Get ready for a big fat disappointment in March when Apple will show off a shiny new 9.7-inch iPad, additional Apple Watch options and a slightly less impressive iPhone 5se. All unconfirmed rumors of course. But as we draw closer to the reported launch date of March 15, it’s getting more and more difficult to dismiss those leaked images.
The latest set of pictures (seen above and below) shows the iPhone 5se to have a surprisingly different look as compared to previously anticipated designs. Its exterior barely shares anything in common with the 6s. The upcoming smartphone appears to take cues from the iPhone 5s instead. Its dimensions are apparently the same too.
The images have been published by 9to5Mac who claims an unnamed case manufacturer to be the source. And yet, these are not actual photos of the iPhone 5se, but rather leaked schematics of the device. Since the forthcoming handset has the same measurements as the 5s, it will be usable with protective covers made for the latter.
Covered in metal and glass, the iPhone 5se might have the sleep/wake/power key in a different location as pitted against the 5s. In 2014, Apple introduced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with the aforementioned button on the side. The handset which will be rolled out in March is likely to sport this change along with a Touch ID-supported home button.
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Updated camera hardware, NFC, newer A9 and M9 chips as well as a rose gold color option are touted to be on the menu too. No mention of a hot pink variant though. Word is that Apple will unveil the iPhone 5se on March 15 and start selling it by March 18, instead of putting it up for pre-order first. We’ll know more as the release date approaches.