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iPhone SE packaging pictured in the wild

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iPhone SE packaging pictured in the wild

By now, we've heard so many rumors from so many different sources about a “mini” iPhone, that it's hard to imagine that it may not exist. So far, reports are saying it'll have a 4-inch display — just like the iPhone 5 and 5s used to have — a TouchID fingerprint scanner, an Apple A9 chip, an 8 MP camera, and probably just 1 GB of RAM. Its name was rumored to be iPhone 5SE (special edition, maybe?), but in later reports, the “5” was dropped, so we now just call the device “iPhone SE”.

A real-life photo of what is allegedly the iPhone SE's box has popped up on Chinese social media website Weibo, giving us a few tidbits about the upcoming compact handset. Firstly, the name is reaffirmed, as can be seen on the top-left. Reading through the rest of the text, we see that the device will be packed with Apple EarPods headphones, unlike how iPads come sans this accessory (ahem, Apple) and we can see that it will also have an NFC chip inside it. This means that the handset will probably support Apple Pay – Cupertino's mobile payment system. Since some believe that the iPhone SE will be cheaper than its bigger siblings, corner-cutting is assumed, but we're pretty sure it's against Apple's interest to release a smartphone that doesn't support a major feature in the company's ecosystem.

Of course, it could turn out that the box is from a knock-off smartphone, or just a prank, so don't take this leak as a 100% truth just yet. Apple is about to hold an event on the 21st of March and we expect to see the mini smartphone unveiled there, alongside an iPad Air 3 (or iPad Pro Mini, as some call it), so hold tight, the wait is almost over!

Source: Weibo via iMore

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posted on 17 Mar 2016, 10:45 12

2. Beto_Lopez (Posts: 43; Member since: 14 Apr 2015)


16GB without external storage............

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 10:45 6

3. Arschsalat (banned) (Posts: 158; Member since: 29 Feb 2016)


and 4k Video xD

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 15:22

23. darkkjedii (Posts: 20058; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


When had an iPhone ever had external storage? That was kinda dumb.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 20:07 1

27. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1205; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I really don't know why Apple don't want to bump the base models to 32GB though.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 10:46 14

4. Theourgia (Posts: 9; Member since: 23 Feb 2015)


Damn Apple, back at it again with that 16GB bullcrap.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 11:14 7

9. submar (Posts: 408; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


So ifans will pay more on 32 or 64GB and Apple will milk more money.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 11:49 1

13. Theourgia (Posts: 9; Member since: 23 Feb 2015)


16GB would make sense if their devices were expandable. Alas, they are not.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 10:53 2

5. hafini_27 (Posts: 877; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


I am really curious on the need for a 4 inch smartphone. IMO, 4.5 is the sweet spot.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 11:08 2

8. nctx77 (Posts: 1767; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


They have that covered with the iPhone 4.7. It's called choice.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 10:54 14

6. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


16 GB should have been dead in 2014.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 11:25 1

11. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1373; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Cheap unlimited mobile contracts + Fast LTE + Cloud storage = 16gb is more than enough for many basic users.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 12:08 3

15. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


5 GB cloud storage = LMAO. I got 100 GB with my S6 and it's still slow compared to native storage.

Even if you have unlimited data, cloud is like a class 2 microSD card. Since the server is the bottleneck most of the time. I have got a 500 Mbps fiber ethernet. And cloud is still slow.

Besides, not every country has unlimited cheap LTE. Here you can't even get a 10 GB LTE data plan. Unlimited plans seem like a pipe dream.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 01:42 2

29. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1498; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Exactly! Unlimited Plans ain't happening here. Besides that, only Nextbit Robin has the option to upload apps to the cloud. Even then, you kinda have to waiting for a second for that app to download.

Music and Videos could be uploaded but you'd probably ruin your data plan.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 11:00

7. SIGPRO (Posts: 1385; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Wow oh my god.....i am so happy so thrilled to see a box.......PA epic fail...EPIC FAIL i say!

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 11:14 4

10. Anonn (Posts: 230; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


iPhaggot. The biggest joke in the industry

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 11:32 1

12. Sondae (Posts: 277; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)


16gb lol! it should be 32gb to 64gb.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 12:07 2

14. acruzlu (Posts: 46; Member since: 12 Aug 2015)


Does anyone know what the se stands for? Personally I believe it stands for same experience because that is what you get with iPhone, the same experience of mediocrity and disappointment.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 12:41 1

17. Wiencon (Posts: 1817; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


I really doubt iPhones would achieve such great sales if they were disappointing. They are disappointing for you guys because you expect every phone to run Android

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 16:08 1

25. Astonvan (Posts: 237; Member since: 14 Aug 2015)


SE can also be "Super Expensive"

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 12:40

16. Wiencon (Posts: 1817; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Everyone's having a butthurt about those 16GB but there are many people who don't use more, you want more buy 64gb there is choice
What upsets me most is that 1gb of ram rumor. We all know that famous Newton's equation: RAM < 2gb No buy

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 13:00

18. GreenZone (Posts: 146; Member since: 04 Mar 2014)


Yep, 16gb iphone is more than enough for me, I dont even care about the ram either.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 14:17 1

22. natypes (Posts: 1081; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


As long as it has that fruit on it so people know you're "in" huh?

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 22:04

28. catze86 (Posts: 692; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Apple hurt their pride, because no 16 gb on Samsung flagship last year. they consider Apple insult them with 16 gb model in 6S.
And today is 2016.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 13:23 2

19. sissy246 (Posts: 697; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


What's sad is the isheep will run out and buy this phone for $500 when there are so many other better phones for less just because it has fruit on it.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 13:48 2

20. shield (Posts: 223; Member since: 12 Sep 2015)


16GB in y.2016 lol and 4K video and 16GB stupid apple and sheep apple fan boy's

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 14:16

21. natypes (Posts: 1081; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


How cute. Is it going to be available in only cute colors again? The feminism of America.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 15:22

24. darkkjedii (Posts: 20058; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Monday will be here soon.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 19:05

26. Anonn (Posts: 230; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


Even PA was too embarrassed to write (16 GB) in the title of the article!! Not Gsmarena and others tho!

posted on 19 Mar 2016, 22:47

30. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2344; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


No surprise, just CrappIe being the same old CrappIe looking to separate as much fools as they can from their cash...why stop when you have tech enthusiasts that still bend over for such restricted and limited garbage selling at a premium.

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