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iPhone 5se case hints at device near-identical to iPhone 5s

For months there’s been debate whether the forthcoming 4-inch sub-flagship iPhone 5se would mirror the design language of the firm’s 5s or 6 releases.

In recent weeks speculation appears to have settled on the former, with new information on Wednesday evening apparently backing up that sentiment.

The influential 9to5Mac blog has obtained case mock-ups (below) from a manufacturer claiming to show the device will be more or less identical to the 2013 iPhone 5s in terms of design.

The cases legislate for the rumoured shifting of the power button to the side of the device and the curved edges, a la the iPhone 6 and 6s ranges

See also: Why we need an iPhone 5se

5se case

According to the manufacturer though, 5s cases will fit the new 4-inch device so if you haven’t been able to pull yourself away from the smaller screened device you’ll be able to upgrade without ditching your favourite case.

Apple is expected to launch the device at a specially convened event on March 15 and release it for sale just three days later on March 18.

Also appearing at the event should be the iPad Air 3, while there are rumoured to be Apple Watch developments. Whether that’ll be in the form of a second generation wearable or more variants of the first-gen model remains to be seen.

However, some retailers are already discounting the original Apple Watch, often a sign that a new device is on the way.

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