Apple's new 4-inch iPhone will likely ditch the '5' and arrive as the iPhone SE

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
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Apple is widely expected to release a smaller 4-inch iPhone as early as next month. It is believed that the handset, often dubbed the iPhone 5se, will essentially be a clone of the iPhone 5s Apple released in 2013 but with modern (faster) internal hardware.

Sources reportedly familiar with the matter are now telling 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman that Apple has decided to drop the "5" from the handset's name and focus on the special edition moniker, thus calling the device the iPhone SE.

If true, it would be the first iPhone since the original to arrive without a number in its name.

From a marketing standpoint, it actually makes a lot of sense for Apple to ditch the digit with this phone. Launching a "new" iPhone followed by the number five when the latest models carry the "6" suffix implies that it's a technological step backwards (which is technically somewhat true). Those in tech circles would likely know better but the average consumer that doesn't lust over hardware like the rest of us would almost certainly be left scratching their heads.

The new iPhone SE is expected to replace the existing 5s in Apple's lineup and assume the same price point. The handset will probably be powered by Apple's A9 SoC alongside an M9 chip and feature an 8-megapixel rear camera, NFC for Apple Pay, Live Photo capabilities and the company's latest Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and cellular hardware.

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psycros

TS Evangelist
Clearly their must be significant demand for a smaller iPhone with current generation hardware. Can't think of any other reason for this product to exist.
 
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Jamlad

Clearly their must be significant demand for a smaller iPhone with current generation hardware. Can't think of any other reason for this product to exist.
Wanting a phone that fits in your pocket and not a phablet? Who'd have thought there was a market for that except for the fact that the iPhone 6 only has ~40% of the Apple market share in 2015.
 

yukka

TechSpot Paladin
Its all about pocket size for me. I had a Windows HD7 when they came out. Much prefer a smaller phone now - thats why I went from iPhone 5 to 5s last April. Quite happy there is a chance of another phone with improved tech and the same form factor.
 

Technician

TS Addict
Oh really? YOU try finding that thing at 3 am when you REALLY gotta pee!
Might want to look into super beta prostate. Oh, and a lamp on the nightstand or a remote for the ceiling light is a wonder too.
I bet they are still using inferior glass that shatters from a 1 foot drop too.