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Apple’s new 4-inch handset will now reportedly be called the ‘iPhone SE’

Apple’s new 4-inch handset, previously thought to be named “iPhone 5se,” will actually be called the “iPhone SE.” That’s according to a new report from 9to5Mac.

Here’s more from the site:

Based on Apple reinvigorating the 4-inch iPhone screen size at a time where the market is mostly moving toward larger smartphone screens, it would make sense for Apple to position this device as simply the “SE.” Sources say that the dropping of the “5” from the name also simplifies the iPhone lineup as bringing back an iPhone “5” variant amid the iPhone “6” lifecycle could potentially confuse customers. The iPhone SE will replace the existing iPhone 5s and will take its price points.

The new iPhone will apparently offer support for Apple Pay and Live Photos and sport the same A9 and M9 chips found in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. That means users will be able to activate the always-on Siri.

It will ship in the same silver, space gray, gold, and rose gold color options as the iPhone 6s line and be offered in a 16GB and 64GB version.

I’m not all that surprised by the apparent name change. Removing the “5” should help to better position the handset in comparison to the current iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

What else to expect

Apple is also expected to introduce other new products at the special media event, reportedly scheduled for Tuesday, March 15 – or possibly sometime the next week.

The other major new product is a version of the iPad Pro with a 9.7-inch screen. It was previously thought to be named the “iPad Air 3.” Other reports say the tablet will feature four speakers, support the Apple Pencil, and also sport the Smart Connector for keyboard accessories.

We should also get a look at a number of new band options for the Apple Watch.

For other news today, see: Apple TV App Store gains new categories for better tvOS app discovery, NowGaming on Apple TV: Games for the whole family, and Make your moments unforgettable with Infuse – Video Filters.

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