“The rumored 4-inch iPhone would absolutely need to take Live Photos for me to even consider giving it a serious test run,” Zac Hall writes for 9to5Mac. “I’ve taken enough really good Live Photos — full resolution still images with brief motion and sound captured as well — on my iPhone 6s Plus that it’s one feature I wouldn’t trade.”
“Then on Friday we had Mark Gurman’s reporting that Apple was planning Live Photos, an iPhone 6s feature, for the expected 4-inch iPhone 5se (which likely won’t be called 6c),” Hall writes. “Today that reporting was followed up with the possibility that the iPhone 5se could have the same processor and co-processor as the iPhone 6s, albeit with fewer pixels to push with a smaller display.”
“Suddenly the iPhone 5se is sounding less like last year’s hardware recycled and more like a serious 4-inch phone to consider,” Hall writes. “But who is the iPhone 5se for and is it really worth considering if you’re like me and run to the latest and greatest hardware? …The easiest answer to the question over who the iPhone 5se is for is people who prefer smaller displays.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Nope. There’s not enough meh in the universe to express how we feel about this one. The iPhone 5se is simply not for us.
If they’re going to make a 4-inch iPhone, it should be on par (as much as possible) with the flagship iPhones – same processor, same amount of RAM, same storage options, very similar camera capabilities, etc. In other words, a high-margin premium device designed specifically for premium customers who are looking for a world-class 4-inch smartphone. Still:
“In general, the only people who still think they want a 4-inch iPhone are those who do not yet own a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 or 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus.” — MacDailyNews Take, December 5, 2014
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