Apple's updated iPhone SE goes on sale today with a wallet-friendly launch price of £ 419 ($ 399 in US).
Comes in & # 39; middle of & # 39; e coronavirus lockon In many countries, most of Apple's stores are closed – except for those in China – so the new handset is only available for purchase online or through a mobile operator.
But at a time when many people are worried about their financial futures and may find it difficult to justify raising upwards of £ 1000 to one of Apple's flagship devices, the iPhone SE is a welcome addition to 39; e arrangement.
The new handset is the spiteful image of the iPhone 8, complete with glass front and back, 4.7-inch display, and a physical home button with an integrated TouchID fingerprint reader.
But Apple has made some major upgrades to bring the new iPhone SE in line with its latest iPhone 11 range, which launched in September 2019.
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The iPhone SE is physically identical to the iPhone 8, with a glass front and back, 4.7-inch display, and a physical home button. It is water resistant to 3.2 feet for 30 minutes
There is only one camera with one lens on the back. However, Apple's A13 Bionic chip supports advanced & # 39; computational photography & # 39; which means you can take photos of depth effect
IPHONE SE SPECS
Screen: 4.7-inch Retina HD display with True Tone
Cost: From £ 419 (£ 399)
Ships: April 24
Camera & # 39; s: Single wide lens 12MP rear camera and 7MP selfie camera
Powered by: A13 Bionic chip
Remember: 64GB, 128GB or 256GB
Identity verification: TouchID
Connectivity: 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC
Colors: Black, white and red
Waterproof rating: Up to 1 meter (just 3 feet) for 30 minutes
Namely, it provided a brain transplant in the & # 39; s form of its A13 Bionic chip – the same one & # 39; used in & # 39; an iPhone 11 – which is Apple's fastest processor and still built for efficiency.
This means that the iPhone SE is not only faster than the iPhone 8 and has a better battery life, but is future-proof for the next few years of iOS updates.
Moreover, although the new iPhone SE only has a 12-megapixel camera with one lens similar to the iPhone 8, the A13 chip makes it capable of capturing Portrait Mode's depth effects photos with software.
This is not very new – the iPhone XR, which launched in 2018, was able to capture portrait mode photos with just one lens.
But this is a set up with the iPhone SE, which is able to take advantage of Apple's depth controls and all six of its Portrait Lighting effects, making shots appear more dramatic.
The front camera also supports Portrait mode, so you can add a touch of flair to your selfies.
It lacks some of the high-end camera features that are not available on Apple's more expensive models, such as Night Mode, that help you capture detail in low-light conditions , and & # 39; Sloffies & # 39 ;, which are ultra-slow-motion selfie videos.
Portrait mode on iPhone SE also works only when you take photos of people – for example, you cannot record the same depth effect for pets or objects.
Comparison of portrait mode photos taken on iPhone SE (left) and iPhone 11 Pro (right)
IPhone SE supports Portrait mode, all six portrait lighting effects and depth control thanks to its A13 Bionic chip
But video quality is good, with the rear camera capable of capturing 4K recordings at 60 frames per second – which is the same as the iPhone 11. The selfie camera is capable of recording HD quality only.
The iPhone SE does not benefit from the & # 39; s high-screen view that has on Apple's other recent models.
This is only likely to bother you if you regularly use one of these phones – as much as a Samsung Galaxy with an & # 39; Infinity & # 39; image, for example.
Although a screen that covers the front of & # 39; phone is more visible, it does make a little difference from a functional perspective.
This is also not a FaceID – so you have to rely on the old-fashioned TouchID fingerprint reader to verify your identity and make purchases with Apple Pay.
It's slower and a little more clunky, but it works perfectly well and is just as secure as Apple & # 39; s face recognition technology.
Given that the iPhone SE is more than £ 200 cheaper than the iPhone XR, and £ 300 cheaper than the iPhone 11, these seem to make small sacrifices.
Other features of an iPhone that is worth noting is its water resistance – it can survive being submerged for up to 30 minutes in 3 feet underwater – and the fact that it can be recharged wirelessly.
It runs iOS 13, the latest version of Apple & # 39; s mobile operating system, which means you have access to all the latest software features.
These include Dark Mode, Sign in to Apple – which allows you to securely log in to websites without entering a password – and the latest version of Apple Maps.
The iPhone SE has a physical Home button with an integrated TouchID fingerprint reader, which can be used to unlock the phone and make payments. It does not support FaceID
The iPhone SE also does not benefit from the high-screen view that works on other recent Apple models
The iPhone SE comes in three colors – black, white and red – and is available in three storage options – 64GB, 128GB and 256GB
It's not an audio jack – Apple stopped including a dedicated headphone port on its iPhones back in 2016 – but it does come with an adapter in the box, however, and there's always the option of wireless headphones to use.
And like the rest of Apple's iPhones, there is no 5G option, so you are bound by 4G mobile speeds, though support for dual SIM is a welcome addition for those who don't use the same phone for them work and personal life.
The iPhone SE comes in three colors – black, white and red – and is available in three storage options – 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.
This is not a phone for people who don't like all the latest technology bells and whistles, but for those who aren't looking for something familiar and reliable in these unusual times, the iPhone SE fits the bill perfectly.
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