What is Apple’s iPhone SE?

In less than a week Apple will present its new range of devices, with rumours suggesting a smaller and cheaper iPhone model could be on its way.

Girl on Apple iPhone SE

On Monday March 21, Apple will present its latest round of improvements and innovations to its suite of mobiles and tablets. We take a look at some of the rumours ahead of the big day, including speculation on what’s in store for the new iPhone model.

iPhone SE

It has been mooted that a smaller and cheaper iPhone could unveiled next week. The model is expected to have a 4-inch screen, marking a shift away from bigger screens as seen on the likes of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6S plus, as well as the anticipated iPhone 7 (launching in September), which is expected to have the largest screen to date.

Commentary ahead of next week’s event suggests that iPhone SE may come in silver, rose gold and gold and will feature an enhanced camera as well as upgraded functionality to support Apple Pay.

The model is expected to be priced between £300 - £400 and will go on sale a few days after the event at Apple’s Cupertino HQ. With the discontinuation of the iPhone 5C last September, the iPhone SE has been positioned as Apple’s ‘affordable’ model in its iPhone series.

If rumours are correct, the iPhone SE will be the first iPhone model not to have a number incorporated into its title. This has led many tech sites to speculate whether the iPhone 7 will be affected by this change in labelling.

iPad & Apple Watch

In addition to a new iPhone, there’s rife speculation on how the iPad and Apple Watch will offer something new. Here are some of the most popular rumours:

  • New wristbands for the Apple Watch (including branded ones from designers such as Hermes)
  • The iPad air model will feature some components found in the iPad Pro, which launched last September. This includes being able to support the Apple pencil, smart connectors to link to a keyboard, and new speakers.
  • The new iPad will have the capability to record video in 4K resolution and have a 12 megapixel camera.

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