Just hours away from Apple’s big event, the Cupertino based tech is expected to unveil its latest iPhone, the smaller iPhone SE and the latest iPads and Macs.
According to the latest reports Apple new iPhone will have 4-inch screen. The move came as people are resisting the upgrade to iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, because they find the 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch displays just too big for their comfort. The upcoming "iPhone SE", is an amalgamation of iPhone 6s with a 4-inch display. With feature A9 processor, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, Touch ID fingerprint sensor and Near Field Communication (NFC) for Apple Pay support.
Design and Specifications
In terms of design, the device is said to be similar to the iPhone 6 models. It is reportedly said to sport a power button on the side. It was only with the iPhone 6 models, that the company started opting for side power button due to the length of the device. Hence, the upcoming smartphone will be almost the same as the iPhone 6, but only fitted into a 4-inch form factor.
The cost of the device is expected to be somewhere between $400 and $500 in the US. Needless to say, the lower price point is aimed at mid to low segment and could help Apple drive sales in emerging countries like China and also India. Lastly, it is also beleived that the 4-inch iPhone shipments will grow by 131 per cent year-over-year to 37 million units by 2016. The research forecasts a lower shipment of 12 million units from 18-20 million units as it believes customers who favor a small-size iPhone may purchase the cheaper iPhone 5s.
Will be called SE
This device will be called SE and not iPhone 5se. The company has decided to drop ‘5’ from the name. This means, the iPhone SE will be the second iPhone after the original 1st generation model without a number in its name. In addition, it is believed that the change in the name is to simplify the iPhone lineup as bringing back an iPhone 5 variant during iPhone 6 life-cycle may confuse customers. The iPhone SE will reportedly replace the iPhone 5s and could sell at a similar price point as well.
It is highly likely that Apple will launch a new 9.7-inch tablet this time, because its been time for the iPad Air 2 launched in 2014 to be updated. However, the rumours going round suggest it will not be called iPad Air 3. Instead, it would be a smaller 9.7-inch version of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Featuring the same design and processor as the iPad Pro but, just smaller.