Apple Inc. could reportedly offer three color options for the much-rumored 4-inch iPhone including a model similar to a hot pink iPod than rose gold. It appears that Apple intends to differentiate its so-called “iPhone 5se” from the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus as much as possible.
Apple to give a new color option
On Friday, a report from Japanese website Mac Otakara claimed that Apple plans to come up with a handset in a new pink chassis color, along with usual Silver and Space Gray currently available for the iPhone 5s. The report cited unnamed third-party accessory maker that recently exhibited products at Tokyo International Gift Show Expo.
As per the report, the color bears close resemblance to the ink sixth-generation iPod touch or seventh-generation iPod nano. Though the exact shade is not known, the color is expected to be different from the rose gold options available for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
Presently, there is no news of Apple Inc. offering a yellow gold iPhone 5se, indicating the buyers options will be limited to silver, Space Gray and pink. In 2013, Apple launched the first gold iPhone mainly to please the Chinese buyers. However, since then, the color have been put on other Apple devices such as Mac and the iPhone 6.
Closer to iPhone 6s in specs
Apple is expected to launch the smaller iPhone at the March event. Along with the iPhone, a revamped iPad Air 3 and new watch models are also expected to be launched. Presently, Apple’s 4-inch iPhone is expected to be in production ahead of a rumored spring announcement.
Not much is known on the specs of the device, but it is expected to come with iPhone 6s-like metal-backed design, and powered by an A8 or A9 processor along with NFC support for Apple Pay. The suffix ‘se’ has been described if different ways. Many believe “se” is a “special edition” variation while many see it as an “enhanced” version of the iPhone 5s.
In January, a leaked image showed the unreleased 4-inch iPhone alongside the iPhone 5s. If the image is true, the smaller handset looks quite similar to the iPhone 6s, “with curved edges, a sloping “2.5D” screen and a front-facing camera shifted to the left of the ear speaker,” says Apple Insider.
As per KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 5se would cost around $ $400-500, and will only contribute 8-9% to the iPhone sales. However, it will help to expand Apple’s presence in the emerging markets, Kuo believes.
On Friday, Apple Inc. shares closed down 2.67% at $94.02. Year to date, the stock is down almost 11% while in the last one-year, it is down almost 20%.