Apple Said to Be Presenting ‘iPhone 5se’ at March Event

Do you recall the rumour that claimed Apple’s next generation would be called the iPhone 5e? Well, if you found that hard to believe, here is another, more colourful one: 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman reports that Apple is upgrading the iPhone 5s, and that it will name the new 4-inch iPhone “5se”, as in “special edition”.

The moniker ‘5se’ also appeared when MIC Gadget claimed to go hands-on with the model yesterday.

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Before you start guessing what the “se” suffix means – is it short for sexy? – here is what Gurman’s sources say about it:

The new device is internally codenamed “N69,” but the launch name will likely be the “iPhone 5se.” 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. Indeed, the upcoming “5se” features a design similar to 2013’s flagship but upgraded internals, software, and hardware features that blend the old design with modern technologies from the past two iPhone upgrades.

Also, the “iPhone 5se” will likely feature the same curved glass as on the iPhone 6/6s, the same 8 MP camera you find in the iPhone 6, support for larger panoramas, NFC, A8 and M8 (iPhone 6), Bluetooth 4.2, VoLTE, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi chips, live photos, and the four colour options we have with the iPhone 6s line. Don’t take it for granted yet, though; this is what the voices have whispered to Gurman.

With the introduction of the “iPhone 5se” the iPhone 5s will officially become a dated device. The 5se, on the other hand, will feature all the essential technological components to support future major iOS updates.

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  • KIII

    This should work well with the size of the iPad pro. iPhone 5s Mark II almost sounded military or even gamer aimed but iPhone 5SE works. Maybe it’s purposed as a 5S with the “E” for enhanced.

  • winnertakesteve

    Given that the 6 is a “barely there” performance tick over the 5s, I don’t know who this appeals to. 4″ phone owners who want to rebuy the same phone with Apple Pay support? I don’t imagine this selling well in Canada for the foreseeable future…

  • Shameer Mulji

    Right now, about 45% of the iPhone user base is using an iPhone 5s or older. Chances are that a good chunk of those users, if not all, still prefer the 4″ form factor. So yes, this iPhone would for them. It’s not designed to bring in new users or Android switchers.

  • Shameer Mulji

    Hit the nail on the head. That’s pretty much exactly what this is.

  • Ashley Mann

    The “se” either stands for “sensationally expensive” or (my favorite pick) “sucker everywhere”. Fun! Go Apple!

  • KIII

    To those that might be tired holding a 6S plus in one hand and a iPad pro in the other.
    Plus it gives Apple pay with the NFC for when Apple pay is PERMITTED TO EXIST IN CANADA. Are we there yet?;)