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Apple iPhone 5se with 4-inch display and new Watch accessories tipped to launch at March event


After a number of rumours and leaks, the name of Apple’s 4-inch iPhone revamp has changed once again. According to a source that tipped 9to5mac, the upcoming 4-inch iPhone will not be called the iPhone 7c, iPhone 6c nor the iPhone 5e, but the iPhone 5se. In fact the same source also reports that new iPhone is coming March, while another report points out that Apple may announce a few Apple Watch upgrades at the same time as well.

But there’s more. The Apple iPhone 5se is expected to pack in plenty of recently announced features, all except for a fingerprint reader and 3D Touch. What you can expect to get on this smaller iPhone 5s successor is a design similar to the iPhone 6 models, an 8MP camera on the back and 1.2MP front-facing camera. Talking about the camera, the sensors and the hardware will be able to deliver larger panoramas and autofocus for video recording as well.

If you were wondering what the ‘se’ stands for, well for now, it means ‘special edition’.

Also included in the iPhone 5se will be a barometer that will help the Health app check for changes in elevation.

Other upgrades also include an NFC chip for Apple Pay and other communication options that would include Bluetooth 4.2, VoLTE, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

Powering it all will be an Apple A8 chipset with the M8 co-processor that will also come from the iPhone 6 models. Strangely, even with the older hardware, the iPhone 5se is expected to support Live Photos when the currently available iPhone 6 models still don’t.

As for the Apple Watch, it is expected to get a major revamp as well, but later this year, somewhere after September. However, at the march event, Apple will be adding some newer accessories like bands with new colours and new texture options. Also now in beta, the WatchOS 2.2 update is expected to go official, that comes with some handy new features, including the ability to connect more than one Apple Watch to a single iPhone.

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