Apple readies 4-inch ’iPhone 5se’ for spring release with Apple A8 SoC, curved edges

“Instead of releasing a smaller version of the iPhone 6s in order to appease potential customers seeking an iPhone with a screen smaller than 4.7 or 5.5-inches, Apple is upgrading the existing iPhone 5s that was first released in fall 2013,” Mark Gurman reports for 9to5Mmac. “Also contrary to rumors, the device is not a preview of the iPhone 7 as it will mostly retain the 5s’s design and still include a headphone jack.”

“The new device is internally codenamed ‘N69,’ but the launch name will likely be the ‘iPhone 5se,'” Gurman reports. “The ‘se’ suffix has been described in two ways by Apple employees: as a ‘special edition’ variation of the vintage 4-inch iPhone screen size and as an ‘enhanced’ version of the iPhone 5s.”

“The chamfered, shiny edges have been replaced with curved glass like on the iPhone 6 and 6s lines,” Gurman reports. “An NFC chip for Apple Pay [is included and] the A8 and M8 chips from the iPhone 6.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we just wrote: iPhone 5se? If that’s truly the name: Yuck! Mercedes’ convoluted naming “system” is not something to emulate, Apple.

Regardless of the naming, is that enough in the specs department for you 4-inch iPhone lovers?

In March, we ran the following poll and found:

4-inch iPhone MacDailyNews poll

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Bill” for the heads up.]


    1. I’m betting it’ll immediately replace the iPhone 5s which starts at $450 unlocked, making it a smaller version with same capabilities as the iPhone 6 starting at $549.

      Come Sept/Oct, when the iPhone 7 is released, the 6s drops to the same price that iPhone 6 is now, and the 6 itself will be discontinued rather than bumped down to price level that the 5s is now (and the “5se” will be).

      Strategically, releasing this halfway to the next major iPhone launch makes sense. I’m sure Apple doesn’t care to have a repeat of shortsighted analysts bashing slow sales of a “new” iPhone like they did the 5c when the 5s was announced at the same time.

      Unfortunately this just reinforces the idea that the 4″ is two generations behind.

  1. I don’t want a cheap iPhone, I want a small iPhone.

    I want decent specs, but I don’t play games and rarely stream video, so I can compromise on those. If it’s cheap-ish, that’s a bonus.

  2. 5se? Really?
    Another brain-dead move by Tim Cook, if true. Two year old label at 2016 prices. Why could he not call it 6sc? Or just call it iPhone Classic. Will this stand comparison with Android phones that sell for $400? Not at all. Such moves just tarnish the image of Apple as the company that exploits its brand by selling technically deficient products at high prices.

  3. Mercedes has one of the least convoluted naming systems around. The number represents engine displacement in centiliters and the initials represent the engine and body type (in German).

      1. Take a look at the very article you linked to, specifically this part, “now that the new names basically affect only the vehicles that we currently know as the ML, the GLK, the GL, and the SLK. Under the new plan, crossovers and SUVs will start with “GL” and be followed by a letter that aligns them with the core car models”

        Nothing has really changed here and it’s a tradition that goes back to the very beginning of Mercedes only changing once in reversing the number-initials to initials-number.

  4. What’s in a name? Sometimes the name means a lot. 6+ Mini, would be good, but only if it merits the name. There is a market for it. Just hope Apple does not make it thin, with an anemic battery.

  5. My wife wants a new 4-inch iPhone, she does not like the 5c. So I hope, Apple will release something soon. She would be pleased with the A8, I am sure, but as a male I do hope, it will get the A9 like I have in the 6s.

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