Apple unveiled the new iPhone SE (Special Edition) in Cupertino, California, Monday, March 21.
Within hours of its announcement, The Verge speculated that Apple might have discontinued the 2013 flagship handset iPhone 5S.
Even in Apple's official device portfolio webpage, iPhone 5S is missing and has been replaced by the new iPhone SE, leading many to believe that the company might have ditched the 2013 flagship model.
International Business Times India, to ascertain the authenticity of the report, contacted Apple's authorised retailer (in India) Imagine. The sales representative informed IBT that they had not received any intimation from Apple with regard to iPhone 5S' discontinuation.
Apple's official distributor Redington (Bengaluru) office also informed IBT that they had also not received any notification from the Cupertino-based company on stopping iPhone 5S sales in India.
From what we have gathered, Apple is expected to slash iPhone 5S' price soon after iPhone SE hits stores in India early next month.
Key features of Apple iPhone SE and iPhone 5S:
|Models||iPhone SE||iPhone 5S|
|Display||4.0-inch LED back-lit retina display (1136x640p)
||4.0-inch widescreen retina display with 1136x640p resolutionsPixel density: 326 ppi (pixels per inch)|
|OS||iOS 9.3 (update released)||iOS 9.3 (out-of-the-box)|
|Processor||64-bit class Apple A9 CPU with M9 motion co-processor||64-bit Apple A7 processor (up to twice faster than the previous generation chipset-A6), and M7 motion co-processor|
|Storage||16GB/64GB (no microSD card slot)||16GB/32GB/64GB (no microSD card slot)|
|Battery||Built-in rechargeable lithium‑ion battery
||Around 1570 mAh;
|Add-ons||Touch ID fingerprint sensor, always on Siri (digital voice assistant), Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2, NFC (Near Field Communication),A-GPS, GLONASS, iBeacon micro-location, FaceTime Wi-Fi (both video and audio) calling,||Finger-print scanner on Home button, improved voice-search feature Siri, NFC, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n, 2.4GHz & 5GHz), MIMO, Bluetooth v4.0,A-GPS, GLONASS, digital compass|
|Dimensions||123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm||123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm|
|Weight||113 g||112 g|
|Colour||gold, silver, space grey and rose gold||gold, silver white and space grey|