Apple’s 4-Inch iPhone to Be Called ‘iPhone 5se’ With Design Modeled After iPhone 5s

Rumors suggesting Apple is working on an updated 4-inch iPhone have been circulating since the launch of the iPhone 6, but information that’s leaked out about the device has varied quite a bit between news sources. While some rumors pointed towards a 4-inch iPhone equivalent in power to the iPhone 6s, others suggested it would be a lower-end device modeled after the iPhone 5s.

New information shared by 9to5Mac and Chinese website MyDrivers [Google Translate] adds to the growing body of evidence pointing towards an iPhone 5s-style device that’s a step down from the iPhone 6s, potentially set to be called the „iPhone 5se“ to denote its position as an upgraded version of the iPhone 5s.

With the iPhone 5se, Apple may be aiming to introduce a device that’s going to deliver up-to-date features to customers who prefer smaller devices while still refraining from competing with its flagship 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhones.

The 4-inch iPhone in development is rumored to look like an iPhone 5s

Recent rumors have suggested the 4-inch iPhone will have a body that’s similar enough to the iPhone 5s that the two devices will be able to share cases and other accessories, but there will be some design differences. The shiny edges that were featured on the iPhone 5s will be replaced with a curved cover glass like the iPhone 6 and 6s.

The iPhone 5se is expected to incorporate the same 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.2-megapixel front camera used in the iPhone 6, along with an improved autofocusing ability, support for larger panoramas, and the ability to capture Live Photos (but no 3D Touch). As has been rumored, it will include an NFC chip to enable Apple Pay, and features like Bluetooth 4.2, VoLTE, and 802.11ac WiFi. It may be available in Silver, Space Gray, Gold, and Rose Gold, or just three of those colors. Rumors are unclear.

According to 9to5Mac, the iPhone 5se will use the same A8 and M8 chips that are in the iPhone 6, while the report from MyDrivers suggests it could come with an A9 chip. Rumors about Apple’s 4-inch iPhone have consistently disagreed on the chip that it will use, split between the A8 and the A9.

MyDrivers supplies additional information on RAM, pricing, and battery life. In a somewhat questionable claim, the site says that Apple is sourcing 1GB and 1.2GB RAM from two suppliers. Previous rumors have said the 4-inch iPhone will include 1GB RAM.

The iPhone 5se may include a 1,624 mAh battery, which would last longer than the battery in the iPhone 5s, and according to MyDrivers, it may only be available in 16 and 64GB capacities at prices that start at 3688 Yuan or $560.

Mass production on the 4-inch screen for iPhone 5se is said to have kicked off this week, and while iPhone 6c/5se rumors have disagreed on many prospective features, all rumors have pointed towards an early 2016 release date. Apple is said to be planning a March event to unveil new products, and it’s possible that could be where Apple is planning to debut its 4-inch iPhone.

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CES 2016: Olloclip Debuts ‘Studio’ Mobile Photo System for Latest iPhones

Olloclip’s line of Studio accessories designed to improve mobile photography on Apple’s iPhones debuted in mid-2015 on Kickstarter, where the project was successfully funded. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Olloclip is ready to show off its completed Studio mobile photography system and has announced a January launch date for the product.

Created to work alongside Olloclip’s line of iPhone lenses, the Studio combines an iPhone 6/6s or 6/6s Plus case with an integrated rail-mounting solution and a selection of mountable accessories.

„When designing the Studio system, we realized the user experience and application needed to be as simple and efficient as our lenses. The end result is the most intuitive and effortless way to grip an iPhone while filming and shooting photos, enabling users to be more immersed in the capture process than ever before,“ said Patrick O’Neill, founder and chief design officer of olloclip. „The new set of accessories and mounts are not only great for taking photos and shooting video, but also for new broadcasting applications like Twitter’s Periscope and social media favorites like Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.“

The main component of the Studio system is the Studio Case, which can be used with the Studio accessories or as a standalone case. It’s Olloclip’s most protective case, designed to protect the iPhone from accidental drops. On the back of the case, there’s an integrated rail mount for attaching accessory pieces, cold-shoe adapters, a finger grip, mounts, and a kickstand.

Finger Grip – Olloclip’s Studio finger grip is deal for improving stability when taking photos or capturing video. It fits over two fingers and lets the user quickly switch between portrait and orientation landscape.

1/4-20 Mounts – The Studio system comes with two standard 1/4-20 mounts, ideal for attaching the iPhone (in the Studio Case) to a tripod, a grip, or a handle. There’s one mount for portrait mode and one mount for landscape mode.

Cold-Shoe Adapters – The two included cold-shoe adapters can be used to attach lightweight accessories like a microphone or a light to the iPhone.

Kickstand – The Kickstand is useful for watching a movie, editing a video, or reading a website.

Olloclip’s Studio for the iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus, and 6s Plus will be available from the Olloclip website in January of 2016. It will retail for $89.99.

