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Latest rumor has Apple's 4-inch phone named the iPhone 5e; device will launch in March with the A8 inside

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Latest rumor has Apple's 4-inch phone named the iPhone 5e; device will launch in March with the A8 inside
Last month, we passed along a roadmap for the world's largest carrier, China Mobile. The map included a release in April for the rumored 4-inch iPhone that was labeled the iPhone 7c. Other names we've heard for the handset include the iPhone 6c. Out of China today comes a report stating that the actual name of the new 4-inch Apple smartphone will be the iPhone 5e. The e  reportedly stands for "enhanced." The report dovetails with earlier speculation that the phone uses the design of the Apple iPhone 5c, albeit with a metal casing.

Today's report revises some of the specs we have heard previously. Instead of being powered by Apple's current A9 chipset, the iPhone 5e will feature the A8 under the hood, along with 1GB of RAM. The device will support Apple Pay, NFC and VoLTE. It will come with an 8MP rear-camera, and retail for the equivalent of $500 USD.

The Apple iPhone 5e is supposedly being assembled right now at Foxconn facilities, and will be launched in March with 16GB and 64GB versions available. The report adds that Apple is aiming the phone at emerging markets, hoping to spread the use of Apple Pay.


source: MyDrivers (translated) via CultofMac

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posted on 11 Jan 2016, 11:39 3

1. darkkjedii (Posts: 20021; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's right around the corner.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 12:21 18

10. sgodsell (Posts: 3324; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


So this is really an iPod touch 6th gen with NFC, LTE, and Apple pay because of NFC for an extra $300. If anyone buys this device, then they deserve to be fleeced by Apple. This is a joke. You can buy an iPod touch and purchase another smartphone that has better specs for a combined price of $500 or less.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 12:31 12

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 20021; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I don't care what it is, I'm not buying one. Troll elsewhere.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 14:47 1

31. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11849; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I agree bro. sdgodsell does this all the time constantly making provocative comments in Apple articles.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 15:41

32. darkkjedii (Posts: 20021; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Exactly Mx. All I said is, "that's right around the corner" I didn't need the trolling. It's like, get a life man.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 19:51

48. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1198; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Just like what you do on Android articles.
I'm not siding with him, I hate trolls on both sides.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 17:19 1

38. sgodsell (Posts: 3324; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I was just stating some facts. Does it not have the same guts as an iPod touch 6th gen? It certainly does. You think its trolling, yet everything I said was a fact.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 13:44

22. marorun (Posts: 3369; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Well based on Apple overpricing habit this sound like a cheap price lol.

But yeah a moto G 2015 is already better all around for cheaper and thats with a brand if you go chines brand...

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 13:46

24. Wiencon (Posts: 1814; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


I won't buy it if it has 1GB of ram, but at this point I would be more than happy to pay extra bucks for smaller package.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 21:08

49. IOSANDROID (Posts: 86; Member since: 30 Sep 2015)


Even with these rumours I expect that this new compact iphone will have 2gb of ram with a A8 prosscessor and the same 8mp camera as in the iPhone 6, probably (almost for sure) 5mp front camera, improved battery and hopefully the iPhone 5s design :3 that's my prediction, I might be wrong with the ram but I hope I'm not :P

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 14:31 2

30. techperson211 (Posts: 1176; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


@sgodsell, yup basically an ipod touch with sim tray. @darkkjedii he's just telling the truth no need to say troll. I admit it I hate apple for their overpricing and false advertisement (most of the time), still apple will be apple. History will always remember them as the one who revolutionize smart phone and tablet.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 15:43

33. darkkjedii (Posts: 20021; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Bro, his response was completely unnecessary for my comment. As I said, he can troll elsewhere.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 15:55 1

34. tedkord (Posts: 10602; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Don't buy one. It's really that simple. This gives iPhone users more choice, and that can't be a bad thing.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 17:02

37. darkkjedii (Posts: 20021; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Right bro, if someone wants...why should I have an issue with that? It's their money, their choice, their purchase. Not everyone's a techie, chasing top flight specs, some just want a good phone/ecosystem.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 17:42

