Rumor: Apple’s 2016 iPhone will be dubbed the ‘iPhone 6SE’

“Without a redesigned chassis, this year’s iPhone upgrade won’t earn the ‘iPhone 7’ moniker, a new rumor claims, suggesting that the latest model will instead be known as the ‘iPhone 6SE,'” AppleInsider reports.

“Citing sources in China, reported on Monday that Apple has already produced packages with the ‘iPhone 6SE’ name,” AppleInsider reports. “If the rumor does prove true, the name would be a merging of Apple’s current flagship device, the iPhone 6s, and its entry-level handset, the iPhone SE.”

“Apple typically gives its smartphone a complete redesign every two years, while the in between years are ‘S’ upgrades with mostly internal changes. However, leaked parts and reports strongly suggest this year’s handset will look largely the same as the two previous devices, the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6, breaking the usual cycle,” AppleInsider reports. “With the 2016 model expected to sport largely the same external appearance as the current iPhone 6s, a full-fledged “7” name may not be representative of how Apple intends to pitch the product.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Given Apple’s penchant for shooting themselves in the foot with ill-conceived iPhone naming schemes – basically handicapping every other year’s iPhone with an “S” (which implicitly states right on the box: “Not as big a deal as last year’s or next year’s iPhone”) – anything, even something as abjectly stupid as this, is certainly within the realm of possibility.


  1. Please let this not be true. Unless the packaging is for a chassis redesign of the existing iPhone SE to bring it into the same design language of the larger phones.

        1. I also don’t need the resident trolls (calling others trolls – hah, that’s rich!) like you here telling me or anyone else here what to do in your typically trollish vitriolic manner, in lieu of any real comment. All you’re looking for is a reaction in your loser doofusy troll-varmint way.

  2. I hope that this rumour is wrong. The name sounds too much like the existing SE.

    Up until now it’s been easy for anybody to tell one iPhone from another, but if Apple get into the alphabet soup way of naming products, fewer people will know which is which.

    I would favour a much simpler system where the phone gets the year number with a suffix denoting small, medium or large. Therefore the upcoming iPhones would be known as the iPhone 17 mini, iPhone 17 and iPhone 17 plus.

  3. All this handwringing about a name…

    But each and every one of you who is posting is for damn sure going to go out and get the next iPhone. Despite your unease and cynicism you won’t be able to help yourselves, because the next iteration will be too drool worthy to ignore.

    Remember all the hullabaloo about the iPad name and feminine products? Got over that soon enough didn’t ya?

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