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‘iPhone 6 SE’ Could Be the Name of Apple’s Next iPhone [Leaked Pictures]

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In two weeks, the next-generation iPhone is expected to be announced with the same overall design as the iPhone 6/6s series. The phone will not have a headphone, a small rear camera, nor will it have the same antenna design. However, the phone will have the familiar curved aluminum case that meets curved glass. The front of the phone will also look similar with thick top/bottom bezels, thin side bezels, and other features. New images of the alleged box for the new phone have surfaced. They claim to show Apple may be retaining the ‘6’ in the name for ‘iPhone 6 SE.’

iPhone 6 SE

Packaging for ‘iPhone 6 SE’ leaked, which may be Apple’s next iPhone, credit: 9to5Mac

Instead of the long-rumored and expected name of ‘iPhone 7’ for the next iPhone, the box shows ‘iPhone 6 SE.’ Before we immediately dismiss it as fraudulent, I wanted to propose a case as to why Apple would choose such a name. For starters, Apple released the iPhone SE in the spring, which is an updated version of the iPhone 5s. It has the same specs of the iPhone 6s, but in a 4-inch screen size. It allows customers who like the smaller screen size to upgrade without getting a much larger phone. It was rumored to be called the ‘iPhone 5 SE’ but Apple dropped the number from the name. Releasing a second ‘SE’-branded iPhone would not be crazy for Apple to do. The iPhone SE is an upgraded iPhone 5s with subtle design changes and internal upgrades. The new iPhone will be the iPhone 6s with design changes and internal upgrades as well. Using an ‘SE’ name would make sense for this year’s iPhone.

Additionally the naming scheme of ‘SE’ for this year’s iPhone compared to next year’s iPhone would make more sense. This year’s phone will look similar to its past predecessors (iPhone 6 and 6s) while next year’s will be a complete redesign. It would be much easier for Apple to announce this phone as ‘iPhone 6 SE’ and next year’s redesign as ‘iPhone 7.’ Instead, the rumors suggest this year will be ‘iPhone 7’ and next year is ‘iPhone 8.’ The rumors completely ignore an ‘7s’ line, Apple’s history of redesigning every major number generation, and the new three-year cycle they are supposedly following. Earlier this year it was reported that Apple will be slipping back to a three year cycle instead of their regular two year. This means every three years there will be a completely redesigned iPhone, instead every two years. Apple currently uses the following naming scheme: ‘iPhone #’ (ex: iPhone 6, major redesign) and ‘iPhone #s’ (ex: iPhone 6s, upgrade internal specs.) The company could, then, add ‘iPhone #SE’ to the end for the third year. It would have an upgraded design with upgrade specs. Apple would then change the number and cycle through it again.

iPhone 6 SE

The ‘iPhone 6 SE’ packaging cannot be easily discredited since the name actually makes sense, credit: 9to5Mac

Other blogs who have reported the leaked box wrote it off as fake or Photoshopped, but I took a closer look to dispute their claims. Looking at the side of the packaging where ‘iPhone 6 SE’ is written, the ‘SE’ may appear to be off-center. However, the ‘iPhone 6 SE’ writing is perfectly centered on the side of the box. There is the same amount of spacing between ‘iPhone’ as there is to the ‘6’ and the ‘6’ to the outline of ‘SE’ box. Also, the ‘SE’ box is larger in height than the ‘6’ but it is the same extra height on both the top and the bottom. On the back of the box there are spacing issues, but most of the Chinese writing matches up the iPhone SE box. Also, there is a new model number listed for the iPhone (A1758) that does not match with any of Apple’s other phones and it follows the same pattern. The ‘A’ is Apple’s identifier that is on all their products and the ’17’ corresponds to the year of announcement. While it does not specific the year, it does identify with other products that were announced the same year. For example, the iPhone SE came out this year with model number ‘A1723.’

While the box may be fraudulent or unlike Apple to do, the name of this year’s iPhone cannot be discredited immediately because of a leaked box. The ‘iPhone 6 SE’ name lines up with the name of previously release products, it would continue the new three-year cycle, and the packaging is accurate in a few places. If it was Photoshopped, the designer would likely not spend as much attention to detail as I did in writing this post. If it was Photoshop, I would expect more sloppiness and less accuracy.

Apple’s next iPhone is expected to be announced in only two weeks at a special media event. The phone will be announced alongside the second-generation Apple Watch and the release date for iOS 10.

