A poster on Chinese social media site Weibo has supposedly photographed part of the spec sheet for Apple’s soon-to-be-unveiled 4 inch iPhone. The image appeared on the social media site earlier in the week and is likely legitimate, given the official announcement is just a matter of days away.
The image confirms the rumored ‘iPhone SE’ nomenclature and existence of a 16 GB size option for the new phone. This confirms numerous reports from 9to5Mac in the past.
We have previously reported that the iPhone SE will come in 16 GB and 64 GB SKU’s. It will replace the iPhone 5s in the lineup which is currently offered in 16 GB and 32 GB configurations. The 16 -> 64 lineup matches with the trend of other iOS devices, like the flagship iPhones which are sold in 16 GB and 64 GB capacities, but not 32 GB. It will be offered in silver, space grey, gold and rose gold casing colors.
The leaked image also shows the phone supports NFC for Apple Pay. Again, this confirms our earlier reports. The inclusion of Apple Pay will help boost adoption of Apple’s mobile payments service, as the 5s (which the SE will replace) does not support the feature at all.
Interestingly, supply chain leaks about the iPhone SE have been practically non-existent … unusual for iPhone releases. We are already seeing plentiful leaks about the iPhone 7 due in the fall, for instance.
The silence (outside of our own coverage) is probably due to the fact that the iPhone SE will sell in far smaller volumes than flagship iPhones. In addition, it is expected to visually appear nearly identical to the iPhone 5s, making it less interesting for prospective leakers in factories.
Apple will announce the iPhone SE at an event on Monday. Read our full roundup of everything to expect, including a 9.7 inch iPad Pro and updates to the Apple Watch lineup.