Wow, talk about a flurry of names for a single product. We’ve heard rumors of the iPhone 5e or the iPhone 6c potentially launching sometime this spring to serve customers who want a 4-inch iPhone. Just yesterday, in fact, a photo of the alleged iPhone 6c surfaced, and it looked a lot like the iPhone 6s… but smaller.
Now 9to5Mac‘s Mark Gurman is sounding off, and he’s putting a lot of these tall tales to rest. Gurman says Apple is indeed building a 4-inch iPhone, which hasn’t exactly been a secret, and that it’s codenamed N69 inside Cupertino’s secret halls. And the name isn’t iPhone 6c or iPhone 5e but, rather, iPhone 5se. Does that mean iPhone 5 second edition? Got me. Seems like that was the iPhone 5s, right?
Gurman adds that Apple’s goal is to create an “enhanced version of the iPhone 5s,” and suggests it will look different than that device. Gurman points to “curved glass” in place of the “chamfered, shiny edges,” the same cameras on the iPhone 6 (8MP/1.2MP), Apple Pay support with NFC, A8 and M8 chips, Live Photos support and silver/rose gold/space gray options. The body, however, isn’t meant to look anything like what Apple plans for the iPhone 7 (concept above.)
Also, don’t get too excited about those Live Photos; Gurman says the phone won’t support 3D Touch, just offering the ability to presumably record and watch them.
Sounds like a compelling device, but price is going to play a huge factor. Gurman said look for the phone sometime in late March or early April.