After months of rumors, wild speculations and wishful thinking about Apple’s latest smartphone — Cupertino has finally put the debate on what features the iPhone SE would and wouldn’t to an eternal rest.
Firstly, Apple’s new kid on the block was rumored to called the iPhone 6c, then subsequently the iPhone 5 SE and a few other weird names before finally getting it right just days yo the launch. There were different opinions on the specs of Apple’s latest iPhone, from processor performance and camera design to salient details like the body finishing. Luckily for everyone, the iPhone SE is finally here, so just what does the SE look like and what are it chances in the market?
“Many, many customers have asked for this,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted during Apple’s launch event. “And I think they’re going to love it.”
This indicates, that for one, Apple hopes to sell quite a significant number of the iPhone SE, but just how much it hopes to sell is still a mystery.
When Apple’s top-of-the-line iPhone 6s and 6s plus made it début, iPhone fans were forced to accept the bigger 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch displays. Subsequently, getting a small phone stereotypically meant getting a phone that skimps on power or on the camera (or maybe both). The front line phrase was “bigger is better”. However, after the announcement of the iPhone SE, one of the smallest iPhone there is, the “bigger is better” ideology clearly does not apply here.
It uses, probably, a miniaturized design of the powerful A9 processor from the iPhone 6S and an M9 chip for motion tracking. It also features a 12 megapixel shooter, same as the 6s. Both the SE and 6s spot the same 12-megapixel sensor that’s capable of recording 4K video and shooting Live Photos. The new 4-inch iPhone however doesn’t have a pressure-sensitive display or 3D Touch like Apple’s bigger phones. But the iPhone SE does support Apple Pay, which can be used to make tap-to-pay purchases at retail stores and also in-app purchases. It also boost and identical processor performance with the 6s.
If you’ve seen the iPhone 5s, then you probably already know what the SE looks like. The appearance of the SE is the same as the iPhone 5s, a striking resemblance only easily differentiated by the addition of the rose gold color.
However, unlike the 5S, the SE boost powerful internals, representing a major leap
forward in specs, as now the company’s smaller-sized handset is basically on equal footing with the larger iPhones. Compared to the iPhone 5S, the iPhone SE, Apple’s latest smartphone has faster LTE, faster Wi-Fi (802.11ac), better battery life, new microphones, and the addition of Apple Pay support.
The iPhone SE starts at $399 with 16GB of storage and maxes out at $499 with 64GB. The reigning 2016 flagship will be available in gold and rose gold colors alongside more traditional light and dark options. The new iPhone will be available for preoders beginning March 24th and the phone will be available on March 31st. The SE will be in more than 100 countries by the end of May.
Yes, it’s a small iPhone and it is as powerful as any other.