Earlier this year, it had been speculated by 9to5Mac that Apple are preparing their upgraded version of the iPhone FIVE instead of the new iPhone 6 model. As it is getting nearer to the rumoured April drop, we thought we’d excite your minds in preparation for it.
It is said that instead of releasing a smaller version of the iPhone 6s (as requested by many consumers), Apple are instead upgrading the existing iPhone 5s that was originally released in Autumn 2013. This device will not be a preview of the iPhone 7, but will actually retain most of the 5s’s design.
The launch name has been reported to likely be the ‘iPhone 5se’ – an abbreviation of the ‘special edition’ of the model. The supposed upcoming release will feature a design similar to the 2013 iPhone 5s but will have upgraded internals, software and hardware features that combine a blend of modern technology and old design.
Here are some of the rumoured upgrades that the iPhone 5se will see:
- Curved glass (as seen on the iPhone 6 & 6s models) instead of the original hard-lined, shiny edges
- An NFC chip for Apple Pay
- Same Silver, Space Gray, Gold & Rose Gold colour options as seen in the 6s line
- The same 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.2 megapixel front camera systems as the iPhone 6
- Support for larger panoramas and autofocus for video recording
- The A9 and M9 chips from the iPhone 6
- Live Photos from the iPhone 6s
The new device has been reported to be in production overseas and will be introduced by Apple in April. This we shall see! What do you think of these rumours? Would a smaller model be more appealing to you?