Apple plans launch of 'iPhone 5SE'

Apple reportedly working on new smartphone combining iPhone 5S, 6 and 6S features
IPhone SE be a cross between the 5S, 6 and 6S.
IPhone SE be a cross between the 5S, 6 and 6S.

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By Aasha Bodhani, ITP.net

According to reliable Apple rumours blog 9to5Mac, Apple is to release the iPhone 5SE in March or April this year.

Despite rumours of a 4-inch iPhone 6C surfacing, 9to5Mac blogger Mark Gurman revealed the theories as fake and instead said Apple is releasing a newer iPhone which is a smaller edition of the iPhone 6S and an upgraded version of the existing 5S.

Gurman revealed the new device is internally codenamed as ‘N69', but the launch name will most likely be iPhone 5SE. The ‘SE' postfix has been described as a ‘special edition' variation of the vintage 4-inch iPhone screen size, but also as an ‘enhanced' version of the iPhone 5S yet still retaining some of the original 5S design.

The upgraded internal, software and hardware features combine the old design with modern technologies from the past two iPhone upgrades. Gurman reveals the iPhone 5SE will include the same features as the iPhone 6, such as the A8 and M8 chips and the same 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.2 megapixel front camera systems.

The device will also be upgraded with iPhone 6S features, including live photos, Bluetooth 4.2, VoLTE, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi chips, and curved glass edges. The iPhone will also be available in colours silver, space grey, gold and rose gold.

Furthermore, Gurman said the device will support larger panoramas and autofocus for video recording, a barometer for tracking elevation in the health app and it will be embedded with a NFC chip for Apple Pay.

The blog site reveals Apple's motive behind the upgrade is to keep up with modern technology and support future iOS upgrades without competing with the design of the newer iPhone models. The current 5S will likely be discontinued, said 9to5Mac, and the 5SE will take its price point.

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