Logic would dictate that the next phone from Apple should be the Iphone 7, but the latest rumours suggest the company is gearing up instead to release the iPhone 5se, a smartphone equipped with all the technology of the company’s most recent handsets but, at 4in, smaller in size than its current 4.7in and 5.5in models.
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If reports are correct, this new compact iPhone will sit at the very bottom of the iPhone range, with Apple hoping to appeal to customers who prefer a smaller screen. According to Apple news site 9to5mac (bit.ly/9to5mac391), the iPhone 5se could be announced at an Apple event on 15 March, alongside a brand new iPad Air 3. Apple tends to take around a fortnight to get its new products launched and into shops, meaning we could see the new iPhone 5se on sale by April. We still don’t know that much about the iPhone 5se’s design, but we’re pretty sure it will feature a 4in screen so that Apple can offer customers a choice of sizes. We also predict that the 5se will be available in a range of colours, have an 8-megapixel camera and use Apple’s new A9 processor. Since Apple wants the iPhone 5se to be both small and affordable, we’d expect it to be priced at around $350, at least $100 less than the 16GB iPhone 6S that went on sale last September. This will pitch it to compete with mid-range Android phones.
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We’ve long been expecting Apple to launch a more affordable iPhone, to lure dissatisfied Android users who have only resisted switching to iOS because of the high price. However, a 4in screen does seem a bit stingy in this day and age, so it will be interesting to see how popular it proves.