Weeks after a report claimed that Apple was planning to call its upcoming 4-inch iPhone the “iPhone 5se,” it’s now said that the unannounced phone will go by a slightly different name.
Sources speaking to 9to5Mac say that Apple has now decided to call its new 4-inch device the “iPhone SE,” dropping the 5 from the old name. The rest of the phone’s rumored features remain the same, including its iPhone 5s-like design, A9 processor, 8-megapixel rear and 1.2-megapixel front cameras, and NFC for Apple Pay support.
The name “iPhone 5se” meant that Apple’s new 4-inch iPhone was a special edition of the iPhone 5s, the phone whose design it’s expected to emulate. However, Apple launching a new iPhone with a “5” in its name could look kind of strange when it’s also expected to launch an iPhone 7 in the same year, and such a move could make consumers think that the iPhone 5se is an old model. Opting instead for an “iPhone SE” name would eliminate any confusion that might occur about the 4-inch iPhone and its capabilities.