KGI Speculates The iPhone ‘SE’ To Feature A9 And Cost $400
There have been quite a handful of rumors whirling around the much anticipated 4-inch iPhone. While some of them reflects a refreshed iPhone 5/5s with upgraded internals, others stick to keeping iPhone 6s-like form factor. Moreover, the name of the 4-inch iPhone have also been quite a highlight amongst ample rumors. Gawking at a little history, the smaller iPhone corresponds to the names including, the iPhone 6c and iPhone 5e, while the most recent is the 'iPhone 5SE' based on it being a ''special edition'' of the iPhone 5s.
Apple To Ditch The '5' In iPhone 5SE; To Feature A9 And 12MP Rear Camera
Now, according to reports from 9to5mac, the name iPhone 5SE has been changed, and it SEems that Apple is looking to ditch the ''5'' from the title. This suggests that the rumored 4-inch iPhone is to be called the ''iPhone SE''. There's a legit reason why the company could have dropped the ''5'' from the title. According to the publication, the company does not want the consumer to get confused with the iPhone 5, with the iPhone 6 lineup since it's being replaced by the iPhone 7 later this year.
Moreover, since the name does not have a numbered digit in it, it would potentially exclude itself from the yearly iPhone update cycle. Moreover, the source believes that the iPhone SE would simplify the iPhone cycle. Recent rumors about the 4-inch iPhone suggests that the device would be identical to the iPhone 5s, however the display is said to feature a slightly curved glass like the iPhone 6 and newer.
Moreover, Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities issued a research note to investors in which the forthcoming iPhone SE is said to come with a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera instead of an 8-megapixel sensor which was rumored previously. As for the specs, the device is said to boast A9 and M9 chips along with NFC for Apple Pay. However, 3D Touch would remain exclusive to the iPhone 6s and its bigger variant. Nonetheless, support for Live Photos is also rumored with a battery capacity of 1,642 mAh.
Kuo believes that Apple's smaller iPhone would be priced between $400 to $500. This would ultimately allow the company to cater mid-range competition in the emerging markets. The device is expected to be announced at a rumored March 15 media event alongside the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and the Apple Watch with minor upgrades.
This is it for now, folks. Do you still use a 4-inch smartphone? Would you be willing to give the iPhone SE a try once its here? Share your thoughts in the comments.