iPhone SE packaging pictured in the wild

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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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)

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29 Comments

2. Beto_Lopez

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 14, 2015

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

3. Arschsalat

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

and 4k Video xD

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

27. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

4. Theourgia

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

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

9. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

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

13. Theourgia

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

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

5. hafini_27

Posts: 945; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

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

8. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

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

6. tyrionTheWise unregistered

16 GB should have been dead in 2014.

11. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

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

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.

29. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

7. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

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

10. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

iPhaggot. The biggest joke in the industry

12. Sondae

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

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

14. acruzlu unregistered

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.

17. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 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

25. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

SE can also be "Super Expensive"

16. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 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

18. GreenZone

Posts: 146; Member since: Mar 04, 2014

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

22. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

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

28. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

19. sissy246

Posts: 7007; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

20. shield

Posts: 817; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

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

21. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

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

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Monday will be here soon.

26. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

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

30. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 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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