Apple is supposedly announcing a new budget iPhone next month, and it looks like it is set to be called the iPhone SE. Earlier rumours claimed that the device would be based on the iPhone 5s, and therefore it would bear the 5SE designation.
The new iPhone is expected to remain the same, aside from the minor name change. It will still be a 4-inch device running on the A9 processor from the iPhone 6, an M9 chip for fitness tracking, an 8MP camera, and an NFC chip to support Apple Pay. The upgraded processor will also allow the iPhone SE use the always on “Hey, Siri” feature.
Simply calling the new device the iPhone SE may be a move to avoid confusion by releasing yet another iPhone 5; despite the cycle scheduled to move on to the iPhone 7. With that in mind, it looks like Apple may be planning to discontinue the iPhone 6 instead of allowing it to be pushed into the budget bracket.
Apple traditionally features three types of iPhones at any given time; one for each price range. When a new model is released, the previous year’s model is pushed into the mid-range bracket – and the model from two years ago becomes the budget offering. The introduction of the iPhone SE looks to change this.
We will find out more about any new plans from Apple soon enough. The company has scheduled an event on 21 March, where it is expected to announce several new products; including a smaller iPad Pro.