Sketchy rumor claims 4-inch iPhone will be called ‘iPhone 5e’; will come with Apple Pay

iPhone 5e mockup

Apple’s new 4-inch iPhone will be called “Phone 5e,” and it will deliver Apple Pay and new internals, according to a sketchy report out of China. The device is expected to look almost identical to the existing iPhone 5s, while its new name will stand for “enhancement.”

Citing unnamed sources, MyDrivers reports that the iPhone 5e’s biggest selling points will be Apple Pay with NFC compatibility, and VoLTE. It’s is also claimed the iPhone 5e will be available in 16GB and 64GB storage options, with an 8-megapixel camera, A8 processor, and 1GB of RAM.

The sources also say that the iPhone 5e will start at around 3,288 yuan, which is approximately $500 (U.S.). That would make it $150 cheaper than the 16GB iPhone 6s off-contract, but only $50 cheaper than last year’s iPhone 6, which offers a larger, sharper display.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that Apple’s new 4-inch iPhone will essentially be an iPhone 5s with updated internals. It should be noted, however, that we’ve seen no leaks to back up these claims as of yet, and we highly recommend taking them with a pinch of salt for now.

In many ways, it would make a lot of sense for Apple to refresh the iPhone 5s, which still carries one of the best iPhone designs to date; simply swapping out its internal components for more recent ones likely wouldn’t cost a whole lot. But it still seems highly unlikely at this point.

Would you buy an iPhone 5s with better specifications?