Earlier this week we shared drawings of Apple’s upcoming 4-inch device and reported that Apple plans to call the device the iPhone SE. Now, French site NowhereElse has shared images that claim to show the front display portion of the upcoming device. We’ve long reported that the iPhone SE won’t feature support for 3D Touch, and these images corroborate that.
3D Touch, a flagship feature of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, works by taking advantage of a pair of capacitive touch sensors beneath the display. As you can see in the image above, which shows the iPhone SE next to the iPhone 6s, the smaller device lacks the sensors necessary to support 3D Touch.
Other than the lack of 3D Touch, the leaked images don’t appear to show too much about the iPhone SE. 3D Touch was one of the features highlighted the most when Apple announced the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus last year. The company also touted Live Photos, a feature that the smaller iPhone SE is expected to offer.
Our own Mark Gurman shared design drawings of Apple’s rumored iPhone SE earlier this week. The images show a design that’s nearly identical to that of the iPhone 5s, but with slightly curved edges. While some have reported that the power button will be moved to the side like the iPhone 6s, Mark recently confirmed that the power button for the iPhone SE will be on the top.
Apple is expected to announce the iPhone SE, as well as new Apple Watch model options and a new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, at a press event on March 15. The iPad Pro is expected to offer Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil support, while the Watch is expected to gain a new Space Black Milanese Loop and NATO-style nylon straps.
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