Apple is expected to unveil its latest iPhone, called the iPhone SE at an event in California later this month. But it may be something totally different from what most of us are expecting!

Apple generally updates its iPhone line-up once a year, at an event in September, but rumours have been building for months that Apple is developing a new device that will launch in Q1 of 2016.

Although there are plenty of rumours flying about the iPhone 7 , this is NOT that phone. The iPhone 7 is expected to launch in September 2016 – according to the usual schedule.

The phone that Apple is expected to launch later this month is what many people are now calling the iPhone SE – a smaller, cheaper device that will be sold alongside Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models. For long, some veteran apple fans have been cribbing about a 4-inch device (As per the choice of Steve Jobs) from apple, and the company seems to finally have obliged them.

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After weeks of rumours suggesting that Apple’s new smartphone would be called the iPhone 6c/5se, it is now to be understood that the Apple has decided to simply call it the iPhone SE.

A report in 9to5Mac claims that Apple has decided against naming the new handset after the 5s and 5c range of 2013, for fear of confusing customers.

This would mark the first iPhone upgrade without a number in its name, and would logically remove it from a yearly update cycle – suggesting it may be a one-off device.

The “SE” suffix has reportedly been described by Apple employees as a “special edition” variation of the iPhone screen size.