Rumor: 4″ iPhone refresh to be named ‘iPhone 5e’ and run A8 chip with 1GB of RAM

By , Jan 11, 2016

iPhone 6C concept Martin Hajek 002

The rumored refresh of the four-inch iPhone is widely expected by multiple sources to include Apple’s latest A9 chip with two gigabytes of RAM, but now a new rumor published Monday by Chinese-language MyDrivers is pouring cold water on those claims.

According to the site, the handset will actually run the previous-generation A8 processor that powers the iPhone 6 series and won’t include twice the RAM as previously suspected. In addition, Apple will apparently market the device under an ‘iPhone 5e’ moniker, like to suggest that it’s actually an enhanced version of the iPhone 5s.

Citing unnamed supply chain sources, the site went on to claim that the mid-range device will be limited to two capacities—sixteen and sixty-four gigabytes—and is currently in production at Foxconn ahead of its anticipated March release.

Other claimed features of the iPhone 5e reportedly include support for Apple Pay and voice over LTE (VoLTE) for clearer-sounding phone calls. MyDrivers does not have an established track record in reporting Apple rumors so take this report with a grain of salt.

Prior reports have contended that the device will feature an aluminum-clad chassis with an iPhone 6s-style design and so-called 2D cover glass with curved edges, not unlike the screen on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s series.

Rendering: 4, 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone, courtesy of Martin Hajek.

Source: MyDrivers (Google Translate)

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  • Tim

    You know what, to be honest, I wouldn’t mind the iPhone 7 being that tint of grey again instead of the ‘almost-silver’.

    • Amac25

      Yea remember the awesome slate iPhone 5 color? That was the best one in recent memory

  • Gabriel Anaya

    “An A8 with one gig of ram”
    No shit Sherlock. It’s going to be a repackaged iPhone 6. As for the 6E, I don’t think that’s true, and for the most part, I hope it’s not true either. Sounds silly in comparison to the “C” line.

  • tariq

    I like the “e” better than “c” hope samsung doesnt use the “e” term

    • Franklin Richards

      Did Samsung use “c”? But Samsung could just easily change their Edge into an “E” and undercut Apple at naming products since they refresh their devices before Apple does.

      • tariq

        They didnt use “C” b/c they dont need to make a cheaper line up of phones since they already make other cheap samsung phones..

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    So, it’s just an iPod Touch 6G with a cellular chip.
    I’ll pass. 6S is a far better choice.

    • Uhh, are all iPods iPhones without cellular chips or are all iPhones iPods with cellular chips?

      • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

        Not all iPods, only the iPod Touch 😛

      • Nice catch. But of course you mean iPod Touches Lol.

  • Meh, people don’t want an old Chip, will be DOA

    • burge

      And you’ve asked all the people who what a device with a smaller screen size than the 6/6s ?

      The device will sell more so if it looks like the above image. It’s best not to make a statement based on what you want in a device. I’ll say everyone of the people on sites like this are here because they are more into iPhones like yourself then the majority of iPhone users. But the vast majority of iPhone users don’t use sites like this and just want a nice looking device that works.

    • Benedict

      I think people wouldn’t even know what kind of chip powers the device. Besides that I bet this time Phil Schiller will skip to mention it in the keynote 🙂
      People who want a smaller and cheaper iphone will buy it.

  • It will never be an “enhanced” version of the 5 with this design. I’m sorry.

    • burge

      The 5c was a enhanced version of the iPhone 5 and just look at that.

  • iPhoneWINS

    this would only make sense if jin was extremely cheap but apple will overprice it..