Casemaker leaks renders of the 4-inch iPhone 5se that show it stays true to the iPhone 5s' design

Casemaker leaks renders of the 4-inch iPhone 5se that show it stays true to the iPhone 5s' design
We've been hearing reports of Apple planning to launch a new 4-inch iPhone called the iPhone 5se or iPhone 6c. In a nutshell, this is a replacement for the aging iPhone 5s (2013) with much needed design and hardware upgrades. Still, we know that Apple is preserving most of the iPhone 5s' look and feel for the refreshed product, which is a sound decision, as the 5s is still a wonderfully designed smartphone.

Pouring fuel into this rumor's fire are these renders, allegedly created by a case maker in preparation for the upcoming announcements. They depict an iPhone 5se with a design that's nearly identical to the iPhone 5 (2012), complete with metal plates on the back, glass caps on the top and bottom of the back, and a FaceTime camera centered above the front facing speaker.

According to the source, the 4-inch iPhone's dimensions are indistinguishable from the iPhone 5s', which means the new device will theoretically fit inside existing cases for the iPhone 5s. But don't hold onto this premise just yet, for Apple may have introduced some changes here and there. The renders indicate that the sleep/wake/power button has been placed on the side, like on the sixth-generation iPhones. Moreover, the case maker said that the edges of the device and the front glass panel are slightly curved around the edges. The renders differ from the schematics leaked by OnLeaks in that the latter do not show the relocated power switch, and feature a camera bump.

Although these renders don’t show the Touch ID home button, the iPhone 5se will most certainly feature fingerprint security, as Apple wants the handset to support Apple Pay. As for the insides, sources claim that the 4-incher is powered by the A9 and M9 chips from the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. It will also have the Live Photos feater, an upgraded iSight camera, and an NFC chip for Apple Pay. Additionally, the handset will get new Rose Gold color option to go with the familiar Gold, Silver, and Space Gray shades. The new iPhone will be sold with 16GB or 64GB of storage options, and it will be priced in the 5s' current ballpark.

Rumors have consistently pointed at March 15 as the announcement date for the new iPhone 5se, but the launch date is now rumored to be March 22 (previously, it was March 18). It is said that the company isn't planning to offer the device via a standard pre-order campaign. At the March 15th event, Apple might also present a series of new Apple Watch leashes (including a new Space Black Milanese Loop and NATO-style nylon straps), as well as an upgraded version of the 9.7-inch iPad with an A9X processor and a Smart Connector.

source: 9to5Mac

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1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

5S design - yes please! 6/6S design - oh hell no!

18. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

iPhone 4/4s is still the best-looking iPhone.

2. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Too lazy to even change the design.

6. Zylam

Posts: 1823; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Talking about Samsung?

8. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

No, that's definitely more an Apple thing than a Samsung thing.

16. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

I agree. Too lazy to put just a little resources to change a 4 year old design. At this point Apple worries more about their stock price than their reputation. It would actually be good for Apple to go private.

3. fyah_king unregistered

Fugly! But, it will still sell like hotcakes, because omg, "it's an iphone!"

4. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

And you will still be crying because...well

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

...and you will be bashing people because they don't like what you like.

15. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Haha says you!

11. tedkord

Posts: 17464; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If it looks like the 5s, it's far from ugly. If it looks like the 6s, then yes. Ugly.

7. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Still boring looking just like all iphones

9. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I'm not an Iphone fan but the 5s was the best looking Iphone

12. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

This will be my next iPhone after my iPhone 4S :)

14. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Same here, it's impossible to get bored of jailbroken iOS

13. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

This will be my next iPhone after my iPhone 4S :)

17. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Don't really purchase a phone just for its beauty but more for function. Saying that I don't want a awful looking phone either. Everyday I see people with no cases on phone. I guess to admire the beauty. Girl at Zaxbys today had Note 5 and its was cracked in the back. At least put a minimum case on it. These phones cost so much now to not protect.

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