iPhone 5se: Is this the new iPhone?

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Apple plans to launch a new 4 inch iPhone in March, according to reports.

The rumours surrounding the release of a smaller iPhone first circulated at the end of last week on the popular, and normally well informed Apple site, 9to5 Mac, which claimed the new iPhone would be called the iPhone 5se.

The ‘se’ will reportedly stand for ‘iPhone 5S ‘enhanced’ or ‘special edition’.

On Sunday, speculation over the imminent release of a smaller iPhone mounted further when a photo claiming to show the new iPhone 5se was posted on a Dutch Apple site.

The image, which allegedly showed the iPhone 5se next to the iPhone 5, actually looks more like a smaller version of the iPhone 6.

Aside from the physical similarities, the new model is likely to be similar in terms of specs to the iPhone 6, including an 8 megapixel camera, NFC and an A8 CPU.

The new iPhone 5se is also expected to include a 4 four inch retina display, in line with the display currently found on the iPhone 5s, although if earlier reports are to be believed, the new model will not include 3D Touch.

Other reports have suggested the iPhone 5se will include a metal chassis and will be available in a choice of gold, rose gold, silver and grey, like the iPhone 6s.

Of course Apple is no stranger to smaller sized phones and whilst a 4 inch device did not feature in its last two lineups, rumours have circulated for much of last year of a smaller device coming out of Cupertino.

Apple is expected to officially confirm its line up of new products in a special keynote later this quarter.

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