Rumors Continue About Apple's Expected 4-Inch iPhone
Now the device will reportedly be called an iPhone 5se, not an iPhone 6c, as had been rumored earlier. It will reportedly debut in March or April.The smaller iPhone reportedly coming from Apple in March or April has been the subject of plenty of rumors in the last few months but the latest round of rumors gives the device a different name and possibly rounded edges. Instead of being called an iPhone 6c as reported in December, the smaller device will be called an iPhone 5se, according to recent reports by 9to5mac.com. The iPhone 5se is being "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 article reported. The handset won't be a smaller version of Apple's iPhone 6s (pictured), but is instead being built as an upgrade of the company's iPhone 5s that debuted in the fall of 2013, according to the story. The code name for the new handset is reportedly N69. According to sources, the rumored iPhone 5se will include upgrades in hardware and software as well as curved edges like those on the latest iPhone 6 and 6s devices, while the handset will retain the same 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.2-megapixel front camera systems used on the iPhone 6, the report continued. A near-field communication (NFC) chip will be incorporated to allow the phone to use Apple Pay, and it will also include camera support for larger panoramas and autofocus for video recording. Also included will be faster and more powerful Apple A8 and M8 chips from the iPhone 6 and Bluetooth 4.2, voice over LTE (VoLTE), and 802.11ac WiFi chips from the iPhone 6s, the article reported.
Apple is planning to debut the smaller, more feature-laden phone to attract new buyers to a handset that won't take away sales from its larger flagship phones, while also encouraging iPhone 5 users to upgrade without having to move to one of the company's larger phones if they choose to carry a smaller phone, the story said. "The current 5s will likely be discontinued, per sources, and the '5se' will take its price point."