New 4-Inch ‘iPhone 5e’ Could Feature A8 Chip, 1GB of RAM, Apple Pay and VoLTE Calling

Chinese website cnBeta [Google Translate] is the latest source to claim Apple will release a new 4-inch iPhone early this year. The blog, citing Foxconn sources, shared many new details about the so-called „iPhone 5e“ that we have broken down for comparison against previous 4-inch iPhone rumors below.

iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, both released in 2013

„iPhone 5e“ vs. „iPhone 6c“

Apple’s next-generation 4-inch iPhone has been given several names, including „iPhone 6c,“ „iPhone 7c“ and „iPhone 5s Mark II,“ but this is the first report where it has been called „iPhone 5e.“

The website claims „iPhone 5e“ will represent an „enhanced“ iPhone 5s and replace the latter in Apple’s smartphone lineup once released. iPhone 5e would be Apple’s new entry-level handset.

A8 Chip with 1GB of RAM

The report says the „iPhone 5e“ will be powered by Apple’s 64-bit A8 chip and 1GB of RAM. Apple devices with an A8 chip: iPhone 6, 6 Plus, iPad mini 4, Apple TV 4, iPad Air 2 and the newest iPod touch.

Japanese website Mac Otakara also said the new 4-inch iPhone will have an A8 chip, without disclosing potential RAM, while Chinese website MyDrivers said the device will have an A9 processor and 2GB of RAM.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also said the 4-inch iPhone will have an A9 chip in a research note to investors, but that appears to be more of a prediction rather than supply chain evidence.

16GB/64GB Storage

The report claims the „iPhone 5e“ will have 16GB base storage, with a 64GB model also available. Chinese website MyDrivers also said the new 4-inch iPhone will have 16GB base storage.

iPhone 5s Camera

„iPhone 5e“ will have the same rear-facing 8-megapixel iSight camera as the iPhone 5s, according to the report. If the „iPhone 5e“ proves to be an „enhanced“ iPhone 5s, then this makes sense.

No other reputable iSight camera rumors have surfaced about the new 4-inch iPhone, but Mac Otakara said the device will have an improved FaceTime HD camera with ƒ/2.2 aperture.

Slightly Thinner and Lighter

The report claims the „iPhone 5e“ will be lighter, implying that it will likely also be thinner. Mac Otakara previously reported the new 4-inch iPhone will resemble a sixth-generation iPod touch.

Mac Otakara now says the new 4-inch iPhone will have dimensions of 122.90 mm ​​x 57.63 mm, which is fractionally thinner than the iPhone 5s. Apple could use 2.5D cover glass like the iPhone 6s.

Apple Pay

Apple will reportedly add NFC and Touch ID to the „iPhone 5e“ to support Apple Pay, which is not available on the iPhone 5s unless paired with an Apple Watch.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also claimed the new 4-inch iPhone will feature Apple Pay to complete Apple’s lineup of NFC-enabled devices.

VoLTE Calling

The report claims the „iPhone 5e“ will support VoLTE calling, allowing for wideband, high-quality phone calls on select carriers in the U.S. and nine other countries.

Rose Gold and Colors

The report corroborates previous rumors claiming the new 4-inch iPhone will be available in Rose Gold and other existing iPhone colors.

Multiple reports claim the device will have an anodized aluminum finish like the iPhone 5s, rather than plastic casing like the budget iPhone 5c.

Pricing and Availability

The report claims the „iPhone 5e“ will launch in February-March, possibly around the Chinese New Year, lining up with multiple other reports claiming the new 4-inch iPhone will launch in early 2016.

Pricing could start at around 3,288 yuan ($500 U.S.).cnBeta accurately reported on the iPhone 6s Plus’s packaging and smaller battery, but also incorrectly claimed the A8 chip would top 2 GHz a few years ago.

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Australians banks accused of freezing out Apple Pay

Australia may recently have said “G’day” to Apple Pay, but when it comes it the country’s overall embrace of Apple’s NFC payment platform, well, let’s just say that a few more shrimps could be tossed on the proverbial barbie. That’s because, despite now being available to Amex customers Down Under, Australia’s Reserve Bank is being pushed […]

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Reminder: Apple’s Extended Return Policy in Effect Until December 25

With the holiday shopping season underway, it is worth a reminder that Apple’s annual extended return policy is now in effect on the Apple Online Store and at Apple Retail Stores in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and other countries.

Most products and accessories purchased between November 1 and December 25 of this year are eligible for return until January 8, 2016, including the new Apple TV, Apple Watch, iPad Pro, iPhones, Macs and more. See a list of ineligible items.

Apple products can be opened and used prior to the return date, but must be returned undamaged with the original packaging and all other items included in the box, such as charging cables, wall chargers, headphones and regulatory information.

When making a purchase at an Apple Retail Store, it is recommended that you ask for printed and emailed copies of your receipt. The printed receipt will indicate the return date for each product, which may vary depending on the product, store or location.

Apple also lists the return cutoff date on emailed receipts and under the Account section on the Apple Online Store. Some products purchased with Personal Pickup may not list a return date, in which case contacting Apple is recommended.

Apple’s holiday policy allows returns until January 8, 2016 (Image: MacRumors/iPhone1)

Apple has not officially posted its holiday return policy online, so we cannot guarantee its availability everywhere, but we can confirm an iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard purchased November 12 in Canada are eligible for return until January 8, 2016.

