Apple’s 4-inch iPhone refresh to be named ‘iPhone SE’?

By , Feb 26, 2016

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Forget about the rumored ‘iPhone 5SE’ name that has been floating around for weeks now, it seems that Apple will call its upcoming four-inch iPhone refresh an ‘iPhone SE,’ according to 9to5Mac’s reliable Mark Gurman (we called it, actually). If true, the planned name change will mark the first iPhone upgrade without a number in its name.

The iPhone SE is expected to replace the existing iPhone 5s and will take its price points, claim Gurman’s unnamed sources. These sources also say that “the dropping of the ‘5’ from the name simplifies the iPhone lineup as bringing back an iPhone ‘5’ variant amid the iPhone ‘6’ lifecycle could potentially confuse customers,” reads the report.

9to5Mac said back in January that Apple was going to refer to the upcoming four-inch iPhone refresh, internally codenamed “N69,” as an ‘iPhone 5se’ to signify that it’s a “special edition” or an “enhanced” version of the existing iPhone 5s.

“Apple was never going to call this phone the ‘5SE’. I don’t know where Gurman got that, but that was never going to happen,” commented John Gruber of Daring Fireball, adding that it would be more accurate to think of this as an iPhone 6s in a 4-inch body than as an iPhone 5S with “upgraded internals”.

“Dropping the number entirely fits with my theory that this phone is intended to remain on the market for 18-24 months,” wrote Gruber.

Be that as it may, the rumor-mill thinks the device will resemble the existing iPhone 5s aside from subtle design refinements such as slightly curved edges around the sides.

It should also pack in Apple’s latest A9 processor and the M9 motion co-processor which supports a tetherless ‘Hey Siri’ feature, in addition to NFC for Apple Pay,  and the camera system found in the previous-generation iPhone 6.

The device should come in the familiar gold, rose gold, silver and grey colorways and be provided in 16GB and 64GB capacities.

Does ‘iPhone SE’ sound right to you or does Apple’s marketing department need to rethink their product naming guidelines?

iPhone SE and iPhone 7 concept courtesy of German magazine

Source: 9to5Mac

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  • Elias Chao

    Maybe we won’t get an iPhone 7 after all. I mean, they had to stop someday with the numbers, would be awkward to have an iPhone 11 for example.

    • Newgunnerr

      What about iOS 11? We already have iOS 9 now.

      • Elias Chao

        Maybe they will start to name the iOS versions, as they do with OS X’s.

      • Bob Forsberg

        Dropping names in OS X and not naming anything based on a whim of the moment of an Apple employees dream state would be a welcome change.

    • lou111

      Maybe there will be iPhone X, and then iPhone X1? 🙂

      • Elias Chao

        They could rebrand the name to something like iPhone Pro & iPhone (ala MacBook/MacBook Pro).

    • Burge

      The 7 will come at the normal refresh cycle

    • chemi

      Damn, i just commented above saying something similar. Didn’t read this. hate being that guy.

  • I’d prefer it if they went all iPad with their naming techniques. iPhone Mini, iPhone Air, and iPhone Pro in place of the SE, 6, and 6 Plus.

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  • iByron

    I think they’re starting to drop numbers altogether like they did with the iPad.

    • Fede777

      You still have the Air / Air 2, and mini up to 4

  • :D

    What would the next iteration be called then? iPhone SE 2? That’s five syllables – quite the handful imo

  • Antzboogie

    This iPhone is going to be trash lol. iPhone 6S Plus all day!!

    • Rowan09

      It’s not meant for you but emerging and as an introduction into IOS.

    • Burge

      And will this will be your option when the 7 comes ? Ok

  • Feivl

    16GB is ridiculous.

    • trumpet444

      never heard that complaint before…

      • Feivl

        Sure. But it becomes more and more ridiculous every new generation.

  • iDude

    Is it just me that everytime i see/hear iPhone 5se, I can’t help but think of Windows 98se. It makes me shiver down the spine.

  • John McClane

    To be honest, I really don’t care about the name, I just want it in the Store to see it…

  • igobythisname

    SE-Sucker Edition!

  • Timothy

    Can’t wait for a new 4-inch iPhone!

  • chemi

    I wonder if they will eventually do away with numbers all together and just keep sizes and years like they do with the Macs. It could be like.

    iPhone SE, iPhone, and iPhone Plus


    iPhone (4inch), iPhone (5inch), and iPhone (6inch) ….. of 2016
    iPhone (4inch), iPhone (5inch), and iPhone (6inch) ….. of 2017
    iPhone (4inch), iPhone (5inch), and iPhone (6inch) ….. of 2018
    ….. so on
    like they do with the MacBooks.

    ps: yes i know that its technically 4.7 and 5.5 on the iPhone 6s, and 6s Plus. But they round up numbers on the MacBooks, so why wouldn’t they on the phone.