41. sgodsell (Posts: 3324; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


More choice is always good. However it comes at a ridiculous price. Can you not see that this new phone has basically the same guts as an iPod touch 6t gen. Only the iPod touch is only $200. Where as this phone is $500. So you are getting LTE, NFC, and Apple pay because of the NFC. So you are paying an extra $300 more for the communication parts. So for $500 you could get two devices. Get and iPod touch and have $300 for a great mid range phone with even a higher resolution display. If people buy this device. Then I will stick with what I first stated, they deserve to be fleeced by Apple.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 17:34

39. zeeBomb (Posts: 1839; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Basically an iPhone 5S with an A8 instead for 500. Maybe same camera optics in the 6 too...

Good luck selling, Apple.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 11:46

2. TheBiz (Posts: 231; Member since: 13 Apr 2015)


this might sell a lot in india

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 12:04 6

6. kanagadeepan (Posts: 916; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


If they sell it for 500 INR, instead of 500 USD...

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 11:57 22

3. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


what a absolute ripoff lol if true, selling a 5S for $500 in 2016, smh

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 12:07

8. Wiencon (Posts: 1814; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Have to agree, although it's not very hard to buy 5S much cheaper today

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 12:22

11. nctx77 (Posts: 1760; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


I agree! It should be no more than $400.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 12:42

15. Iodine (Posts: 1308; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


It's going to be heavilly upgraded 5S, which sells for some 450$ too doesn't it ? So a rather reasonable price for such a massive upgrade.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 13:45 7

23. marorun (Posts: 3369; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Heavily upgraded?

i dont see anything in those spec thats quality as heavily anything lol.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 18:44 1

44. ibend (Posts: 3769; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


maybe he consider "apple pay" as heavy upgrade

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 12:01 12

4. sissy246 (Posts: 688; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


WOW how many sheep will run out and buy a $200 phone for $500 just because of that little fruit on the back.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 18:46

45. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2283; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Millions for sure, similar to the bunch that bought a whole lot more iPhone 5c, especially in the UK...

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 12:03 9

5. geordie8t1 (Posts: 38; Member since: 16 Nov 2015)


while you can buy a samsung A9 for less then $500 and it is a much better allround phone albeit bigger, or a microsoft 950XL for $550, or a oneplus2 with 64gb storage and 3gb ram for $389, just shows how guilable people will be to buy apple merchandise lol

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 12:59 1

18. jellmoo (Posts: 1523; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


And if you actually want a 4 inch phone? I'm not saying that this is a good deal (it really isn't), but the options available aren't exactly staggering. Odds are that somebody looking to purchase a 4 inch device isn't the same person that it's in the market for a 5.5 + inch device.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 13:48 4

25. marorun (Posts: 3369; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


lots of nice device in 4.3 to 4.7 inch with very small bezel so about same price but better all around.

So no 500$ is way too much for this.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 16:21 1

35. jellmoo (Posts: 1523; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


I don't suppose you can name them, because I can't think of any that fall into the same size category. There really isn't much available for somebody looking for iPhone 5-esque size (with good performance and build).

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 17:40 1

40. bur60 (Posts: 838; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


Z3 compact and z5 compact have the same dimensions as the iPhone 5 with 4,6 inch screens. Killer specs as well.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 17:51

42. jellmoo (Posts: 1523; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


No they don't. They are a bit taller and a good bit wider. Great choices for sure, and I'm still not advocating this rumoured device, but there really isn't anything in the same size bracket. The audience is probably small, but I do know a few people that think the 4 inch iPhone remains the perfect size.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 12:05 1

7. Wiencon (Posts: 1814; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Oh no another letter
Just give us A9 with 2GB, how hard is that? Why every manufacturer feels the need to cripple smaller phones? And the biggest irony is that back in the day Apple was proud of itself that it released small phones with flagship specs

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 12:15 2

9. oozz009 (Posts: 517; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)


OMG Apple is being so cheap if they really put the A8 with 1GB of Ram inside it, that would be the same specs as the new iPod. That would be really stupid of their part to do something like this!! I truly hope that this new rumour is wrong because these specs are ridiculous. They could at least put 2GB of ram in the phone with the A8, this way it stays acceptable and futerproofes it for a good 2 years.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 12:34 7

13. shady_maniac (Posts: 30; Member since: 02 Jul 2015)


1 gb ram in 2016? epic fail.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 12:45

16. Iodine (Posts: 1308; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


It didn't prevented iPhone 6 from becoming the best selling thing of all time, so it definitely wasn't a fail.