Apple announces iPhone SE: 12MP camera, A9 processor, Apple Pay

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On March 21st, Apple announced the next iPhone to join their lineup and to replace the two-year old iPhone 5s. The iPhone SE, as rumored, is a very upgraded iPhone 5s with technical specifications that match the iPhone 6s.


iPhone SE design

The iPhone SE design, via Apple.com

The iPhone SE has the same external design as the iPhone 5s except for a couple of changes. With its 4-inch display, bottom speaker and microphone grill, circular volume buttons, aluminum and glass rear shell and flat camera with a pill-shaped dual-LED flash, this iPhone has the same design as the iPhone 5s. It even has the chamfered edges that Apple moved away from with the iPhone 6. The phone, however, now has the letters “SE” printed under “iPhone” on the rear shell and comes in a rose gold color. This joins the previous space gray, gold and silver colors.


Internal Specs

The iPhone SE has the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and NFC chip for Apple Pay.

The iPhone SE has the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and NFC chip for Apple Pay, via Apple.com

While Apple kept the same external design as the iPhone 5s, they upgraded the internal components to match the iPhone 6s. The phone is powered by the 64-bit A9 processor with embedded M9 coprocessor, which offers two times faster CPU and three times faster GPU as compared to the iPhone 5s’ processor. This processor also offers great battery life where it exceeds the iPhone 6s on some levels with two hours more Internet use on 3G and Wi-Fi and three hours on 4G LTE. The processor comes with always-on Siri so she can be activated without the iPhone being plugged in, which is needed on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The iPhone SE has the Touch ID Home button and an NFC chip for Apple Pay payments without needing to first connect to the Apple Watch. The phone has faster Wi-Fi and 4G LTE so it can be up to three times faster on Wi-Fi and up to fifty times faster on LTE when compared to the iPhone 5s. It also has Bluetooth 4.2 and support for VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling.

The rear camera on the iPhone SE have been upgraded as well. It now has the 12MP sensor with the functionality to take Live Photos and Panoramas up to 63MP. The camera also has up to 4K video recording, HD slo-mo video recording and cinematic video stabilization. The front camera on the phone, however, is the same as on the iPhone 5s. It takes 1.2MP still photos with 720p HD video recording. It does have the Retina Flash, which is a feature unique to the iPhone 6s/6s Plus.


iPhone SE vs. iPhone 5s

iPhone 5s

The iPhone 5s, via YouTube

The iPhone 5s has the same design as the iPhone 5, which was the last iPhone that Steve Jobs helped design. Apple returned to this design for the iPhone SE for a few reasons, one being that it has been around for several years and is loved by its users. The iPhone SE saw many upgraded components that make it equal on many levels to the iPhone 6s. Apple now offers customers a way to upgrade to the latest technology without compromising on the 4-inch screen size.



iPhone lineup spring 2016

The 2016 spring iPhone lineup

For the spring lineup of iPhone (as we near closer to the iPhone 7 rumored announcement in the fall), we have the iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The new SE replaced the iPhone 5s, which came out two years ago.


Pricing and Storage

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The iPhone SE, via Apple.com

The iPhone SE is available in two storage sizes: 16GB and 64GB. There are several different pricing options for the iPhone, but the most recognizable would be the unsubsidized price. This is exactly how much you would pay for the phone flat out. The 16GB is available for $399 and the 64GB is available for $499, which much less than the iPhone 6s 16GB price of $649. With a two-year contract, the iPhone SE is $0 for the 16GB model and $49 for the 64GB model. More carriers are stepping away from contracts and are offering carrier financing. With this set up, like you would see on Verizon and AT&T, the iPhone SE starts at $13.30/month or $10/month with the trade-in of an iPhone 5s at the Apple Store.


Release Date

Pre-orders for the iPhone SE start on Thursday, March 24th and the phone is released on Thursday, March 31st.

Apple announces iPhone SE, 9.7″ iPad Pro and new Apple Watch bands

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On Monday, Apple held their first special media event of the year where they announced the 4-inch iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro and new bands for Apple Watch. The event, as stated by Tim Cook, will be one of the last special events to be held Apple’s Town Hall at their Cupertino Campus.

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iPhone SE announcement

Apple announces the iPhone SE.

The iPhone SE is Apple’s next-generation 4-inch iPhone that replaced the iPhone 5s in their lineup. While it does have relatively the same external design as the iPhone 5s, it has very upgraded internal specifications that allow it to match the iPhone 6s in terms of performance and camera quality. With its A9 processor and M9 embedded coprocessor, 12MP rear camera, 4K video recording, Live Photos functionality and rose gold color, it is almost a miniature version of the iPhone 6s. The iPhone SE starts at $399 unsubsidized for 16GB, or free with a two-year contract. Pre-orders start Thursday, March 24th and it’s available Thursday, March 31st.


