For several years now, Apple’s iPhone has trended bigger - but with the announcement of the iPhone SE, Apple has returned to its roots. The new 4-inch device is the same size as the previous iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s, but with the same software and hardware capabilities of the newer iPhone 6s. With nearly 30 million 4-inch iPhones sold in 2015 alone, the demand has clearly been there for the smaller device, and Apple is poised to fill that void. The phone, which will start at $399 for the 16GB model, and $499 for the 64GB model, is available for pre-orders now, and will hit the shelves in the United States on March 31.
Smaller Size, Same Power
Despite returning to the size of Apple’s previous models, the iPhone SE will be 50% faster than the iPhone 5s, with a graphics processing unit that is three times faster, much like the iPhone 6s. Additionally, the 12 megapixel camera features “Live Photos”, a feature of the 6s which allows users to capture moments just prior and just after a photo. The phone will also be capable of Apple Pay, the mobile payments solution, meaning not only will your phone be smaller, but your wallet will be slimmer.
But What’s Different?
Beyond its size, the SE differs from the 6s in several areas. The iPhone SE will not have 3D Touch, the pressure-sensitive technology that leads to different outcomes based on the pressure placed on the display. Due to the smaller size, Reachability and Display Zoom will not be on the SE despite being on the iPhone 6s. These are the only accommodations users will have to make, however.
The Right Time for an SE
The iPhone SE will be the cheapest entry into the iPhone series, which comes at a critical time in the evolution of mobile carriers in the United States. Most major carriers have begun to shift from contracts to installment plans, with consumers no longer able to get an upgrade subsidy when purchasing a new smartphone. Because of this, consumers who want an iPhone have an affordable option.
Is It Worth Buying?
Obviously, this question can only be answered by each individual consumer, but there is no reason to avoid the iPhone SE when considering a new phone. A definite plus for the SE is the ability to use it entirely with one hand - a feature that Apple used to promote heavily when compared to larger Android phones. Additionally, despite being the most affordable iPhone yet, there is no reason to believe the SE is a “lower quality” option. If you’re tired of phones increasingly becoming tablet sized, or simply don’t care about the size of your phone, the SE is a great option.
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