Then, why would you expect an smaller iPhone 6 to have 6S spec ?

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 13:05 8

19. UglyFrank (Posts: 1601; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


1GB ram is a fail when an iPad Air constantly reloads tabs on safari or crashes, also when you miss out on new features which require more ram it is a failure.
From a disgruntled iPad owner who struggles to get through PA articles with multiple photos in them.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 13:06 2

20. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


Because their rumored to charge $500 for thia device? Which should hae 6S specs if at that price

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 13:50 3

26. marorun (Posts: 3369; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Epic fail toward ppl buying them.

As i said before marketing can make you buy anything even crap stuff.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 18:50

46. ibend (Posts: 3769; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


"best selling thing of all time" where did you read that?
even kleneex can beat i6 sell count..

and i6 isnt even "best selling phone of all time"

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 22:28

50. 47AlphaTango (Posts: 284; Member since: 27 Sep 2015)


How can you be sure that it will be a 1GB ram?

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 12:40 1

14. Iodine (Posts: 1308; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Rather excited for a mid-cycle iPhone launch... Still can't quite believe that something is happening.

But a new iPhone is always some good news, would like to know how much exciting upgrades there will be in such a small formfactor, I think it should be thinner than the 5S too, which is great.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 12:48

17. AlikMalix (Posts: 5199; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I think that's the bigger news here. The notion that Apple is having troublesome year on wallstreet maybe doing a bi-annual release is an answer. It will also curb the fact that after Apple releases a device that tops it all - they get leaped in 6months by manufacturers that release one device per week like Samsung with newer tech available after - this will allow Apple to tap into tech available after September release.

But I don't think there's a market for a New 5s spec phone. Don't get me wrong the 2.5 year old device is really good even to today's standards but if you can get a full metal version for cheaper - why buy this rumored device?

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 13:52 4

27. marorun (Posts: 3369; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


There is a space for a 4 inch iphone but not with crappy spec for 500$ thats for sure.

Give it 2 gb ram at least and make it premium built for this price so it fit with the others iphones.

The A8 is more than fast enuf.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 13:56

28. AlikMalix (Posts: 5199; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


That's true.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 06:44

54. lolatfailphones (Posts: 193; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


Clearly you've never been to a 3rd world countrt. In Jamaica people still kill themselves over the iPhone 4s not to even mention the 5 and 5s. Trust me this will sell.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 13:29 1

21. Nexus4Matic (Posts: 37; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


Recycled Apple hardware from 2 years ago. The 5C was a failure, they're trying to make it fail harder

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 13:57

29. AlikMalix (Posts: 5199; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Dude if 5c was a failure? Then what do you call phones that sold less like the galaxy phones from Samsung at that time and HTC and lg and so on?

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 16:31 1

36. Nexus4Matic (Posts: 37; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


I was referring to the 5C being a failure in sales when compared to other iPhones, such as the 5S that was released the same time

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 17:59

43. darkkjedii (Posts: 20021; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


http://www.slashgear.com/samsung-galaxy-s7-photos-surface-or-would-appear-to-11422707/

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 22:29

51. 47AlphaTango (Posts: 284; Member since: 27 Sep 2015)


So if S is for speed. And X is for performance....
What is E for?

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 23:55

52. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2155; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


"Eject."

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 04:05

53. almostdone (Posts: 231; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Epic fail

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 22:40

55. 47AlphaTango (Posts: 284; Member since: 27 Sep 2015)


It should be one word. Not two.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 20:00

56. EphemeralVapor (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Oct 2015)


Hopefully it will be the 2gig ram variant of the A8 like in the iPad mini 4 and new Apple Tv or better the A9.

Even then more than $400 for an A8, $450 A8 2gig or $500 for an A9 and Apple will still be in a sales slide- too much good competition now at a lower price.

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