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Apple iPhone SE planned for March 21 debut with 9.7″ iPad Pro, likely to be priced between $400-$500

Several images believed to be that of the 4-inch budget iPhone is doing the rounds of the net. However, there is precious little that is discernible from the leaked images, except that the new iPhone SE will lack 3D Touch feature.

That is pretty much understandable considering 3D Touch happens to be one of the biggest draws of the flagship iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Including that on alleged iPhone SE would have diluted its appeal on the flagship models. The rumor mills though believe the iPhone SE will feature Live Photo support.

Meanwhile, some point out the 4-inch iPhone SE could end up being more costly than initially expected. Though anything definite isn’t available as yet, but word on the street is that the SE variant could be priced between $400 and $500. If that is the price tag that the 4-inch iPhone variant goes on sale at then it could be beyond the mid-range segment that it was initially believed to be aimed at.

iPhone SE (left) lacks the modular 3D Touch components highlighted on the iPhone 6S (right).

Although, the iPhone SE is rumored to come with an impressive internal build up. It includes the latest A9 chip along with 32 and 64 GB internal memory options. The handset will also be compatible with Apple Pay and might feature a 12-megapixel rear camera as well. A 1642 mAh battery is expected to be the power source.

The chassis design of the iPhone SE is virtually identical to the iPhone 5S

In another related development, Apple’s iPhone 5S that till now retailed for $450 could benefit from a 50 percent price cut. This, if true, will result in the 5S retailing for $225 which again is just right for the mid-range segment.

Apple is also reported to be providing a complete overhaul to the 9.7-inch iPad by including it into the iPad Pro range. That would make for a considerable upgrade for the 9.7-inch variant which includes a faster processor, Apple Pencil compatible display, and stereo speakers along with the Smart Keyboard.

Among the other goodies that Apple has lined up for the event — likely to be held on March 21 — includes colorful bands for Apple Watch apart from the iPhone SE as well as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.