Apple introduced the 4-inch iPhone SE, its first 4-inch iPhone since 2013, on March 21, 2016. Described as the “most powerful 4-inch iPhone ever,” the iPhone SE marries the design of the iPhone 5s with many internal components from the iPhone 6s, resulting in an affordable, highly capable device that’s available in a small package.
Design wise, the iPhone SE uses the same body as the iPhone 5s, but it includes a color-matched inset stainless steel Apple logo and matte chamfered edges, contrasting the shiny chamfered edges and standard logo of the iPhone 5s. The iPhone SE is available in Silver, Space Gray, Gold, and Rose Gold.
An A9 chip with integrated M9 motion coprocessor, also used in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, powers the iPhone SE, enablingalways-on “Hey Siri” functionality. Its efficiency results inlonger battery life with up to 14 hours of talk time and 13 hours of Internet use.
Also adopted from the iPhone 6s is a rear-facing 12-megapixel camera which has faster focusing, better noise reduction, improved tone mapping, and a new image signal processor for sharper, more detailed photos. The iPhone SE can shoot 4K video and capture 63-megapixel panoramas, and it can take Live Photos, but there is no 3D Touch support.
The FaceTime HD camera has not been upgraded, continuing to support 1.2-megapixel photos and 720p video recording. Retina Flash, which lights up the iPhone’s display for illumination, is included.
Other iPhone SE features include faster LTE with support for up to 19 bands at speeds of up to 150MB/s, plus it has fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 support. A first-generation Touch ID sensor and an NFC chip are available in the iPhone SE, enabling Apple Pay functionality.
The most appealing aspect of the iPhone SE is its low price.
Apple is offering the iPhone SE in two configurations: 16GB of storage for $679 and 64GB of storage for $829.