The i Phone SE will replace the existing i Phone 5s and will take its price points.
The i Phone SE will look identical to the i Phone 5s except for slightly curved edges around the sides.
It will feature an A9 processor for faster performance, an M9 chip for fitness tracking and always-on “Hey Siri” support, the ability to take Live Photos, an upgraded 8-megapixel camera system, an NFC chip for Apple Pay, and Apple’s latest Wi Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular hardware.
i OS 9 brings you refinements at every level — from the apps you see on your Home screen down to the foundation of the system.
Siri is smarter than ever, proactive suggestions keep you on track, and multitasking on i Pad hits an all-new high with Slide Over, Split View, and Picture in Picture.
All these enhancements enable your devices — and you — to do so much more every day.
Apple plans to hold on event on March 15th, and if it sticks to that plan, release the new i Phone SE as soon as March 18th.
Apple is also preparing a new 9.7-inch i Pad Pro, not an i Pad Air 3, with Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil support.
Additionally, several new Apple Watch band options, including a new line of “high-quality’ nylon straps are in the cards for the event.
These Apple Watch enhancements will be the last until the Apple Watch redesign is launched as soon as September.
In January, we reported that Apple is preparing a new 4-inch i Phone that is essentially 2013’s i Phone 5s with upgraded internals.
At the time, we heard that Apple would call the device the “i Phone 5se” based on it being both an enhanced and “special edition” version of the i Phone 5s.
Now, we are hearing that Apple appears to be going all in on the special edition factor: sources say that Apple has decided to drop the “5” from the device’s name and simply call it the “i Phone SE.” This will mark the first i Phone upgrade without a number in its name and would logically remove it from a yearly update cycle.
Based on Apple reinvigorating the 4-inch i Phone screen size at a time where the market is mostly moving toward larger smartphone screens, it would make sense for Apple to position this device as simply the “SE.” Sources say that the dropping of the “5” from the name also simplifies the i Phone lineup as bringing back an i Phone “5” variant amid the i Phone “6” lifecycle could potentially confuse customers.