Unlike iPhone 6c, Apple is now rumoured to unveil 4-inch iPhone 5se this year
While the tech world was anticipating the iPhone 6c as an inferior version of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6, Apple is now reportedly planning to launch the iPhone 5se as its new 4-inch iPhone. The new iPhone model is rumoured to be unveiled at a special event sometime in March.
Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac has reported, citing some internal sources, that Apple is set to upgrade the existing iPhone 5s with the iPhone 5se. The Cupertino giant had launched the iPhone 5s as its flagship iPhone model in 2013, but it presently available as the most inferior iPhone model. Perhaps, it would soon be replaced by the rumoured iPhone 5se.
Gurman reports that the new iPhone model is internally codenamed “N69”. However, it is said to be officially called the iPhone 5se where the “se” would mean as a “special edition” variant of the iPhone 5s. The letter “e” in the new name is also speculated to suggest some enhancements.
Apple is not likely to give the upcoming iPhone the same body and soul that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 featured in the past. Instead, it is rumoured to have the same iPhone 5s-like 4-inch display with a curved glass panel on top. The company would not provide its 3D Touch technology on the reported iPhone 5se but some hardware tweaks including a built-in NFC chip and barometer sensor are expected to be available. Also, there would an Apple A8 chip along with M8 co-processor.
The presence of the new chipset will enable future firmware upgrades. In addition, the iPhone model is said to have a support for larger panoramas, autofocus technology in video recording and upgraded connectivity support through Bluetooth 4.2, VoLTE and 802.11ac Wi-Fi antennas.
To make the new iPhone model similar to the iPhone 6s, Apple would preload Live Photos functionality as well as offer a Rose Gold color option in addition to its Silver, Gold and Space Grey variants.
The iPhone 5s is already available in the mid-range price segment. But with the arrival of the iPhone 5se, the original iPhone 5s would be discontinued from the market. However, the new iPhone model is nowhere likely to be available for an as affordable price as the iPhone 5s.
History repeating itself
This isn’t the first time when Apple is rumoured to be upgrading its existing model. In fact, the company has a record of upgrading its existing iPhone models with some new tweaks.
Tim Cook-led Apple brought the iPhone 5c as a colorful and cheap version of the iPhone 5 in 2013, along with the iPhone 5s. But that model was discontinued from the market in 2015, following the launch of the iPhone 6. Low demand due to its plastic build was emerged as the prime reason behind its discontinuation.