The iPhone 5se will carry the powerful A9 chipset and the M9 co-processor found on the Apple iPhone 6s. While some prototypes of the device are powered by the A8 and M8 chips, Apple does not want the phone to fall two generations behind under the hood. That would happen once the Apple iPhone 7 is launched with the A10 and M10 on board.
Always-on Siri will also be a feature included on the iPhone 5se. Activating Apple's virtual personal assistant by saying "Hey Siri" to an unplugged iPhone was added this year to the Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus. Previously, iPhone users could call out for Siri on units running iOS 8 or higher that were plugged into an outlet.
Apple will offer the new 4-inch model in 16GB and 64GB variants, according to today's report, and will either hold an event or just announce the phone during the week of March 14th. We also expect to see a revised Apple Watch, possibly offering Face Time, to be introduced at the same time.
Once the Apple iPhone 7 is unveiled in the fall, Apple is expected to replace the Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus in its lineup with the iPhone 5se.