Leaked packaging confirms ‘iPhone SE’ name, 16GB baseline model and NFC for Apple Pay

By , Mar 17, 2016

iPhone SE packaging leak

Thursday, a photo of what appears to be Chinese packaging for Apple’s upcoming four-inch iPhone refresh was posted on Chinese social network Weibo.

The image allegedly shows the specifications sticker affixed to the box for the upcoming device while specifically mentioning ‘iPhone SE’ branding.

The ’16GB’ label on the sticker suggests that the iPhone SE will start out at sixteen gigabytes of storage, just like current iPhone models do. Additionally, the technical specifications section mentions Apple Pay compatibility, meaning the iPhone SE will include NFC, like previously suspected.

“In separate posts, the leaker intimates that the iPhone SE will also be available in a 64-gigabyte configuration, with four color choices—presumably silver, space gray, gold and rose gold,” writes AppleInsider.

Apple’s older iPhones are typically offered in 16/64GB flavors, by the way.

Another thing we can glean from the packaging: the iPhone SE supports LTE on GSM and CDMA networks around the world and ships with a Lightning to USB cable and EarPods in the box.

Last but not least, the tipster claims that the iPhone SE resembles the iPhone 6s design. Conflicting rumors have suggested that the device might have either an iPhone 5s-style look or be based on the iPhone 6/6s industrial design.

It is also possible that the image has been photoshopped.

Apple sent out invites for their media event to be held on Monday, March 21. The press conference is said to reveal a completely new handset, the four-inch iPhone SE, in addition to a smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro and potentially some new Apple Watch bands and updates to the OS X, iOS, tvOS and Watch OS operating systems.

Source: Weibo via AppleInsider

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  • Carlos Medina

    Damn Apple! Back at again with the low baseline. (Hopefully not)

    • Digitalfeind

      Get out.

  • Apple and their BS low end storage capacity. The only reason I hate them…is for this. Mad petty.

    • Abhijeet Gupta

      i wonder how much 4k video can be shot with this much of storage. install FIFA and Asphalt, half of the storage is gone. poof.

      • 5723alex .

        My iPhone 6 16GB with audio-video files had 5GB of free storage so storage was never a problem for me.

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        iPhone 6 doesn’t shoot in 4k sir, nor it has the live photos feature, neither it has to accommodate all the extra app files.

      • 5723alex .

        4K is dead just like the 3D. Live photos doesn’t take much space vs regular photos…

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        it is very much alive, unless you don’t have a display on which you can play a 4k footage, 3D touch, gimmicky, lil bit, but useful as well. Live photos take 2x storage sir.

      • IOSGuru9

        4K is the future, obviously you don’t know what 4K is and how much better the resolution is compared to 1080p

      • Nathan

        They take double the storage.

      • Manuel Molina

        Don’t forget 5 gigs or so will be taken away just for the oversized iOS.

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        yeah, iOS gets bigger every year and everybody knows it, thats why we have class action suits against apple for selling 8 /16 GB models.

      • iOS at most only takes 2GBs where do you get the 5 from..

  • dsg

    SE stands for Stupid Edition

    • Abhijeet Gupta

      Sick Edition if 16 GB is indeed the base model.

  • tvbi

    Of course the SE will start at 16GB, their flagship 6S is 16GB. Hopefully the 7 will start with 32GB.

    • Abhijeet Gupta

      bleak hopes that apple will give up 16 gb model, doing so might jeopardise their other product cloud.

    • Smegmatron

      They killed the 32 gb 2 years ago

  • Eddie Hines

    Iphone SE = smaller Edition!

  • Tommy

    At least have a new design ! What are the designers at Apple doing? Sleeping?

  • Alberto Espinal

    I have a 64gb iPhone 6sPlus and i only have 8gb left, damn apple really! That means that if I wanna go up to 128gb my iPhone it’s still gonna cost me an eye!