Apple iPhone 5SE vs iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C: What’s the rumoured difference?

Apple is rumoured to have an event scheduled for 15 March, where it is thought the company will unveil the iPhone 5SE, previously known as theiPhone 6C.

The iPhone 5SE is expected to launch as the successor to the 4-inch iPhone 5S, bringing a new, smaller iPhone to the company’s line up.

We have put the rumoured and speculated specs of the iPhone 5SE up against the iPhone 5S and the older, but still relevant, iPhone 5C to see what the differences are and what the new device might offer. Will it do enough to entice an upgrade for those that want to stick with the smaller iPhone?

The Apple iPhone 5C measures 124.4 x 59.2 x 8.97mm and weighs 132g. It comes in white, pink, yellow, blue and green colour options and it features a plastic shell casing.

The Apple iPhone 5S measures 128.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm and hits the scales at 112g. It features an aluminium body that comes in silver or space grey colour options.

The Apple iPhone 5SE has been rumoured to be a development of the 5S, hence the name, but with elements of the iPhone 6 and 6S design including the curved edges. It is thought the iPhone 5SE will be slimmer than the currentiPhone 5S and built in aluminium rather than plastic like the iPhone 5C, which was what was originally thought.

It has also been suggested the iPhone 5SE will come in the same colours as theiPhone 6S, which if true would mean silver, space grey, gold and rose gold colour offerings.

The iPhone 5C launched before Touch ID did meaning there is no fingerprint sensor on board the colourful little device. There is however on the iPhone 5S, although it doesn’t support Apple Pay. It is thought the iPhone 5SE will have both Touch ID within the home button, and NFC on board to support Apple Pay.

The Apple iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S both feature a 4-inch display with a resolution of 1136 x 640, which delivers a pixel density of 326ppi.

The iPhone 5SE is said to be coming with the same size 4-inch display as well as the same resolution as its predecessors, which would make sense.

The chances of seeing 3D Touch, which is Apple’s version of a pressure-sensitive display that launched on the latest iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are slim to none as the iPhone 5SE is pitched at the lower end of the iPhone spectrum.

The Apple iPhone 5C and 5S both come with 8-megapixel rear cameras and 1.2-megapixel front facing cameras. It isn’t all about the megapixels though, with various features added to the 5S that aren’t present on the 5C.

Rumour has it the iPhone 5SE will also come with an 8-megapixel rear snapper and a 1.2-megapixel front snapper but it is likely to be the same as the iPhone5S and iPhone 6 rather than the iPhone 5C.

This will mean a slightly wider aperture, f/2.2 instead of f/2.4, which will allow for better low light images in comparison to the iPhone 5C. It will also mean features such as True Tone flash, auto HDR and automatic face detection.

The Apple iPhone 5C comes in storage options of 16GB and 32GB, which is the same for the iPhone 5S and it is thought will be the same for the iPhone 5SE too.

In terms of processor, the iPhone 5C is the oldest of the devices being compared here and offers an A6 chip under its hood. The iPhone 5S has an A7 processor and M7 motion co-processor so a little faster, but both are supported by 1GB of RAM.

The iPhone 5SE is rumoured to be joining the iPhone line-up with an A9 processor and M9 motion co-processor, which would be the same as theiPhone 6S, if true. It is also thought the RAM support will increase to 2GB, which is also the same as the latest iPhones.

When it comes to battery capacity, the iPhone 5C is thought to have a 1510mAh battery inside, while the iPhone 5S is said to jump this up to 1560mAh. The iPhone 5SE however is claimed to be coming with a 1642mAh battery capacity, which coupled with a faster processor should mean a big improvement on battery life over the 5C and 5S.

The Apple iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S both run on iOS 9 as this is the latest iOS software build from Apple. Neither offer all the features iOS 9 is capable of, such as LIve Photos or the force touch shortcuts, but that’s because their hardware doesn’t allow for that.

The iPhone 5SE will also launch on iOS 9 but it too will probably not support those newer features found on the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, which means a very similar experience to the 5C or 5S. It is almost certain the new device will support Apple Pay however, as we mentioned previously, so expect that if nothing else.

Assuming the iPhone 5SE launches at all, it will more than likely bring quite a few upgrades to the iPhone 5C especially, as well as the iPhone 5S.

We suspect a metal build is more likely than a plastic one and we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see it feature some design elements from the iPhone 6, including the curves and the slimmer body.

A 4-inch display at the same resolution as the 5C and 5S is a good bet and we’d also expect to see a similar camera offering to the 5S. Chances are the processor will see an upgrade though, as well as possibly the RAM and battery capacity.

Everything is based on rumours and speculation for now but if you’re hoping to upgrade from an iPhone 5S or 5C, we suspect the iPhone 5SE will be a good choice. We will update this feature when and if the official specs come in, as well as when any new leaks surface so keep checking back.


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