Apple’s 2016 iPhone could be called iPhone 6SE, not iPhone 7
If the latest rumours are anything to go by, the next iPhone will be called iPhone 6SE, suggesting that the bigger model(s) will be iPhone 6SE Plus and iPhone 6SE Pro. The latter model is still up for debate, but yet another leak suggests the dual-camera and smart connector-equipped “Pro” model is still in Apple’s plans.
The information comes through ApfelPage.de’s Chinese manufacturer sources who claim to have received accessory packaging already marked up with the new moniker. With that said, accessory makers can often predict incorrectly and have – on more than one occasion – printed either vague, or incorrect names on their case packaging. In short: Take it with a pinch of salt, as with any rumour.
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It’s long been rumoured that Apple is saving its next major iPhone redesign for next year in order to celebrate the phone’s 10th anniversary in style. All digital and physical leaks published online so far have gone along with that rumour so far. All case and design leaks look virtually identical to the current generation of iPhones, except for the minor changes around the antenna bands and the camera protrusion.
Naming it the 6SE fits in with those rumours. It looks like an iPhone 6, and so keeping the 6-series branding works, and adding the “SE” distinguishes it from the 6 and 6S ranges. Critically, it also ties the lineup in nicely with the iPhone SE which Apple launched earlier this year.
As for the aforementioned leak, yet again it shows three different models. There’s the regular and “Plus”-sized models as well as a third model which has a dual camera system as well as the three connector dots. The connection points would presumably be used for accessories like the smart keyboard currently available for the iPad Pro.
Apple is expected to show off the new iPhones at an event at some point in September. It’s more than likely that the Cupertino-based company will go with a retail launch during the week of the 12 September, specifically, “it should happen on Friday, Sept. 16th” according to a tweet from Evan Blass.