According to a Chinese analyst, the ‘e’ in iPhone 5e stands for ‘enhanced’ and it would be an upgraded version of the iPhone 5s with A8 chipset, Apple Pay, NFC, and VoLTE
New reports suggest that the 4-inch iPhone that Apple is rumoured to be working on may be called the iPhone 5e, instead of 6c or 7c. According to a Chinese analyst, the ‘e’ in the name could stand for ‘enhanced’ and as such, it will be an upgraded variant of the iPhone 5s. According to the analysts post in Weibo, the phone will have features like Apple Pay, NFC, and VoLTE. He says that the upcoming device will be powered by the company’s A8 chipset, which is used in the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. He also said that the phone may have 1GB of RAM instead of 2GB and at the back will be an 8MP camera. In addition, the analyst claims that the iPhone 5e will be priced around 3,288 yuan, which is about Rs. 33,600.
The 4-inch variant of the current generation iPhone has been rumoured for quite a while now. Earliest reports suggested that Apple would launch the smaller and cheaper device alongside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. It was then rumoured that the smaller iPhone would be launched with the Apple Watch 2 in March this year and mass production of the device would begin from this month. 3D renders suggests that the phone will be available in multiple colour variants and images purported to be of a dummy unit have also been leaked.
Apple is also expected to launch the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus later this year. Rumours suggest that the company may use an OLED screen on the device. According to reports, the company has opened a facility in Taiwan to work on OLED and micro-LED technology. Rumours suggest that the device will come with 3GB of RAM and the Plus version will have a variant with 256GB of storage and 3100mAh battery. Apple could also introduce new design changes in the phone. For starters, the company may remove the 3.5mm audio jack from the phone and rumours suggest that the company may be working on wireless beats earpods for the iPhone 7. In addition, Apple may remove the Home button from the device and use 3D Touch instead. The TouchID fingerprint sensor may be moved to the side of the device.