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. Most of the people who will go for this phone will likely be perfectly happy with the specs I should think they aren’t going to be at the forefront of tech geeks after all, as long as the price point is ok. This is to populise Apple Pay as much as anything and get a lot of those older phones upgraded in the process. But seriously it worries me if the naming convention is accurate, we really don’t want to be like Dell in any way whatsoever thanks.

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