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Apple's next-generation 4-inch iPhone
2016-03-11 21:18:55

Since the launch of the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in September of 2014, there have been rumors suggesting Apple plans to introduce a new 4-inch device aimed at those who want something both more affordable and smaller in size. Despite rumors, no new device materialized in 2015, but as of 2016, rumors have ramped up and it appears a new 4-inch iPhone will launch in March of 2016 at an event to be held on the 21st.

For several months, rumors about the 4-inch iPhone were all over the place, perhaps as Apple itself worked to solidify a design and internal specs. With parts for the device now in production ahead of the March launch, we're getting a clearer picture of what we can expect from the 4-inch iPhone.

Said to be called the "iPhone 5se" or simply the "iPhone SE," the new device is modeled after the iPhone 5s. The name is meant to denote its position as a second-generation upgraded version of the iPhone 5s. Earlier rumors about the 4-inch iPhone said it could be similar to the iPhone 5c, leading the media to refer to 4-inch device as the "iPhone 6c" over the past year, but that name was later abandoned in favor of iPhone 5se or iPhone SE. iPhone 6c, iPhone 5se, and iPhone SE rumors refer to the same 4-inch device Apple is developing.

Rumors suggest the iPhone 5se will be the close in size and shapeto the iPhone 5s, with the same general dimensions. It will include a display that curves slightly at the edges, but the curve is said to be less dramatic than the curved display on Apple's newest devices.

When taking into account all of the different rumors we've heard, the iPhone 5se may be on par with Apple's larger-screened devices when it comes to performance, but it's not going to share all of the same features as Apple's flagship devices. Internally, the iPhone 5se is likely to have the same A9 processor used in the iPhone 6s, but it may be limited to 1GB RAM and it may only come in 16 and 64GB capacities, with no 128GB option.


The iPhone 5se is rumored to include the 12-megapixel rear camera found in the iPhone 6s. It will include improved autofocusing, support for larger panoramas, and the ability to capture Live Photos. While it can take Live Photos, the iPhone 5se will not be receiving 3D Touch because 3D Touch is a flagship feature in the iPhone 6s.

Like all of Apple's recent iPhones, the iPhone 5se will include an NFC chip and Touch ID to support the company's Apple Pay payment service. It will also include the latest iPhone features like Bluetooth 4.2, fast 802.11ac WiFi, and VoLTE. Rumors suggest it could have a 1,624 mAh battery, which is larger than the battery in the iPhone 5s.


A mockup of what the "iPhone 5se" might look like.

The iPhone 5se will be available in the same colors as the iPhone 5s, offered in Silver, Gold, and Space Gray, along with a possible Rose Gold option. As for pricing, rumors suggest the entry-level device could be priced at $400 to $500.

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