Apple iPhone 5se release date: Device may arrive a week later on March 22

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A woman uses her mobile phone, an iPhone 6 by Apple in Munich downtown, Germany, January 27, 2016.
A woman uses her mobile phone, an iPhone 6 by Apple in Munich downtown, Germany, January 27, 2016. Reuters/Michaela Rehle

Apple traditionally releases one handset every year to upgrade its iPhone line-up, but in 2016, the tech giant is expected to launch two iPhones within the space of the year. Come March, Apple is slated to unveil its 4-inch iPhone, the iPhone 5se or iPhone 6c, with recent rumours indicating that the iPhone 5se release date will be on March 22.

Previous rumours suggested that the Cupertino-based tech giant would launch its new 4-inch iPhone alongside the iPad Air 3 on March 15. However, Korean website UnderKG is now saying that according to internal sources, Apple’s 4-inch iPhone will hit the market a week later on March 22.  

Apple is yet to officially confirm the iPhone 5se release date, so all speculations should be taken with a pinch of salt until the company sends out media invites for the launch of the device.

The rumoured iPhone 5se (or iPhone 6c) will reportedly come with upgraded hardware specs. The device will sport the latest Apple A9 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage capacity.

Other iPhone 5se specs include an NFC chip to support Apple Pay, support for always-on Siri and an improved 12-megapixel camera unit which supports Live Photos.

In terms of design, the iPhone 5se will be almost similar to the iPhone 5s with two exceptions. A recently leaked diagram from a case maker indicates that the edges along with the front glass panel of the 4-inch device might be slightly curved. There will also be a repositioning of the power button from the top edge to the right-upper edge of the handset.   

In related news, there are reports that Apple might come up with a smaller 9.7-inch iPad pro instead of the iPad Air 3 at its March event. The smaller version of the popular 12.9-inch iPad Pro is said to sport similar features as its bigger sibling.  

Apple is also expected to launch its flagship of 2016, the iPhone 7, at its fall event in September. Hoever, there is no official confirmation on the name and release date of this device.