It almost feels as if the iPhone 5se is now a done deal. Major sources like The Guardian and The Independent are reporting on it, specs have been alluded to, and, if 9to5Mac are to be believed, we even have a name for Apple’s 4in device. And this got us thinking: what would make us want to buy a 4in iPhone?
Here are six of our most wanted features for the iPhone 5se — features that would make the handset a worthy update on last year’s iPhone 6 and the iPhone 5s.
One of the biggest mistakes with the iPhone 5c was its polycarbonate body. Yeah, it was plastic when aluminum had become the material of choice for other iPhones. If the iPhone 6c is to succeed where the iPhone 5c fails it MUST have an aluminum body. An aluminum body means the device will be thinner and, of course, give it that sleek, sexy look.
The only case where the iPhone 6c could be forgiven if it does have a plastic body is if it's a truly budget iPhone. But the iPhone 5c was marketed as a low cost iPhone, yet it still sold for only $100 less than the iPhone 5s. For all the tech trade offs you needed to accept with the iPhone 5c, those savings weren’t worth it.
Cool color options
One thing the iPhone 5c did get right is that is came in five different colors: blue, green, pink, yellow, and white. Here’s hoping that the iPhone 6c continues that tradition, albeit with a colored aluminum body instead of a colored plastic one. Apple does colored aluminum very successfully in the iPod touch line, so they could more than carry it off with the iPhone 6c. We’re hoping for red, blue, green, and purple options along with a neutral black and a silver model as well.
32GB base storage, minimum
Look, this bit of advice doesn’t just go for the iPhone 6c, but every future iPhone as well. Apple needs to drop the 16GB entry level storage option. No one—I mean NO ONE—should ever buy a 16GB smartphone. You’ll use up all the storage as soon as you start recording HD video or taking lots of pictures. At the least the entry level iPhone 6c should offer 32GB of storage. If it doesn’t, Apple should just call it a day and not even release the iPhone 6c. We’re really hoping the iPhone 6c comes in at least two storage sizes: 32GB and 64GB.
Another reason the iPhone 5c was such a let down is because Apple stuck an older generation chip in it at the time. It had a A6 chipset at the time other iPhones had the much faster A7. Currently the flagship iPhone 6s features the A9 chipset. We really believe that considering the iPhone 6c is coming out almost six months AFTER the iPhone 6s it should sport the A9 chip as well. Why? Because in just 8 more months the next iPhone (the iPhone 7) will be coming out with the A10 chipset, so by that time the A9 chip in iPhone 6c will already be one generation old—and it probably won’t receive another spec bump until well into 2017. If Apple opts to only put an A8 in the iPhone 6c it will quickly become outdated.
Another thing the iPhone 5c lacked was the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. If you’ve ever used an iPhone with Touch ID you’ll know how much easier it makes your life. Unlocking your phone happens in microseconds—no passcode required. At the time of the iPhone 5c’s release the Touch ID was cutting edge tech on the then-new iPhone 5s. But now it’s tech that is to be expected, so Apple better include it on the iPhone 6c.
NFC and Apple Pay
Finally, there’s Apple Pay. If you’ve used Apple Pay, you’ll know how awesome it is. I can’t remember the last time I bought something using my chip and pin. I just wave my iPhone over the contactless terminal with my finger on the Touch ID and my payment is processed in seconds. Since Apple Pay has been around for two years now, I’m hoping that the iPhone 6c will support it. In order for it to do so it will need two things: the aforementioned Touch ID and also an NFC chip. Enabling Apple Pay on the iPhone 6c could go a long way to greatly expanding Apple’s mobile payment efforts.