9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman reports that Apple’s next iPhone is being readied for a launch in March or April:
The new device is internally codenamed “N69,” but the launch name will likely be the “iPhone 5se.” The “se” suffix has been described in two ways by Apple employees: as a “special edition” variation of the vintage 4-inch iPhone screen size and as an “enhanced” version of the iPhone 5s. Indeed, the upcoming “5se” features a design similar to 2013’s flagship but upgraded internals, software, and hardware features that blend the old design with modern technologies from the past two iPhone upgrades.
The new iPhone 5s model will have a faster CPU, an NFC, chip, improved Wifi and Bluetooth, and the same 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera from the iPhone 6 (and 5s).
Just about the only thing that won’t change on the new iPhone is the screen, which will have the same resolution as on the iPhone 5s (and the iPod Touch). It will not be pressure sensitive. The current 5s will likely be discontinued, according to 9to5Mac, and the “5se” will take its price point.
Edit: And now there’s a photo of the new iPhone, next to the current iPhone 5s:
Do you know what most interests me about this story?
It’s the fact that many assumed Apple would retire its 4″ iPhones after launching the iPhone 6 in late 2014, but instead Apple kept selling the iPhone 5s for all of 2015. That tells me that there is a bigger market for it than some pundits expected (including me).
Really, the news today is less that Apple is launching a new iPhone model than that they are refreshing one of their standard iPhone sizes with a better CPU, new shell, and other improvements.
So is anyone planning to replace their iPhone 5s?