Rumors have been swirling regarding a newly-refreshed 4-inch iPhone from Apple, bringing the iPhone 5/5s to new life with upgraded internals and a slightly redesigned frame.
Up until recently, that device has been rumored to be called the “iPhone 5se,” based on it being considered a “special edition,” of the iPhone 5s. Now, though, 9to5Mac is reporting that a change has occurred behind-the-scenes, and Apple is going to drop the “5” from the title of the phone, and just double-down on the special edition, going with “iPhone SE” instead.
According to sources speaking to the publication, Apple’s decision to drop the 5 stems from not wanting to confuse consumers with a brand new iPhone 5, with the iPhone 6 family of devices being replaced with the iPhone 7 later this year. It should simplify the lineup, too, which should help with any confusion towards naming conventions moving forwards.
The report also echoes previous stories that suggest the iPhone SE will essentially replace the iPhone 5s, and even take its price point, despite the upgraded internals.
As far as those features go, rumor has it that it will boast an A9 processor under the hood, along with Apple’s M9 co-processor. It will feature the same design as the iPhone 5s, just with slightly curved edges. It will supposedly feature always-on “Hey, Siri” support, as well as Live Photos support. It will boast NFC support for Apple Pay, and it is said to come in a 16GB and 64GB variants.
A new rumor states that Apple’s March event has been pushed back to March 22, but it’s believed that Apple will at least unveil the new 4-inch iPhone sometime in March.