Too many rumors came and went without the arrival of a 4-inch iPhone ever since Apple moved to 4.7 and 5.5-inch screens for the world’s leading smartphone, but this year it’s looking extremely likely that a 4-inch iPhone will once again be part of the lineup. A recent leak revealed that the new 4-inch model will be called the iPhone 5se and also disclosed other details about the upcoming handset.
That report had said that the iPhone 5se would be powered by the Apple A8 processor, but a new report from 9to5Mac claims the device is likely to be powered by the newer A9 chip instead. Apparently, prototypes with both SoC’s exist, but with the iPhone 7 expected to come with the Apple A10 chip, the company could choose to make use of the A9 in the iPhone 5se. The always-on “Hey Siri” functionality is another reason touted for this move, as the feature isn’t possible with the M8 coprocessor on the A8.
Apple will reportedly replace the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with the iPhone 5se when the iPhone 7 comes out. Furthermore, the iPhone 5se should come in 16 and 64GB storage varieties, and will carry a price tag similar to the iPhone 5s. All in all, it certainly looks like Apple isn’t making the iPhone 5se only as an afterthought and has plans to give it considerable importance. An official announcement is expected in March, and more details should appear online leading up to the unveiling event.