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iPhone SE set for March unveiling 'identical' to iPhone 5s: Report

Spoiler alert: A reputable Apple-watcher has published the details for the iPhone SE, and it's not what some were expecting.
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The iPhone SE planned for Apple's media event on Tuesday, March 21 will be "identical" to the iPhone 5s, according to Mark Gurman of 9to5mac, a reputable source on Apple rumors.

Previous rumors indicated Apple would incorporate design from the iPhone 6s into the new smartphone, which will be aimed at the budget market. Instead, the iPhone SE will look "almost exactly the same" as the iPhone 5s -- aka a boxy design.

Further, the iPhone SE is said to have an A9 processor, M9 chip for always-on "Hey Siri" support, NFC for Apple Pay, 12-megapixel camera with Live Photos, and 4k video. It will come in 16GB and 64GB storage offerings, in silver, rose gold, and space gray, priced at $450 off-contract.

Apple is also expected to unveil a 9.7-inch iPad Pro and new Apple Watch bands at the media event.

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