Apple Inc. (AAPL) just took the wraps off the iPhone SE, its new 4-inch iPhone. The device has been rumored for months and much of the online speculation turned out to be true — including the name. And, as expected, the iPhone SE pushed the iPhone 5S out of Apple’s lineup as the new smaller and more affordable iPhone option.
Now that we know exactly what AAPL is offering consumers who aren’t enamoured with the iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus, here are the 10 things you need to know about the iPhone SE.
10 Things You Want to Know About the iPhone SE
1. The iPhone SE is the most powerful 4-inch smartphone ever. Apple is using the same 64-bit A9 processor powering the iPhone 6S, giving the iPhone SE double the CPU performance and three times the graphics power of the iPhone 5S. It also has 2GB of RAM, the same as the iPhone 6S and double what the iPhone 6 has.
2. The iPhone SE looks like an updated iPhone 5S. While there was speculation it would get the iPhone 6 rounded treatment, the iPhone SE retains the “beloved design” of the iPhone 5 series, with aluminum, glass and chamfered edges. It retains the 4-inch Retina display at 326 ppi and at 3.99 oz it’s the lightest iPhone in Apple’s lineup.
3. It’s not just the CPU that’s faster, connectivity is way faster too. The iPhone SE gets 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and improved LTE support compared to the iPhone 5S. That means faster wireless and support for Wi-Fi calling.
4. Apple included a good camera. The iPhone SE isn’t hobbled when it comes to photography, offering the same 12MP, f/2.2 aperture iSight camera offered in the iPhone 6S. It includes support for Live Photos, Slo-Mo and 4K video. However, the front “selfie” camera is a 1.2 MP version, which is much lower resolution than the 5MP shooter in the iPhone 6S
5. The iPhone SE is Apple’s most affordable new phone. Starting at $399 unlocked, this is the lowest priced new iPhone Apple has ever released. AAPL says it will start at $13.30/month when financed through a carrier.
6. But most people will be better off opting for the $499 model. That lowball $399 iPhone SE has just 16GB of storage and with Live Photos and 4K video it will fill up fast. An extra hundred bucks upgrades the phone to a much more useful 64GB of storage.
7 The iPhone SE doesn’t offer 3D Touch Support. Apple had to hold back at least one key feature — besides size and better selfies — to get you to pay for a more expensive iPhone. If you want 3D Touch, you’ll have to pay the extra for an iPhone 6S.
8. The iPhone SE’s Touch ID sensor and NFC chip supports Apple Pay. Finally, small iPhone users can experience the joy of paying for coffee with their smartphone.
9. Battery life is rated for up to 14 hours talk time or 13 hours of video playback. That places the iPhone SE between the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus when it comes to battery life, and it’s significantly better than the iPhone 5S could manage. Going small doesn’t mean having to carry a recharger with you.
10. You can pre-order the iPhone SE starting March 24. And it comes in Rose Gold.
As of this writing, Brad Moon did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.
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