Apple’s rumored iPhone 5e (possibly called the iPhone 6c) may launch as soon as this spring and for as little as $400. A new Fast Company report claims to reveal new details about the device, citing several anonymous insiders.
The site’s sources claim that “chatter from Apple suppliers” about the rumored 4-inch phone has been picking up. That might just be a result of increasing speculation, but all signs seem to be pointing to an iPhone 5e release in the first half of 2016. The device could potentially replace the iPhone 5s, offering similar specs with a few notable upgrades.
The iPhone 5e will reportedly packs the same A9 processor found in the iPhone 6s, along with NFC for Apple Pay. Presumably that means it will also offer a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Other hardware, including the camera, could come from the older iPhone 5s.
One source told Fast Company that the device is mostly meant for foreign countries where Apple hopes a cheaper iPhone will be a hit. One key target could be India, where the company’s struggled to sell its high-end smartphones in bulk compared to the success seen in nearby China.
Based on one recent leak the iPhone 5e could look very similar to the iPhone 6s, just in a smaller package. Then again, we won’t know for sure until Apple actually announces the device.