Rumor: iPhone 5se to incorporate rounded corners, always-on Siri, A8 and M8 processors, Apple Pay, other features
Date: Monday, January 25th, 2016, 08:26
Category: Apple Pay, Hardware, iPhone, Processors, Rumor
When in doubt, continue the iPhone 5 line.
Following up on rumors that Apple will release an “iPhone 5se”, new reports indicate that the handset is essentially an upgraded iPhone 5s with a faster processor, Apple Pay, new camera features, and curved glass edges instead of sharp chamfers.
It’s also been rumored that the handset will have both A8 and M8 chips to function as the core and graphics processors.
As of now, it’s rumored that the iPhone 7 will feature an A10 processor. Apple likely does not want its new 4-inch iPhone to fall two processor generations behind in just six months. Another benefit of the M9 chip from the iPhone 6s is always-on Siri activation. This feature allows a user to say “Hey Siri” and launch Siri on their iPhone without the device being plugged in.
It’s been thought that the iPhone 5se will likely replace the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the iPhone lineup this fall when the iPhone 7 is introduced. This means that Apple’s fall 2016 iPhone lineup will likely be the iPhone 5se, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, and the future iPhone 7 and 7 Plus (or whatever the device name might happen to be).
Finally, the iPhone 5se if rumored to have a higher capacity and will start at 16GB with 32GB and 64GB capacities on other models. The iPhone 5s from 2013 will be discontinued upon the release of the new 5se and we are told that the price points of the 5s will be assumed by the new model. Apple is currently planning to debut the new device during the week of March 14th either via an event or online announcement.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.