Rumors are suggesting that Apple’s supposed 4-inch iPhone will be based off a lower-end iPhone 5s and be dubbed the “iPhone 5se.”
Many rumors have been circulating the web claiming that Apple will be launching a new smaller 4-inch device sometime in the first half of this year. Many believed it would be called the ‘iPhone 6c’ just like the iPhone 5c. At one point roughly two weeks ago, a different rumor suggested that it would be called the “iPhone 5e” and would have curved edges as well as have Apple Pay support. However, a new report from 9to5mac is saying that the 4-inch device will actually be a special-edition iteration of the iPhone 5s dubbed the ‘iPhone 5se.’ The device will be touting the internal codename of ‘N69.’
One of the new features, according to the report, is that the iPhone 5se will have the Live Photos feature, something the iPhone 6/6 Plus does not have. This feature alone would put the device at an advantage over the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Aside from the aforementioned feautres, the 4-inch device is expected to have many features similar to the iPhone 6 including an 8-megapixel camera, an A8 processor, and an NFC chip for Apple Pay support. Color options include rose gold, silver, gold, and space gray just like the iPhone 6/6 Plus and iPhone 6s/6s Plus. The iPhone 5se won’t however have 3D Touch input due to the cost and size of the hardware required.
Previous reports also noted that the new 4-inch device won’t have a plastic backing and instead be in line with the current iPhone 6s and sport a metal enclosure. If this is the case, the device will look and feel more premium. It has also been rumored that Apple will be holding a keynote presentation early this year to announce new products and specifically, the iPhone 5se. We’ll have to wait and see.