9.7″ iPad Pro

9.7" iPad Pro announcement

Apple announces the 9.7″ iPad Pro.

The iPad Pro, which is said to be one of Apple’s best products that customers love, received an update in terms of size. In addition to the 12.9″ model which came out last fall, there’s a new 9.7″ model that is successor to the iPad Air 2. It has a higher-quality display that is less reflective and brighter, dual stereo speakers, the A9X processor, 12MP rear (protruding camera) with 4K video recording and a new LED flash and a 5MP front camera. The smaller iPad Pro starts at $599 for the 32GB Wi-Fi only model and, like the iPhone SE, pre-orders start on March 24th and it’s released March 31st.

For the first time ever, Apple is offering the iPad Pro (both sizes) in a 256GB configuration. This significantly larger storage size is also rumored for the iPhone 7.


Apple Watch

Apple Watch announcement

Apple announces new bands for Apple Watch.

While we did not see a new Apple Watch model like many news outlets predicted, we did see a whole set of new bands and the Apple Watch Sport saw a price drop. There are now twenty-two different colors of the Sport band, with yellow, royal blue and apricot (light orange) added today, and seven colors of the new Woven Nylon band. It’s available in pink, blue, royal blue, red and black. The Apple Watch Sport now starts at $299 ($50 price decrease) for the 38mm model and $349 ($50 price decrease) for the 42mm model.


Other Updates

Apple released new software updates for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV and Apple Watch today. The iPhone, iPad and iPod touch can update to iOS 9.3 which has new features like Night Shift, password-protected Notes and better personalization in News. For the Apple TV, tvOS 9.2 is available with Siri remote dictation, app folders and iCloud Photo Library. The Apple Watch can also be updated to watchOS 2.2, which comes with an enhanced Maps app and support for multiple watch pairing. With the exception of the Apple Watch, all of these updates can be downloaded through the Settings app on their respective devices. The Apple Watch update can be downloaded via the Apple Watch app on iPhone.

Leaked iPhone SE packaging confirms name, tech specs and more

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The iPhone SE, Apple’s new 4-inch iPhone, is rumored to be announced next week at their special media event. A new leaked picture from Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo confirms a few details about the upcoming phone. It is taken of the rear packaging of the iPhone SE, where Apple details some of the specs.

Leaked iPhone SE packaging

Leaked iPhone SE packaging, via Weibo

The picture, which was posted by user ttsmile_d, confirms the name of Apple’s newest iPhone, one of the storage options and some of the specs. While it was rumored for a couple of months that the name of the 4-inch iPhone would be hideously be called the ‘iPhone 5se,’ Apple has apparently chosen ‘iPhone SE’ for the name instead. The ‘SE’ likely stands for “special edition.” Also, the packaging confirms there is a 16GB storage size available for the phone, which was suggested by a few reports, and likely means they also are correct about the other 64GB storage size too. Finally, it also details a few antennas the phone supports, like GPS and CDMA. The biggest one, though, is NFC. This confirms that the phone has NFC on it, which means it will support Apple Pay and have the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

The iPhone SE is expected to be a hybrid design of the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. It will have a 4-inch display like the iPhone 5s with a design like the iPhone 6 and come in the same colors as the iPhone 6s (gold, rose gold, silver and space gray). It is expected to be announced on Monday at Apple’s confirmed special media event.

iPhone SE leaked display reveals similar design to iPhone 5s

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We are only days away from Apple sending out invites to their rumored special event on late March and leaked pictures of their new devices are being posted online. Today, we have a picture of the display for the iPhone SE, Apple’s 4-inch iPhone.

The display, which was first posted on Nowhereelse, shows the display for the upcoming iPhone SE. The pictures come from a source that has proven to be reliable with other leaked components. The display confirms that the new iPhone will not have a 3D Touch Display like the iPhone 6s because it’s missing the necessary parts, like the pressure sensor and extra frame. Their post compares the iPhone SE front panel to the iPhone 6s, but we feel it’s more accurate to compare it to the iPhone 5s front panel.

iPhone SE leaked display

iPhone SE leaked display vs. iPhone 5s display

The picture above shows the display for the rumored iPhone SE compared to the iPhone 5s. There are three main components we see: the glass display, plastic bezel and LCD. The glass display is black and can be seen very faintly on the top left corner with a QR code (next to the white one on the flex cables). The glass is fused together with the digitizer (touchscreen). The plastic bezel is the component that surrounds the glass and keeps it attached to the phone. This can be seen at the top and the bottom of the display. Finally, we have the LCD, which is the giant gray piece in the middle of the display and it also has a QR code on it.

