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.

Related Roundups: iPhone 5se (2016), iPhone 6c
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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.

Related Roundups: Apple Pay, iPhone 6c (2016)
Tags: cnBeta.com, iPhone 5e, VoLTE
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