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Caseology review: Testing 4 of the nicest iPhone 6s cases available

Caseology is a fairly new smartphone case brand and the company was kind enough to send Cult of Mac four different cases from its iPhone 6s lineup to test out. With the vast majority of Caseology cases on Amazon receiving 4-star and 4 and a half-star reviews, I was eager to see if they lived […]

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This tablet stand solves one of the iPad’s biggest annoyances

If you’ve had an iPad for at least a couple of years now, you’ve probably noticed one of the major ergonomic issues with it: there’s no perfect way to hold it. You can hold your iPad to use it which always feels just slightly awkward, place it on a table which hunches you over and strains […]

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Staples Debuts iPad Pro Pre-Orders With November 25 Launch Date

With Sam’s Club having started taking pre-orders for the iPad Pro on Friday and selling out within hours and MacMall also moving to accept pre-orders ahead of an expected launch next week, Staples is the latest major U.S. retailer to allow customers to begin placing orders for the new device.

Staples is offering all Wi-Fi models of the iPad Pro for pre-order, as well as a number of accessories including the Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard, and both Smart Covers and Silicone Cases in charcoal gray and white. One catch for those looking to order through Staples is that the office supply retailer is quoting a launch of November 25, the day before Thanksgiving. With Apple and other retailers apparently anticipating a launch towards the end of next week, Staples customers wouldn’t be among the first to get their hands on the new device.

Staples is also not offering any discounts on the iPad Pro at this time, selling the 32 GB models for $799 and 128 GB models for $949. The Apple Pencil is priced at $99 and the Smart Keyboard is available for $169, while the Smart Covers are priced at $59 and the Silicone Cases at $79.

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Video Review: Spigen’s Cases for the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus

Spigen is a well-known and well-respected manufacturer of accessories for Apple’s lineup of iPhones and iPads, and in today’s video review, we took a look at the company’s line of iPhone cases for Apple’s newest devices, the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. Spigen has a huge number of cases available, from those that are super thin to those that offer more coverage and better protection from drops and damage.

The thinnest cases we looked at include the Air Skin and the Thin Fit. The Air Skin is the thinnest case Spigen makes, and it’s really just designed to keep the iPhone safe from scratches. It’s not going to offer much protection when dropped, and it’s not very sturdy – ours broke.

Spigen’s Liquid Crystal TPU case is slightly thicker, but it offers a lot more protection than the two thinnest cases. And it’s clear, so it’s a great way to show off the new Rose Gold iPhone. When it comes to thicker, more protective cases that still won’t overwhelm a device, Spigen’s got the Rugged Capsule and the Ultra Hybrid.

There’s also a line of two-piece cases, and our favorite of these was the Neo Hybrid, which we thought had the cleanest look of all the Spigen cases. It offers a good compromise between a streamlined look and protection.

For the maximum amount of protection, Spigen has the Slim Armor and the Tough Armor, Spigen’s thickest, toughest cases. These are much bulkier than the other cases Spigen offers, and we weren’t a fan of the kickstand, which we found tough to deploy.

All of Spigen’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus can be purchased from the Spigen website. Prices range from $14.99 to $34.99.

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Apple Remaining ‘Conservative’ Over Upcoming Sales of iPad Pro

The iPad Pro is less than a month from launch – with an unspecified date for the device sometime in November – but a few rumors out of Apple’s supply chain yesterday are already pointing to the company’s expected sales figures for the 12.9-inch display tablet. According to the supply chain sources (via DigiTimes), Apple has placed „limited orders“ for the iPad Pro for the 2015 holiday season, leading into the first quarter of 2016, pointing towards a „conservative attitude“ regarding the sales of the larger-screened iPad.

Specifically, the sources say the company has placed orders for less than 2.5 million iPad Pro units for the end of 2015. After that, Apple is believed to take a wait-and-see approach to the volume amount for Q1 2016, which could be even lower than 2.5 million if holiday sales this year aren’t impressive enough for the Cupertino-based company. The supply chain sources note that since most businesses are always looking to cut costs, the top-tier pricing of the enterprise-focused iPad Pro, and its accessories, may in fact not hit its target demographic as Apple expects.

The tablet market as a whole has stagnated over the past few years, as more and more users remain unconvinced of a reason to upgrade yearly for such a tertiary device. In July, iPad sales were found to have been in decline for six consecutive quarters, with much hope aimed at the 2015 holiday season’s launch of the new iPad line. With today’s conservative iPad Pro estimates, no iPad Air 3 launching this year, and Apple’s own soft launch of the iPad mini 4, it seems like iPad sales – and the tablet market as a whole – may not rebound as much as expected this holiday.



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Power-cutting cord gives your device battery the perfect amount of juice

We know that keeping our smartphones and tablets plugged in over night, well past the point of a full charge, will deplete precious battery life. But who among us purposely gets up in the middle of the night to unplug? The team at UsBidi assumes very few, which is why its developers believe they have […]

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