Apple is expected to unveil the 4-inch iPhone 5se in March, and the rumors are coming in thick and fast. The latest set of rumors shed some light on the upcoming iPhones’ processors and storage options. Also Read - New iPhone SE to be the most affordable 5G phone from Apple, to launch in 2022Also Read - iPhone 13 launch date and more details tipped as part of new leaks
Earlier reports claimed that the iPhone 5se will be powered by an A8 processor accompanied by a M8 coprocessor. But 9To5Mac’s Mark Gurman says that Apple is “more likely” to opt for a combination of A9 processor and M9 coprocessor instead. Gurman says that this year’s iPhone 7 will be powered by An A10 processor, and doesn’t want the iPhone 5se to be a couple of generation behind on launch. Also Read - iPhone 12 Mini reaches end of production already, say rumours
Apart from a boost in performance, the M9 coprocessor will also let iPhone 5se users take advantage of the always-on ‘Hey Siri’ function. Gurman also says that Apple plans on replacing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with the iPhone 5se. So this year’s lineup will include the iPhone 5se, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and the upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. As for storage, Apple would launch the iPhone 5se in 16GB and 64GB variants, just like the current iPhones.
From what we have come across so far, the upcoming iPhone 5se will look like the iPhone 5s, but it will borrow some elements from the iPhone 6s like the 2.5D curved glass. It will also come with upgraded hardware like an 8-megapixel rear camera, an improved 1.2-megapixel FaceTime camera, Live Photos support, and connectivity options like VoLTE and NFC support for Apple Pay.
As mentioned above, Apple is planning on launching the iPhone 5se in March. Analysts believe that the company could also launch the next-generation Apple Watch and the iPad Air 3 in the first half of this year.