The iPhone 'Special Edition' will be missing one major feature

Highly reliable supply chain analyst Ming Chi Kuo has detailed what to expect from the iPhone ‘Special Edition’ (SE), the latest rumoured device in Apple’s phone lineup.

Apple is expected to launch the iPhone SE, as well as a new iPad and Apple Watch accessories, at an event held on March 21, Buzzfeed reports.

Here’s what Kuo is expecting, via MacRumors:

  • The iPhone SE will feature iPhone 6S internals in an iPhone 5 body complete with a 4-inch screen, including an A9 chip and NFC, which enables Apple Pay
  • One key feature is missing: 3D touch, one of Apple’s key features for the Phone 6S that enables what is essentially a “right click” interaction, is expected to remain exclusive to Apple’s more premium iPhones
  • Changes from the 5S include a slightly larger battery and “slightly curved 2.5D glass like the iPhone 6 and newer”
  • Two storage capacities, 16GB and 64GB
  • Pricing between $400 and $500, lower than the iPhone 6 currently sells for
  • Apple will keep the iPhone 5S as its least expensive new iPhone, which could be discounted to as little as $225

Meanwhile, has photos of what it says are components for the iPhone SE, which depict a screen assembly, seemingly confirming that the iPhone SE will lack the hardware needed for 3D Touch:

These component spy shots come days after a schematic supposedly depicting the iPhone SE was leaked from a case manufacturer by OnLeaks:

People who are waiting for the iPhone 7, however, will need to hang on until September, when Apple traditionally reveals its new iPhones. Kuo notes that he’s expecting Apple to offer two different versions of the iPhone 7 Plus, one with a single camera, and one with dual-camera technology.

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