After hearing about Apple’s 2016 smartphones, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus for months, there comes a small twist in the tale. Just yesterday, we came across some sketchy photos of what appears to be the leaked packaging and pamphlets of the alleged iPhone 6 SE. Now, while we tried to debunk the myth around iPhone 6 SE yesterday, the alleged smartphone has surfaced once again. Someone from China managed go hands-on with the iPhone 6 SE prototype and also put it through paces on Geekbench.
The person has shared a photo on Weibo, revealing some details about Apple’s next smartphone. While the photo itself is a little blurry, it does show the operating system (iOS 10) and model number (iPhone 6 SE). It logged a score of 3,040 in single-core test and 5,210 in multi-core test. According to GSMArena, the iPhone 6s logged a score of 4,427 and 2,542 in single and multi-core tests, respectively.
If we have to go by the scores, the alleged iPhone 6 SE clearly beats the iPhone 6s. However, one could easily inflate the score by jailbreaking the iPhone and overclocking the processor clock speed. Regarding the model number and operating system, it remains a mystery for now. The source also mentioned that the iPhone 6 SE sports the same physical home button as the iPhone 6s, and we’re unlikely to see the rumored capacitive touch button with Force Touch feature on 2016 iPhones. That’s not all; the source did confirm the ‘Plus’ variant to come with a dual-camera setup at the back.ALSO READ: Rumor has it: The Apple iPhone 7 will be a massive upgrade over the iPhone 6s
While these rumors don’t quite add up, we’re left wondering why Apple would confuse people with its devices portfolio – iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 SE. Though there were rumors earlier this year about the possibility of Apple not launching the iPhone 7 and instead launch the iPhone 6 SE because the new phones don’t have any major design changes. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 6 SE packaging leaked, but here’s why it makes no sense
What exactly Apple has in mind is something that we will only come to know when it launches the new iPhones. Although Apple has not started sending out media invites, the event is rumored to take place on September 7. Pre-orders are expected to kick-off starting September 9, and the sale could begin from September 23.
Along with the new iPhones, Apple may also introduce the Apple Watch 2 with slightly better internals and onboard GPS. The MacBook Pro lineup is also rumored to get a massive overhaul, where the function keys are expected to be replaced by an OLED touch panel. Rumors about new iPad Pro with 10.5-inch display have also recently surfaced, but it remains to be seen what all Apple ends up announcing at the event.