The iPhone 5SE name only really makes sense if the new 4-inch iPhone is an enhanced iPhone 5S. New leaks confirm that assumption.
The iPhone 5se is an unusual iPhone. There are no leaked parts yet, three weeks away from expected launch that confirm that the iPhone 5se is indeed a legit product and not just a big Apple rumor.
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9to5Mac, who is the initial source for the iPhone 5se rumors, received schematics of the iPhone 5se from a case maker. The drawing show an iPhone 5S with only very small changes. The power button moved from the top to the side like on an iPhone and the edges of the glass are slightly curved, but not as much as on an iPhone 6.
The iPhone 5se has the round volume buttons like the iPhone 5S and not the rice corn shaped buttons the iPhone 6 has.
The iPhone 5se has the same dimensions as the iPhone 5 says the anonymous case maker. This means that old iPhone 5 cases work for the new iPhone 5se.
The iPhone 5se is said to run on latest A9 CPU. Other features include Apple Pay, iPhone 6 quality camera, always-on Siri and Live Photos. Color options are supposed to include bright pink. This new iPhone is offering a state-of-the-art iPhone experience, but in a small package with an expected lower price than the iPhone 6S.
The iPhone 5se only makes sense in the context of being an enhanced iPhone 5S. It is though a weird move by Apple to activate an old design and release it as a new product. On the other hand, the iPhone 5 has an iconic design. The iPhone 5se is like BMW resurrecting the Mini. The smartphone market is now as mature as the car market, and apparently ready for the retro trend.
The new leak go directly against this leaked image of the iPhone 5se that has been covered a lot, but is totally fake if the new schematics are legit.
Onleaks has published new schematics of iPhone 5se prototypes. In both version the power button is on top. Which means that the drawings are either outdated or fake.
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