Mark Gurman from 9to5Mac has reported some new tidbits he’s hearing about the upcoming ‘iPhone SE’, expected to debut at Apple’s special event on Monday held in Cupertino.
While we have been hearing the design could be a 4-inch version of the iPhone 6s and its curved edges, Gurman’s sources are now saying the ‘iPhone SE’ will look “almost exactly the same” as its predecessor, the iPhone 5s, down to the round volume buttons and back design.
Earlier this month, alleged leaked ‘iPhone SE’ renders from Spigen suggested the same design features as the iPhone 5s.
This translates to a design that is “boxier” and “not curved”, although the front chamfered edges could be “very slightly” curved, to the point where it will be unnoticeable, while also ditching the shiny finish known to be prone to scuffs and scratches.
The reason for keeping the similar form factor is due to the fact the ‘iPhone SE’ will then be able to fit into existing cases owned by iPhone 5s users, making for a seamless upgrade.
The major upgrades will be hardware-based, which is said to include an A9 processor, always-on “Hey Siri” support, Apple Pay (NFC), plus cellular and Wi-Fi upgrades. The rear iSight camera will be identical to the 12MP shooter found on the iPhone 6s, capable of 4K video, plus also possibly support Live Photos.
The new smartphone will reportedly come in 16GB and 64GB options, with Rose Gold, Silver and Space Grey colour options, set at a price point of $450USD to replace the iPhone 5s.
So from what it sounds like, the ‘iPhone SE’ will retain the same design features as the iPhone 5s but pack the hardware punch of the iPhone 6s. Whatever the case may be, we’ll all find out soon enough on Monday at 10am PDT/1pm EDT.