Apple’s much rumored iPhone 5se may not be called the iPhone 5se after all, with a new report claiming that Apple will drop the 5 from the name.
Previously, Apple’s rumored 4-inch iPhone was dubbed ‘iPhone 6c‘ after another report debunked that name and called it ‘iPhone 5se’. Now, however, it is being said that Apple’s upcoming 4-inch iPhone, set to be announced at an event in March, will simply be called the iPhone SE, reports 9to5Mac.
With the new iPhone SE set to replace the existing iPhone 5s in the iPhone lineup, the assumption that it would keep the 5 moniker was one that always struck us as odd given the fact it would lay claim to hardware and software that would essentially be an amalgamation of both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6/6s. Apple, it seems, has now decided that keeping the iPhone 5 branding around for another year may cause more confusion than is needed for its customers, with the new and updated 4-inch iPhone simply carrying the iPhone SE name.
If all this pans out, then it will be the first iPhone without a variation number since the iPhone 3GS, and even then, you could argue that it was the third-generation iPhone so did in fact have its release number in its name. Apple doesn’t include release numbers in its other hardware except the iPad, and that may be changing soon too if the iPad Air 3 is indeed a smaller iPad Pro.
Whatever it is called, the new 4-inch iPhone is expected to feature an A9 CPU, M9 coprocessor for motion tracking, iPhone 6s-like always-on Siri support, upgraded camera module, upgraded WiFi and Bluetooth spec, NFC for Apple Pay, and will come in 16 and 64GB capacities with Rose Gold color option. It will apparently sport a design similar to that of iPhone 5s instead of iPhone 6/6s. The iPhone SE is set to be unveiled at an unannounced event on March 15th, with the hardware going on sale a matter of days later. This is also the same event where the 9.7-inch iPad Pro/iPad Air 3 is set to get its debut.