Rumor: 4-Inch iPhone 5se Features A9/M9 Chips, Always-On Hey Siri, 16/64GB Storage Options

Information making it into the public domain over the weekend raised excitement levels in the world of iOS by pretty much confirming that Apple will introduce a new smartphone this coming March, dubbed the ‘iPhone 5se‘. Now, a few additional details have surfaced about the device which give us a more clear idea of what we can expect from the newcomer when it’s officially announced.

This recent news seems to further strengthen the recent surge in speculation that the 4-inch smartphone will be called the iPhone 5se. We’ve also seen unverified sources taking a jab at the technical specifications of the phone as well, and now 9to5Mac is pointing out that the phone will carry some premium internal hardware.


A lot of the attention and focus on the iPhone 5se has been placed on the processor that it will ship with when it officially goes live. The latest reports so far suggest that the roadmap isn’t exactly black and white in that respect. Apple is said to be testing multiple prototypes of the new 4-inch device, some which are powered by the company’s A8/M8 combination, and others powered by the A9/M9 combo that currently powers the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. It looks as though Apple will be banking on the A9 processor and M9 Motion coprocessor as it affords users with the “Hey Siri” always on functionality.

Aside from the fact that the A9 offers unparalleled level of functionality and power, there’s also a strategic element to the decision on Apple’s part. The iPhone 7 is likely going to feature a brand new A10 processor, and the Cupertino-based company doesn’t want the new iPhone 5se to be two generations behind on the CPU front with an A8 chip.


Those interested in purchasing the new 4-inch device can also expect to benefit from a capacity increase over the iPhone 5s. Today’s information has revealed that Apple is planning on introducing just two storage options: 16GB and 64GB with Apple continuing to skip the 32GB option altogether.

It seems that the iPhone 5se will be a lot more functional and powerful than what the early reports suggested. Rather than being billed as a “budget” device akin to the iPhone 5c, it looks as though it will actually be a very capable smartphone that could essentially take the place of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in Apple’s iPhone lineup this year as far as users are concerned, but apparently it will be officially replacing the iPhone 5s and assuming its price point.

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