All purchases made before November 1, 2015 or after December 25, 2015 are subject to Apple’s standard 14-day return policy.

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Apple Launches Magnetic Apple Watch Dock for $79

Following a handful of leaked images yesterday, TechCrunch has confirmed that Apple has launched an official Apple Watch magnetic charging dock today for $79.

German blogger Benjamin Scholtysik managed to get his hands on the official dock from the Apple Store in Berlin, but the accessory does not appear to be on the Apple Online Store or stocked at Apple Retail Stores in the United States yet.

The dock cost €89 in the Berlin Apple Store and allows users to charge the Apple Watch both flat and in Nightstand mode. The accessory also comes with a 2M lightning cable that attaches to the base of the dock to provide charge to the magnetic adapter at its center. Scholtysik posted an unboxing and impressions video of the dock on his YouTube channel (via 9to5Mac), showcasing the packaging of the accessory and detailing the way it transforms from a flat orientation into Nightstand mode.

It remains unclear when the new first-party product will make its way to the Apple Online Store and Apple Retail Stores in the U.S. in other countries. With the holiday shopping season kicking into high gear in just over a week, it makes sense for the company to add the accessory to its retail locations and online options in time for new Apple Watch owners this holiday.

Update: The Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock has appeared on Apple’s website and is available for purchase right now for $79.00, with an estimated shipping date of Friday, November 20 at the fastest speed. Apple retail stores should be getting the new dock on the same day, according to the new page.

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Apple Now Allowing Personal Pickup in Canada and Australia

As of today, Apple has launched an in-store pickup feature in Canada and Australia allowing customers in those countries to order and pay for devices online and pick them up in retail Apple Stores. Personal Pickup has long been available in the United States, but this is the first time it’s expanded to additional countries.

MacRumors reported on the possible expansion of Personal Pickup in early November after receiving word Apple was training retail employees in Australia, France, Canada, the UK, and other countries. While Personal Pickup has currently only expanded to Canada and Australia it may roll out to additional countries in the near future.

Personal Pickup is available for a number of Apple products, from Macs and Apple TVs to the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. When an order is placed for an in-stock item for Personal Pickup, Apple employees get it ready to go and then send an email to a customer whenever it’s ready. Out of stock items are able to be shipped to a store for Personal Pickup.

This week has been big for both Australia and Canada. Along with the availability of Personal Pickup, both Canada and Australia have also gained Apple Pay through a partnership with American Express. Apple Pay is available in Canada as of today and will be available in Australia on Thursday.
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Apple Pay Support Coming to Dominos By Year’s End, Cinnabon Next Year

Apple has confirmed to AP that Apple Pay support is coming to pizza chain Dominos by year’s end, followed by cinnamon roll chain Cinnabon next year. The news comes less than two months after Apple said Starbucks, KFC and Chili’s locations will begin supporting Apple Pay starting next year.

Apple said Tuesday that Cinnabon will add Apple Pay to all its U.S. locations next year, while Domino’s company-owned pizza stores will get it by year’s end. Earlier, Apple said Starbucks will conduct a pilot this year, with a broader rollout next year, while KFC will launch next spring.

Apple Pay is accepted at more than 1 million locations in the U.S., and at over 250,000 more locations in the U.K. The mobile payments service launched in Canada for American Express cardholders earlier today, with participating retailers including Apple, Indigo, McDonald’s, Tim Hortons, Staples and more.

While Cinnabon and Dominos also have Canadian subsidiaries, both chains will support Apple Pay at U.S. locations only at launch.

Apple also confirmed that Apple Pay will launch in Australia on Thursday, November 19, exclusively for American Express customers. Apple Pay will launch in partnership with American Express in Spain, Singapore and Hong Kong next year. Apple has not disclosed plans for other countries.

Apple Pay gained support for Tesco Bank and TSB in the U.K. today, in addition to nearly 100 new participating U.S. issuers.

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Apple TV 4 and iPad Pro Pre-Orders Begin at Select Authorized Resellers in Europe

Just weeks before the Apple TV 4 is expected to be released worldwide, select Apple Authorized Resellers in Europe have begun accepting pre-orders for the new set-top box. The Apple TV 4 is officially slated to launch in late October, but the majority of orders are unlikely to be fulfilled until November.

Electronics retailer Elgiganten, equivalent to Best Buy in the Nordic Region, is accepting Apple TV 4 pre-orders in Denmark and Norway with expected delivery in November. The 32GB and 64GB models are listed for 1,399 and 1,849 Danish kroner and 1,749 and 2,299 Norwegian kroner respectively.

German electronics retailer Cyberport has also listed the Apple TV 4 and iPad Pro for pre-order on its website. The authorized reseller lists the 32GB and 64GB Apple TV 4 for €179 and €239 respectively, which could be indicative of broader European pricing, although prices in other countries will likely vary depending on local taxes.

iPad Pro prices range from €899 to €1,229, compared to between $799 and $1,079 in the United States.

Cyberport advertises that the Apple TV 4 will be available from November 5, and lists the iPad Pro as not yet available. Apple has not provided a specific release date for either product beyond late October for the Apple TV 4 and November for the iPad Pro.

(Thanks, Rasmus and Maxime!)



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