New 4-Inch 'iPhone 5e' Could Feature A8 Chip, 1GB of RAM, Apple Pay and VoLTE Calling

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Chinese website cnBeta [Google Translate] is the latest source to claim Apple will release a new 4-inch iPhone early this year. The blog, citing Foxconn sources, shared many new details about the so-called "iPhone 5e" that we have broken down for comparison against previous 4-inch iPhone rumors below.

    iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, both released in 2013

    "iPhone 5e" vs. "iPhone 6c"
    Apple's next-generation 4-inch iPhone has been given several names, including "iPhone 6c," "iPhone 7c" and "iPhone 5s Mark II," but this is the first report where it has been called "iPhone 5e."

    The website claims "iPhone 5e" will represent an "enhanced" iPhone 5s and replace the latter in Apple's smartphone lineup once released. iPhone 5e would be Apple's new entry-level handset.

    A8 Chip with 1GB of RAM
    The report says the "iPhone 5e" will be powered by Apple's 64-bit A8 chip and 1GB of RAM. Apple devices with an A8 chip: iPhone 6, 6 Plus, iPad mini 4, Apple TV 4, iPad Air 2 and the newest iPod touch.

    Japanese website Mac Otakara also said the new 4-inch iPhone will have an A8 chip, without disclosing potential RAM, while Chinese website MyDrivers said the device will have an A9 processor and 2GB of RAM.

    KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also said the 4-inch iPhone will have an A9 chip in a research note to investors, but that appears to be more of a prediction rather than supply chain evidence.

    16GB/64GB Storage
    The report claims the "iPhone 5e" will have 16GB base storage, with a 64GB model also available. Chinese website MyDrivers also said the new 4-inch iPhone will have 16GB base storage.

    iPhone 5s Camera
    "iPhone 5e" will have the same rear-facing 8-megapixel iSight camera as the iPhone 5s, according to the report. If the "iPhone 5e" proves to be an "enhanced" iPhone 5s, then this makes sense.

    No other reputable iSight camera rumors have surfaced about the new 4-inch iPhone, but Mac Otakara said the device will have an improved FaceTime HD camera with ?/2.2 aperture.

    Slightly Thinner and Lighter
    The report claims the "iPhone 5e" will be lighter, implying that it will likely also be thinner. Mac Otakara previously reported the new 4-inch iPhone will resemble a sixth-generation iPod touch.

    Mac Otakara now says the new 4-inch iPhone will have dimensions of 122.90 mm x 57.63 mm, which is fractionally thinner than the iPhone 5s. Apple could use 2.5D cover glass like the iPhone 6s.

    Apple Pay
    Apple will reportedly add NFC and Touch ID to the "iPhone 5e" to support Apple Pay, which is not available on the iPhone 5s unless paired with an Apple Watch.

    KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also claimed the new 4-inch iPhone will feature Apple Pay to complete Apple's lineup of NFC-enabled devices.

    VoLTE Calling
    The report claims the "iPhone 5e" will support VoLTE calling, allowing for wideband, high-quality phone calls on select carriers in the U.S. and nine other countries.

    Rose Gold and Colors
    The report corroborates previous rumors claiming the new 4-inch iPhone will be available in Rose Gold and other existing iPhone colors.

    Multiple reports claim the device will have an anodized aluminum finish like the iPhone 5s, rather than plastic casing like the budget iPhone 5c.

    Pricing and Availability
    The report claims the "iPhone 5e" will launch in February-March, possibly around the Chinese New Year, lining up with multiple other reports claiming the new 4-inch iPhone will launch in early 2016.

    Pricing could start at around 3,288 yuan ($500 U.S.).cnBeta accurately reported on the iPhone 6s Plus's packaging and smaller battery, but also incorrectly claimed the A8 chip would top 2 GHz a few years ago.

    Article Link: New 4-Inch 'iPhone 5e' Could Feature A8 Chip, 1GB of RAM, Apple Pay and VoLTE Calling
  2. KindredMAC macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2003
    Oh god... not another letter designation...
  3. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    Why? Apple, why? Is it so hard to create a 4" iPhone with flagship specs? Why deliberately gimp your own products this way? There is nothing about a smaller phone which suggests it has to be inferior to a larger phone.
  4. SoApple macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2012
  5. lunarworks macrumors 65816

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
  6. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    This seems more Apple's style...

  7. makingdots macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2008
  8. geoff5093 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2014
    Dover, NH
    This is one area where they copy Android phones and shouldn't. Why do all manufacturers insist on using low end specs for small phones?
  9. Sirious macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2013
    United Kingdom
  10. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012

    I hope the iPhone 7 starts with 32GB at least.
  11. newdeal macrumors 68020

    Oct 21, 2009
    the 5S has touchid and applepay uses touchid so not sure why you think this wont have it
  12. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    A8 and 16GB starting at $500? Did this come from the Onion?
  13. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    The irony is that Apple used to pride themselves on selling smaller phones than the competition. Now, it seems like Apple is ashamed of ever having sold such "puny" devices.
  14. cableguy84, Jan 11, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2016

    cableguy84 macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2015
    O dear, looks like the 4 inch fanboys are getting a very under powered device ...
  15. merkinmuffley macrumors 6502a

    Dec 3, 2010
    Who cares what is inside it - look at all those cool colors.
  16. Crosscreek macrumors 68030


    Nov 19, 2013
    I just want a iPhone 6 in the 5S size with a better battery. I'm just fine with the 5S case. Also add the better LTE bands so T Mobile extended range works.
  17. Fenez macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2014
    This is strictly for people who just prefer a smaller device. Some will trade the higher specs for size.
  18. myrtlebee macrumors 68020


    Jul 9, 2011
    Why even bother? Just keep selling the 5S until September and then release the 7 in three sizes.
  19. naeS1Sean macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2011
    Scranton, PA
    #19 it only greed that stops them from making a flagship 4" phone? Certainly seems that way...
  20. KdParker macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    I guess the more the merrier, when it comes to form factors.

    Will have to see how this plays out and see how big the market really is for a smaller phone.
  21. dark_knight177 macrumors regular


    Aug 22, 2010
    Low range specs and paltry 4" screen for $500? I expect this phone to flop dramatically. At these prices you can get high-end Android phone with 32GB base storage.
  22. 4jasontv macrumors 65816

    Jul 31, 2011
  23. rp2011 macrumors 65816


    Oct 12, 2010
    I already have a 5s, so such a device is not something I would spend money on. I'll wait to see if a proper smaller 7c is released in September.
  24. goodcow macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2007
  25. WalterTizzano macrumors regular


    Mar 6, 2014
    You mean a NORMAL sized device

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