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iPhone 5SE could be as fast as the iPhone 6S

iPhone 5SE could be as fast as the iPhone 6S

More news on Apple's budget iPhone. And it's good news, too.

While the iPhone 5SE – as the phone previously informally titled the iPhone 6C has now been dubbed – is said to be as small as the iPhone 5S, it could be as powerful as the up-to-the-minute iPhone 6S.

That's according to 9to5Mac. Its sources claim that there are "different prototypes of the device floating around Apple's campus".

Some of the these feature the standard A8 and M8 chips as seen in the iPhone 6, but others use the same A9 and M9 chips as the iPhone 6S. Which would make the iPhone 5SE quite a proposition.

So, is Apple trying out lots of variants before deciding which to plump for? Possibly.

But according to the report, the final version is "more likely to include variants of the A9 and M9 chips instead of the A8 and M8 lines". Which would mean the iPhone 6 has effectively been leapfrogged in the power stakes by its smaller sibling.

This is because when the iPhone 7 launches in September, it will use a new A10 processor, and Apple probably doesn't want the 5SE to be two generations behind just six months after launching.

The M9 would also allow for always-on Siri activation, so you just speak to get its attention.

Come September, the 5SE would probably replace the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in Apple's line-up. The 6 and 6 Plus look almost identical to the 6S and 6S Plus, so it seems pointless to keep around two identikit but less powerful models.

If true, this would mean Apple's line-up come September would be the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, and iPhone 5SE (as this latter model would replace the 5S).

The 5SE would also have more storage than the 5S, coming in 16GB and 64GB variants. The 5S currently comes in 16GB and 32GB models.

Of course none of this is official from Apple yet, so could be untrue or subject to change. But it seems to square up so far.

Meanwhile, an image of what purports to be the iPhone 5SE has emerged over on the One More Thing forums (see the image at the top of this story). Expect plenty more of these before launch.

Apple is rumoured to be set to launch the new device during the week of March 14th. That's seven weeks' time.

Excited about the next-gen budget iPhone? Us too. Here's our five point guide to why it'll breathe new life into the iPhone 5S: 5 reasons to be excited about the iPhone 5SE.


9to5Mac, One More Thing

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