Cupertino-based tech giant Apple, is reportedly on the verge of launching a new 4-inch device, per 9To5Mac, which also quoted an inside source.
The device according to the report, is codenamed N69 internally, and is expected to be designed on the iPhone 5S, which was released three years ago, and not the iPhone 7 design, which rumour say would come without a headphone jack.
9To5Mac reports that the device will be launched under the name of iPhone 5se and will come with the curved glass display as on the iPhone 6. It is also expected to come with an eight-megapixel rear camera and 1.2 megapixel front camera, which will support larger panoramas and autofocus for video recording.
The new device will also come in the same colours as the iPhone 6S line, and will draw power from the A8 and M8 chips, which was also used in the iPhone 6. It will also support Bluetooth, WiFi and NFC (which is an indication that it will have automatic support for the Apple Pay). The device will also boast of a barometer in order to track elevation in the health app.
The down side for many users will be the absence of no force touch or 3D touch; which might turn off some Apple enthusiasts. The report also added that the current 5s model will likely be discontinued, while the “5se” will take the price point. At the moment, the new phone is being produced overseas and is planned for a March introduction ahead of a late March or early April release by Apple.
Per 9To5Mac sources, the following list of “iPhone 5se” upgrades over the 5s has been made available:
- The chamfered, shiny edges have been replaced with curved glass like on the iPhone 6 and 6s lines
- The same 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.2 megapixel front camera systems from the iPhone 6
- Support for larger panoramas and autofocus for video recording
- Barometer for tracking elevation in the Health app
- An NFC chip for Apple Pay
- The A8 and M8 chips from the iPhone 6
- Bluetooth 4.2, VoLTE, and 802.11ac WiFi chips from the iPhone 6s
- Live Photos from the iPhone 6s
- Same Silver, Space Gray, Gold, & Rose Gold color options as the 6s line
Apple is reportedly using the “5se” as a means of keeping up with the latest technology and support future major iOS upgrades without competing with the design of the newer and larger iPhone 6s line. The company hopes that this could encourage upgrades as time progresses from those currently sticking to an iPhone 5 or earlier versions.
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