Apple is widely expected to launch a new 4-inch iPhone dubbed iPhone SE at a media event on March 21st. This is great news as there seem to be quite a few people who have been eagerly waiting for Apple to launch an updated 4-inch iPhone model.
Apple currently sells the 4-inch iPhone 5s, which was first launched in 2013, so it is too old and outdated to be considered as an option by someone looking to buy a new iPhone, unless the budget is a constraint.
iPhone SE or iPhone 5SE Features and Pricing
As we reported over the weekend, here’s the list of improvements and changes we can expect in iPhone SE or iPhone 5SE:
- Design: The 4-inch iPhone SE could feature a design language that is inspired by iPhone 6s/iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s — at least that’s what the leaked images point to. From the front, the 4-inch iPhone SE will look like a smaller iPhone 6 with the curved 2.5D glass at the edges; while the back will look like an amalgamation of the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 6.
- Processor: iPhone SE will most likely be powered by Apple’s faster A9 chip, which means it will include support for Wi-Fi ac, LTE Cat. 6, Apple Pay, edit 4K videos, always-on Hey Siri and support Live Photos.
- Camera: The 4-inch iPhone SE is expected to come with a 12MP iSight camera, which is of the same resolution as the one found on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The inclusion of an A9 chip on the handset means that the iPhone SE is capable of recording 4K videos and taking Live Photos, but whether Apple enables this functionality or not, is still unclear. The FaceTime camera on the front of the phone is expected to have a 5MP resolution.
We expect Apple to price the iPhone SE in the same range as the iPhone 5s, so the 16GB iPhone SE should cost $450, and the 64GB iPhone SE should cost $499 or $550.
What will be the difference between the 4-inch iPhone SE and iPhone 6s/iPhone 6s Plus?
Apple isn’t planning to offer a 4-inch version of the iPhone 6s, instead, it is looking to replace the aging iPhone 5s, so don’t expect to come with all the features that are available on its flagships.
- No 3D Touch: Based on the rumors and leaked part, iPhone SE is unlikely to get 3D Touch, which was one of the major new features of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
- No OIS: iPhone SE is very unlikely to include Optical Image Stabalization for its camera that is available on the iPhone 6s Plus.
- Only up to 64GB Storage Capacity: It will be available only in 16GB and 64GB, so if you’re looking for 128GB storage space then you’re out of luck.
What we still don’t know about the Apple’s new 4-inch iPhone?
- The resolution of the display is not yet known. The iPhone 5s comes with a 1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi. It remains to be seen if iPhone SE will come with a higher resolution Retina HD display, and whether the display will come with the same type of technology advancements as the iPhone 6s such as dual-domain pixels for wide viewing angles.
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