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Compact iPhone 5se/ 6c Could Have The Same Apple A9 Chip As The iPhone 6s/ 6s Plus

20 February 2016, 10:09 am EST By Alexandra Burlacu Tech Times
Apple moved to larger screens with its latest iPhone generations, but is widely expected to bring back the small form factor as well. The 4-inch iPhone 5se/iPhone 6c should debut in March and will reportedly pack an Apple A9+M9 CPU combo just like the current iPhone flagships.  ( Justin Sullivan | Getty Images )

The much rumored iPhone 5se or iPhone 6c, whatever it may be called, will reportedly pack the same Apple A9 chip as the current iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus flagships.

Not much solid information is available regarding Apple's upcoming 4-inch iPhone, but the rumor mill is always busy churning in anticipation. The iPhone 5se/iPhone 6c is widely expected to debut on March 15, alongside an iPad Air 3, and go on sale on March 18. More details now reach the surface, aiming to paint a clearer picture of what to expect.

While some previous rumors suggested that the compact iPhone 5se/iPhone 6c could pack an Apple A8 processor with an M8 motion co-processor, new information now points to a more powerful A9+M9 combo.

If this turns out to be accurate, it means that Apple's upcoming 4-inch iPhone will not compromise performance despite its small size.

Apple took a long time to move to larger screen sizes for its iPhones, and its shift to 4.7- and 5.5-inch displays was widely seen as a positive change. However, many fans still yearn for that compact iPhone size they were accustomed to, and Apple wants to bring it back.

A new report from Bloomberg now reveals that the upcoming 4-inch iPhone will boast the CPU combo of the current iPhone 6s/ 6s Plus because Apple wants to offer a solid performance.

Launching a small iPhone that feels outdated and weak could deal a major blow to its sales, but a powerful iPhone 5se/ iPhone 6c could bring in $5.5 billion for Apple.

At the same time, the smaller iPhone would still differentiate itself from the upcoming flagships. While it will be powerful enough with an A9+M9 combo, it would still lag behind the upcoming iPhone 7 powerhouse that should pack a new Apple A10 processor. This means that Apple would still have a clear distinction between its top-end models and the smaller iPhone, but without sacrificing too much.

It's all still in the rumor state for now, however, as Apple made no official comment regarding its plans for future products. It remains to be seen whether this 4-inch iPhone will launch as the iPhone 5se or the iPhone 6c, but more information should become available shortly.

If the March unveiling turns out to be accurate, we'll soon know all there is to know about the compact iPhone soon enough. We'll keep you up to date as soon as we learn more, so stay tuned.

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