, Calif. based company will host an event where it will reveal several new products. One such product is the new, 4-inch iPhone which will stand out as an alternative to all of the bigger-screened smartphones available on the market right now, including the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. New information suggests that Apple has now decided upon a name for the device, while an analyst has also revealed some possible specs.
On the name, 9to5Mac reports that the new iPhone will be called the iPhone SE. This is contrary to previous reports that suggested that the device would be called the iPhone 5e, in order to reflect that it is some kind of successor to the iPhone 5S, which was released in 2013. However, the publication’s sources explain that “the dropping of the “5” from the name also simplifies the iPhone lineup”. Moreover, choosing to called the phone the iPhone 5E could confuse customers as not only is Apple currently selling the iPhone 6/6S, but the iPhone 5S is still on sale too, with Apple planning to discount the device following the SE’s release rather than remove it from sale completely.
As for what the iPhone SE will actually offer those who buy it, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has some ideas. As reported by MacRumors, the analyst, who is well known for accurate Apple predictions, says that the device is likely to feature Apple’s A9 chip as well as its mobile payment platform, Apple Pay. These two specs are similar to the iPhone 6S but Kuo also notes that the SE will not get 3D Touch, as the 6S will still need to keep that selling point. Additionally, the device is likely to be available with either 16GB or 64GB of internal storage and will have a 1,642 mAh battery and a 12 megapixel camera on its rear.
Kuo also offered some suggestions about the iPhone SE price as well. The analyst says that in the United States, the device will cost between $400-500 and that this lower price point could help Apple get more iPhone sales in countries like China and India. That said, sales estimates for the iPhone SE are down as although KGI Securities previously expected the handset to sell between 18-20 million units, the suggestion that Apple is choosing to discount the iPhone 5S rather than removing it from sale could have a big impact on the SE’s sales numbers.
That iPhone SE speculation will certainly give fans lots to look forward to at Apple’s upcoming event, but it’s not the only thing that’s said to be on show. Also rumoured are a brand new iPad and a small update to the Apple Watch (including new designs and watch straps), so we’ll keep you posted once we know more.
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