Apple iPhone 5SE and iPad Air 3 could carry A9 and A9X SoCs
A visit to see one of Apple's chief processor architects by Bloomberg editors naturally led itself to a plethora of secrets and behind-the-scenes struggles on the inner workings of the Cupertino company. One interesting leak from the visit claims that not only is the 4-inch iPhone 5SE in the works, but it will use the same Apple A9 SoC as on the current iPhone 6S and 6S Plus as previously expected.
Additionally, the iPad Air 3 tablet is expected to ship with the Apple A9X, which is the same processor used on the larger iPad Pro. The A9X is Apple's fastest SoC currently available and should provide a significant performance boost over the A8X in the iPad Air 2.
The Bloomberg report seemingly confirms existing rumors of the 4-inch iPhone and iPad Air 3. Apple will likely formally announce both models this coming March 15th during a press event for a launch as early as March 18th.
The iPhone 5SE is expected to carry NFC to accelerate the adoption rate of Apple Pay. The contact-less payment method is currently competing against Google Wallet and Samsung Pay, both of which also utilize NFC as the medium for payment.