‘iPhone 5se’ To Feature A9/M9 Chip Variants, Coming in Mid-March [Rumour]


Alleged iphone 6c

9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman has followed up with his sources regarding the forthcoming 4-inch iPhone dubbed as the “5se” (aka: “special edition” or the like) and has learned some very interesting things, corroborating earlier reports.

You may have already heard that Apple wants the new device to be Apple Pay compatible, so that assumes it will sport Touch ID and an NFC chip. What Gurman has found is that Apple has been experimenting with two different models: one with the A8 and M8 chips – as previously mentioned – and another with the latest A9 chip and M9 motion co-processor chips found in the iPhone 6s (Gurman’s sources corroborate an earlier Ming-Chi Kuo forecast saying that the 4-inch iPhone will incorporate the same A9 chip that powers the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models).

The surprise is that sources suggest the next-generation 4-inch iPhone will likely incorporate variants of the A9 and M9 chips rather than the older A8 and M8s. Their argument is that Apple doesn’t want its new iPhone’s processor to be two generations behind the upcoming iPhone 7’s A10/M10 chips.

This also means that the iPhone 5se will feature “always-on Siri” and, performance-wise, easily replace the iPhone 6 (the device is just one generation older but doesn’t support always-on Siri activation) and earlier devices.

Another interesting highlight of the report is that the alleged iPhone 5se will be available in two storage options, 16 GB and 64 GB (instead of 32 GB), and will match the iPhone 5s on price.

Apple is said to be announcing the new model during the week of March 14, either via a media event or just online, alongside new Apple Watch models. As for the rumoured iPad 3, there is a possibility of it not being ready for a March launch.


  • Jay

    If these specs turn out to be true I will definitely buy one. I prefer 4-inch. Until malleable displays are available I’ll opt for portability. Now IF they release a Apple Watch with cell service capable I’ll gladly buy the biggest phone they can make.

  • K.

    I though Apple watch wasn’t part of any March annoucement?

  • hub2

    Just release it with a press release. No media event or fanfare, it doesn’t really warrant any, based on current rumours.

  • Mac

    This changes everything!!!

  • Ashley Mann

    Me to. I love my iphone 6s but there are times I would prefer the smaler iphone. If it ends up getting the A8 and M8, I would never consider buying an old chipset.

  • Shameer Mulji

    It does and these specs seem far more logical than A8 / M8. But the iPhone 5se naming needs to go. Personally, they just call it iPhone C (C for compact).

  • Mac

    iPhone 6C

  • Shameer Mulji

    except 6C would imply it’s using the internal from the iPhone 6. If this report is true, it’s using the internal from the iPhone 6S. Dropping the numbering scheme from the 4″ iPhone would be simpler.

  • KIII

    Any chance it might be ready for April 1st?

  • KIII

    iPhone 5s Mark II

  • xxxJDxxx

    Agreed. I miss the size of my 5S sometimes. Trying to use my 6S one handed while walking or otherwise moving around feels dangerous at times. Its always feels like its just on the cusp of slipping out of my grip.

  • Jay Aulik

    I agree, a device that will be with you for most of the day it should be portable. The direction of smartphones should change, they’ve been fundamentally the same since day one. Rather then larger screens, why not focus development elsewhere.