Apple is expected to launch a new, smaller iPhone in the next few months, with the new model rumoured to be a special edition of the iPhone 5s named the iPhone 5se, according to 9to5Mac.
Citing unnamed sources, the report on Friday claimed that the iPhone 5se is the expected name for the much-rumoured 4-inch device, which is internally said to be known by the code name N69.
Most of the reported details (including curved sides and support for Apple Pay) were reported last year, but the latest report claims the new iPhone will support Live Photos, giving the new model an advantage over the year-old iPhone 6.
Besides the physical appearance, the new model is expected share many of the same internals as the iPhone 6, including an A8 CPU, an 8 megapixel camera, and NFC to support Apple Pay. It’s also rumoured to come in space gray, silver, gold and rose gold, like Apple’s iPhone 6s.
Furthermore, the iPhone 5se should feature a 4-inch Retina Display pretty much identical to the display found on the iPhone 5s. And in line with previous reports, the display is not expected to have pressure sensitive “3D Touch” support.
Until recently, the rumours have consistently referred to Apple’s anticipated 4-inch device as the iPhone 6s, echoing the name Apple chose for the iPhone 5c. However, those phones used the letter c to refer to the various colours available, only possible due to the use of a plastic case.
Unlike the iPhone 5c, the 4-inch iPhone will feature a metal enclosure, giving a much more premium feel alongside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 series.
Apple is widely expected to hold a special keynote this quarter to unveil new products, with some rumours also suggesting that a second generation Apple Watch will not be shown off at the event – instead, for release later in 2016.
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