Apple iPhone SE final rumors: boxy, iPhone 5s design, but Apple A9 and new 12MP camera with 4K video

On Monday, Apple is expected to unveil a brand new iPhone that will be a modernized version of the iPhone 5s, and thanks to 9to5Mac, we now have the allegedly final details about this special edition iPhone, the iPhone SE.

After various leaks and rumors that contradicted themselves, the latest talk on the street is that the iPhone SE will feature a design that will be extremely similar to the iPhone 5s. Yes, we're talking about the same 4" screen as well, and that would make the new iPhone quite the rarity in a mobile world, where we're hard pressed to find phones smaller than 4.7".

While earlier rumors claimed a possible iPhone 6 influence to carry over to the iPhone SE, those rumors have now been squashed in favor of expectations of a heavily iPhone 5s-inspired design with boxy body that is not curved, the old rounded volume buttons, the power/lock key on the top, and a metal back with glass on the top and bottom.

This outwards similarity to the iPhone 5s, however, won't translate to equality in hardware. Quite the opposite: the iPhone SE is expected to feature the latest Apple A9 chip found in the iPhone 6s with an M9 co-processor for always-on Siri, an NFC chip that will enable Apple Pay, as well as the 12-megapixel camera from the 6s with support for 4K video recording. It's also possible (but not confirmed) that Live Photos will also be on board.

The new iPhone SE will come in 16GB and 64GB versions, another improvement from the iPhone 5s which came in 16GB and 32GB versions.

The new iPhone SE will replace the iPhone 5s in the Apple lineup and will arrive at the same starting price of $450. Given the mighty hardware it supports, that seems like a great deal, don't you think?

source: 9to5Mac

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iPhone SE
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1624 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

iPhone 5S inspired? Hopefully, because that thing is BEAUTIFUL. iPhone 6/6S design is fugly, I can't even imagine it in a small 4" screened body.

3. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Beautiful too. Though the $450 price tag is a steep. And is there proper cooling methology in a small 4-inch phone without enough space, along that beastly A9 chipset? It will heat up alot under graphic load like gaming, I guess.

5. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

The A9 chipset is fabricated at 14nm FinFet, so it won't have a higher or even lower power consumption compared to its predecessors.

10. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

I'm talking of the possible heat temprature of the iPhone SE, not the chipset's power consumption. Are you aware that, with more space, there can be more effective cooling, like liquid or thermal gel? That's why the 5.5" Xperia Z5 Premium lasted about 30 minutes longer than the 5.2" Xperia Z5 in 4K video shooting endurance test. In fact, the 5.5" iPhone 6S Plus overheats less than the 4.7" iPhone 6S. Why is it so? Because larger phones do provide more space for a better and more effective cooling! iPhone SE will heat up more than the iPhone 6S under 30 minutes of GPU load of a same game launched on both iPhones at the same time.

14. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Who Dam cares about heating. Power and torque is utmost. Justify the heat for performance. Just use a cover. Simple.

17. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Almost everyone care about heat. Don't think you can treat a smartphone the same way as desktop PC, smartphone aren't designed to do a sustained peak performance because the lack of active cooling system.

20. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Let me resolve the big epic issue. Grade 905 pure premium extreme grade stainless steel needs to be used instead of cheap rubbish metal. You could even use the Intel i5 on your smartphone, ever needed to worry for heat. Along with liquid nitrogen fluid. But be prepared to pay double price almost.

21. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

That's not quite a good joke, Arte-8800.

16. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Maybe you're right. But Apple doesn't need to implement an advanced cooling method on the A9, l'm sure they'll just underclock it.

24. Nopers unregistered

I'm going to guess that they will clock it lower maybe somewhere between the clock speed of the low power mode and full power mode on the 6s

2. kane74

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 24, 2014

any news about the RAM?

6. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Will likely be 1gb.

11. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Definitely with 1gb Ram. Epic fail. Price is reasonable. If it had 2gb Ram, definitely would buy it. Love the boxy oblong shape, rather than the fugly ip6.

25. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Yes cause iPhone 6 with 1gb is pure s**t right? Its iOS, its ram management is on epic levels

7. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

I have a 6S and it seems quite small compared to smartphones I see others using. Is the 6S really TOO big for many for whom would instead opt for a 4.0 inch display? Apple may lose a good buck by rolling the dice with this.

26. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

5S is still selling like crazy, there are many women with smaller hands who appreciate the 4 inch screen. Apple wants to keep selling, there is a big market. Also it having 6S specs but being much cheaper than 6S will make many other who want to buy a new iPhone buy it even if it has smaller screen than they wanted,

8. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Definitely not for me, but as how compact today's five-inchers are, I think this phone is pointless for most people.

12. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Not for females.

19. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Nowadays, most women prefer phablets than an ultra mini like this one.

33. KetchupsMustard

Posts: 28; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Not true, I know a couple women that traded down in size because the phablet was hurting their hands.

9. carlemillward unregistered

Well worth the price, hopefully the 32/64 GB version is not more than $550. I have been looking for a 4 inch phone for daily use and 16GB is a no go for me.

13. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

carlemillward A Lumia 430 will serve you just fine and out costs just peanuts! I bought it unlocked for approx $52... And am about to update it to latest Windows 10 Mobile. What else?

15. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

An entry level budget rubbish phone. This iP5se is a midrange +. If it had the Lumia 8series specs on a compact size then big yes. I've read rumors that the S7 mini will come with the same specs as the S7, but with 4.5inch screen.....

27. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

The S7 can't even keep up with the 6s/6s+. Go to YouTube. This 4 in her will have the same specs pushing a smaller screen. I think you might want to stop looking at paper work and see real life test.

18. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

16 GB memory and 1GB Ram in 2016= FAIL! And 450$ for that?

28. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Where are you getting 1 gig of ram from?

22. aasifmaqsood

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

really PA.. A9 chip phone for 450 and A8 for 550?? it will be 550 and 6 will 450..

23. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

6 will be discontinued this year

29. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

iPhone 6/6 plus will be discontinued soon and replaced by the 6s/6s+. At that point, they will all fall in line with each other and the only difference will be screen size and the 4 incher will look like the 5/5s.

30. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

I have an iPhone 5S and since couple of months ago I now also have an iPad Air 2 that has 2gb of RAM. I have always had the habit to leave so many desktop tabs open in the background on safari an opera mini that I use on both devices. In the end I don't get to see much difference between the 1 and 2gb between my two devices, mostly because they can be used so quickly. My point is, even if I had 3 or even 4gb of ram I would still use so quickly that the difference would be tremendously small to notice. It's the chip that matters the most and makes the most difference in performance, RAM is of secondary importance and people should not worry about that.

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