With the rumors about the 4-inch iPhone on the rise again, we might finally be getting an idea of when to expect its launch. According to a report by 9to5Mac, the new iPhone 5se might be coming as early as March or early April of this year.
It will also likely ditch the widely-accepted “6c” naming scheme. The phone, which was supposedly leaked in an image after the original report by the website is likely to have internals somewhere within the lines of the iPhone 6 and 6s.
The leaked specifications indicate a 4″ retina display, an Apple A8 processor (and M8 co-processor) and NFC for Apple Pay, all in a much smaller form factor. The back camera has been improved to an 8-megapixel sensor, with a 1.2 megapixel sensor at the front.
There are likely improvements in connectivity with Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 and VoLTE. The storage is said to start, unfortunately, again at 16 GB, that is clearly acting as a sacrificial lamb right now to get people to the 64 GB version, which replaces the 32 GB secondary model. The phone will come in Space Grey, Silver, Gold plus Rose Gold variants, the same as the current 6s lineup.
It is a possibility that the next-generations of the Watch and the iPad Air might get launched in the same event. Nothing wrong with crossing fingers. Retail will likely happen in September, but for that to go on the launch would have to take place first. Nothing wrong with dreaming big.
The 4-inch iPhone 5 and 5s continue to be popular in several parts of the world, most notably China. In a bid to capture more of that and other markets, it is widely believed that Apple is planning to bring the 4″ model back. That it doesn’t have the latest internals might not matter as much, especially if it is priced lower than the two flagship models, boasting the “7” naming series.