Reports that, for reasons unknown to me, there is actually enough interest in another 4-inch iPhone model for Apple to produce a sequel to the “disappointing” 5c model have been swirling for some time.
However, just today, typically reliable 9to5Mac published this report that states a new 4-inch model—dubbed the iPhone 5se—will be introduced to the public this March. Apple insiders are referring to the 5se designation as either “special edition” or “iPhone 5s enhanced”, as the new model features upgrades to software, hardware, and design.
When introduced, the iPhone 5se will replace the iPhone 5s, and is expected to include the following enhancements:
- 8MP rear and 1.2MP front cameras
- NFC chip for Apple Pay
- A8 & M8 chips
- Live Photos from iPhone 6s
- Curved glass design like the iPhone 6 & 6s lines
Though the iPhone 5se is expected to carry some of the same features as 6s models, the new 3D Touch technology is not anticipated to be included.
It’s strange that the new iPhone model will be given the “5” moniker at all, given that Apple has already moved on to the “s” line of the 6. I’m sure there’s some genius Silicon Valley logic behind the naming of this new 4-inch iPhone that’s over my art school educated head—but, either way, we’ll just have to wait until March to see if this comes to fruition.