The supposed iPhone 5se, right, next to an iPhone 5. Photo: onemorething.nlA first look at Apple’s latest iPhone model may have just been leaked online.
Apple blog One More Thing has published a photo of what it claims is a prototype Apple smartphone. It’s pictured next to an older, similarly sized iPhone 5.
But while One More Thing and other sites have been abuzz with the prospect of a forthcoming “iPhone 6c”, 9to5Mac believes Apple’s new, compact iPhone will actually be called the “iPhone 5se” – with “se” referring either to “special edition” or an “enhanced” version if the iPhone 5s.
The handset is rumoured to be a similar design to 2013’s 4-inch iPhone 5 model but with “upgraded internals, software, and hardware features that blend the old design with modern technologies from the past two iPhone upgrades”, 9to5Mac says.
Apple’s last two smartphone releases, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, have only been available with 4.7- or 5.5-inch displays. A 4-inch model would appeal to customers who want all the latest upgrades but in a more compact form.
9to5Mac believes the “iPhone 5se” will feature the same curved glass edges, barometer sensor, NFC chip, 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.2 megapixel front camera seen on 2014’s iPhone 6; plus the Live Photos and rose gold chassis option introduced with the iPhone 6s late last year.
The iPhone 6s’s graded “3D Touch” feature is not expected to make the cut, however.
9to5Mac says the new handset could be unveiled in March, alongside a new edition of the Apple Watch.
While the leaked photograph could yet prove to be a fake, One More Thing has published accurate leaks in the past.
In 2014 the website leaked images of Apple’s forthcoming iPad Air 2 display; and before that, the iPad Air.
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