iPhone 5SE Will Be Next Apple Handset
This name alludes to the fact that it will be the same size as the iPhone 5S, sporting a four-inch screen rather than a 4.7-inch alternative. But if you were hoping to use older iPhone 5S components and iScrews kits to repair this upcoming handset, backwards compatibility is not on the table.
This is because the iPhone 5SE will actually be closer to the iPhone 6 under the skin, benefiting from the same processor and fingerprint scanner as its more recently released stable mate. Meanwhile, it will also embrace Apple Pay capabilities thanks to the onboard NFC chip, according to the Independent.
Aesthetically the iPhone 5SE will owe a lot to the iPhone 5S, although its chassis is likely to be a little more rounded so that it can also fit in alongside the 6S and 6S Plus.
Other reports indicate that the 5SE will feature a newer camera assembly than the 5S. In fact, since the latter device is still on sale, the former is almost certain to be introduced as a direct replacement, with a price point of under £400 expected by some observers.
It is now almost three years since Apple last introduced an affordable iPhone to the market, but the new 5SE will be linked more closely to its higher-end contemporaries than the 5C was at the time of its launch. And this could help it to avoid being seen as a budget device, in spite of the fact that it has undeniably been built to accommodate buyers with less cash to spend on a smartphone.
While Apple has big plans for the iPhone range in 2016, the latest figures from industry analysts suggest that sales will actually be flat for this range of devices over the coming 12 months, according to the Guardian.
Specifically, the performance in Q1 is likely to be troubling, with forecasts estimating a single percentage point of sales growth. Meanwhile, in the same period last year, iPhone sales were up by 46 per cent.
The iPhone 6S burst on to the market in September, but it could not maintain the initially impressive sales momentum in the long term and has thus left Apple with a bit of a problem. The iPhone 5SE may be enough to reinvigorate sales, tiding the firm over until September, when the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are expected to touch down.
Whether Apple is a victim of its own success or the whole market is slowing down, people are now content to hold on to their iPhones for longer rather than succumbing to the annual upgrade cycle. So investing in replacement iPhone parts and iScrews kits is a good way to keep these handsets in top-notch condition.