Looking at both of the displays from the bottom, we see a very similar screw layout where the Home button lies. The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6s have different layouts that do not match the iPhone SE. Going up the sides of the display, we see the frame that attach the display to the LCD shield is also similar to the iPhone 5s, in fact, it’s identical. At the top, we see a few holes. The elongated one is for the speaker and upper microphone, the one to the right is for the proximity sensor (causes display to dim when you’re on the phone) and the top one is for the front camera. While there’s some extra components missing, like the speaker grill and front camera plastic holder, this is the first time an assembled display (LCD + digitizer) has been pictured for the iPhone SE. There are also two flex cables extending from the LCD, one being for the digitizer and the other for the LCD. Their orientation is not important.

iPhone SE display, credit: Nowhereelse

iPhone SE display, credit: Nowhereelse

What the display tells us:

The leaked iPhone SE display tells us a few things about the new iPhone, specifically that it will resemble the iPhone 5s more than the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s. The display is nearly identical (at least on the back) to the iPhone 5s and it won’t have 3D Touch capabilities. It also shows us that the camera will be at top center above the speaker, which differs from the front camera’s location on the iPhone 6/6s. The camera on these phones are on the left side of the speaker. This front camera placement is also the same as we saw last week in these leaked sketches, which adds to the authenticity of them.

via Nowhereelse.fr

Apple’s Spring event reportedly planned for March 21st, not March 15th

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Just when we thought we knew everything about Apple’s spring event…we didn’t. The iPad Air 3 won’t be called the iPad Air 3, the iPhone 5se won’t be called the iPhone 5se and now the date of the special event won’t even be held on March 15th. According to Re/Code and BuzzFeed, the event is planned for March 21st.

credit: Gizmag

Tim Cook announces iPhone 6s, credit: Gizmag


Citing sources with knowledge of Apple’s plans, BuzzFeed claims that Apple has decided on March 21st as the special day where they will announce the 9.7″ iPad Pro, iPhone SE and new bands for the Apple Watch. It is unclear if the event was ever scheduled for March 15th or if it was always March 21st, but now the plans are apparently solidified. BuzzFeed notes that this is the day before Apple is to stand on trial before the government in the San Bernardino iPhone case.

This event will also be smaller as compared to other events since no revolutionary products will be unveiled. The announcement will likely be held at Apple’s Town Hall in Cupertino, CA.


Apple to drop ‘5’ from ‘iPhone 5se’ name to call it ‘iPhone SE’

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On top of the post we wrote earlier today about the name for the iPad Air 3, Apple is also apparently not naming their 4-inch iPhone the ‘iPhone 5se.’ Due to confusion with the name, 9to5Mac and KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo (via MacRumors) claim the phone will be called the ‘iPhone SE.’

iPhone 5s

iPhone 5s

The upcoming ‘iPhone SE’ is being renamed due to confusion that customers may have with an iPhone 5 variant being released just months before the iPhone 7 comes out. Since the number ‘5’ hasn’t been used in an iPhone name for over two years, customers may feel the phone has dated technology and instead buy another phone.

The iPhone SE will be designed as a hybrid of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6. Leaked sketches of the phone showed curved glass on the front that transitions to a curved rear aluminum shell with antenna lines and a protruding rear camera like the iPhone 6. The dual-LED flash, bottom speaker grills, Sleep/Wake button on the top and circular volume controls will all be identical to that on the iPhone 5s. The phone will come in the same colors as the iPhone 6s lineup, though, with rose gold, gold, silver and space gray.

In addition to the colors, the internal specifications will match the iPhone 6s. It will have upgraded an Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chip, NFC and Touch ID for Apple Pay and the A9 processor with embedded M9 co-processor with support for always-on Siri. For the last few months, rumors said the camera would be 8MP but Kuo is claiming Apple will be upgrading this to the 12MP camera.

The impact that the iPhone SE will have on the iPhone 5s is also in question. 9to5Mac wrote that their sources claim the new iPhone will replace the iPhone 5s and adopt its prices, while the analyst says the iPhone 5s will see a 50% drop in price to $250 without a contract and the iPhone SE will adopt its prices. Regardless of what happens to Apple’s older iPhone, the price for the iPhone SE will likely start around $400 off contract.

The iPhone SE is expected to be announced at a special event on March 15th along with the 9.7″ iPad Pro and new bands for the Apple Watch. All these products will be released three days later on March 18th.