Thought the days of the 4-inch Apple iPhone were gone? Not so fast.
The Cupertino, California, electronics giant might be working on such a phone for a March unveiling, according to a report Friday from tech blog 9to5Mac, which has built a reputation for reliably breaking Apple news. The model could be called the iPhone 5SE.
While Apple has met customer demand for larger screens in its iPhone 6 and 6S series, selling a smaller-screen phone would appeal to fans of more petite models. As Apple’s main profit maker, keeping the iPhone fresh is imperative to a strong sales forecast. In a product marketplace where stalwart brands like Samsung and HTC struggle for steady growth, Apple continues to post a profit quarter after quarter.
Separately, 9to5Mac also reported that Apple is preparing to unveil new band styles for its Apple Watch in March, alongside a new version of the watch software. The second-generation Apple Watch design is said to be slated for the same month.
Apple did not respond to a request for comment.
Here’s what 9to5Mac says is coming:
Smaller, 4-inch iPhone
- March launch event
- Upgrades 4-inch iPhone 5S
- Would include curved glass edges like iPhone 6 phones
- Same 8-megapixel, 1.2-megapixel cameras as iPhone 6
- Support for Apple Pay, Live Photos
- No pressure-sensitive 3D Touch display
- Uses iPhone 6 processors (A8, M8)
- Colors: Silver, space gray, rose gold
- Pricing: Same as current iPhone 5S (varies by region)
- Could sell late March or April
New Apple Watch styles
- March launch
- New band styles, new materials
- Watch software update (currently in beta)
- Full redesign by the end of 2016
More iPads on the horizon
- New iPads code-named “iPad 6,3” and “6,4” could arrive in November