Over the weekend we got another look at Apple’s rumored iPhone 5se (previously known as the iPhone 5e or iPhone 6c). Today we’re learning what the new 4-inch phone may be more powerful than originally thought, thanks to another report from 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman, who’s pretty reliable when it comes to leaking Apple news.
According to Gurman, Apple has decided to include its latest A9 and M9 chips in the iPhone 5se. As a result, the smaller phone will offer the same always-on “Hey Siri” voice activation introduced with the iPhone 6s. The device may also come in 16GB and 64GB storage options, unlike the 16/32GB variants for the current iPhone 5s. Earlier reports had suggested the phone would pack Apple’s older A8 processor.
Rumor has it Apple may use the iPhone 5se to replace the aging iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as it introduces the iPhone 7 and phases those devices out, while also dropping the price on this year’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 5se in mid-March with what could be a simple online announcement. Rumor has it the company could also use the opportunity to debut an upgraded Apple Watch and the iPad Air 3. If that’s the case, we’re guessing Cupertino will want to hold a fancy physical event to reveal its latest lineup of devices.