Many of the details of the new, smaller iPhone have been revealed.
The phone’s case will mostly be the same as that of the iPhone 5s, according to a report from 9to5mac. And the inside’s will be somewhere between those of the iPhone 6 and the 6s, according to the same report.
Apple hopes that updating the smaller iPhone will spur upgrades from those users who prefer to hang on to the old sizing scheme, which was dropped for the bigger iPhone 6. 9to5mac reports are almost always correct, and the rumour site has predicted the details of a range of recent Apple products.
Some reports last week showed what claimed to be the long-rumoured iPhone 6c. The video showed what appeared to be just a small version of the iPhone 6 — but it was fake, according to the report.
Instead of using the design from the iPhone 6, Apple will put new internals into a updated version of the iPhone 5s design, according to the report. From the outside, it will only differ by using rounded edges like the iPhone 6, rather than the shiny and straight ones on the iPhone 5s.
Inside will be a range of upgrades that bring it into line with the iPhone 6, according to the report. That will include an upgraded camera, a chip to allow it to use Apple Pay and the same processor as the iPhone 6.
The new device is called “N69” within the company, according to 9to5mac. But it’s likely that the phone will be called the “iPhone 5se” when it is released, marking a change from previous rumours that it would be referred to as the iPhone 6c or iPhone 6e.
Since it will mostly use the technologies of the iPhone 5s, 6 and 6s, the phone is unlikely to offer a glimpse at the design of the iPhone 7, which will probably be released around September. The company has been rumoured to be dropping the headphone jack from that phone, for instance, but the iPhone 5se will keep the old standard.
The phone will also come in the same silver, “space gray”, gold and rose gold colours that the iPhone 6s comes in.
The new, small iPhone is scheduled to be introduced at a March event and come out soon after, according to rumours. The company might also show off new Apple Watch accessories at the same time.
In pictures: iPhone 6s goes on sale
In pictures: iPhone 6s goes on sale
Despite the rain, some 40 on-line reservation buyers visit the Apple Store in Omotesando neighborhood as the iPhones new models - iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus go on sale in Tokyo, Japan
Sam Shaikh holds up two bags containing the new iPhone as he is surrounded by store staff after the release and sale start of the new Apple IPhone 6S at the Apple store in Covent Garden, London
Apple fans pose for selfie at the store in Australia, during the launch of the new iPhone 6s
People cheer at the launch of the new iPhone 6s, at the store in Australia
19-years-old David Kiss from Debrecen, Hungary, shows off his new iPhone 6s at the Apple store in Munich, Germany. Kiss camped in front of the shop for almost a week to be the first to get the new smartphone
A customer tries out a rose gold iPhone 6s Plus smartphone at the Apple Store near the West Lake in Hangzhou city, Zhejiang province, China
A member of staff processes a transaction as customer purchase phones during the launch of the Apple iPhone 6s at The Apple Store Opera, in Paris, France
The Apple store in Beijing launches the new iPhone 6s
Veronika Babochkina, 27, from Moscow, Russia, looks at the new iPhone 6s at The Apple Store in Opera, after queuing for few days, in Paris
Jonathan Pierrard, 26, from Rossignol, Belgium is the first customer to leave with the new iPhone 6s at The Apple Store in Opera, after queuing for few days, in Parisr to open new shortcuts - a feature Apple calls 3D Touch. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
When the new phone is released, Apple will probably discontinue the older 5s and sell the new phone for the same price.Reuse content