Apple Announces New iPhone SE

Brian Lipscomb
Apr 16, 2020 08:34 AM ET

Apple has announced a new lower cost phone, the iPhone SE. You may remember there being an iPhone SE some time ago, but that model was based on the iPhone 5S design. This new SE is based on the iPhone 8 design, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end. This new model has Apple’s A13 chip, the same that’s used in the current iPhone 11. That upgrade alone makes this model very desirable for those using older iPhones (I personally use a 6s, so this certainly applies to me).

Other features include an updated 12 megapixel rear camera that gains some HDR processing features due to the A13 processor. It also has a 7 megapixel front camera for selfies. Connectivity includes WiFi 6, Gigabit LTE, and in a first for a low-priced iPhone, you can have two numbers via the traditional SIM card and an eSIM.

The screen is 1334-by-750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi. There are three capacities available: 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. It is water resistant up to one meter for 30 minutes, and battery life is rated by Apple at about 8 hours of streaming video.

There are three colors available: White, Black, and as with other iPhones, a (Product) RED version. Lightning port earpods are included, as well as a charging cable and 5W adapter.

The Return of TouchID

While newer iPhones use FaceID for unlocking, the iPhone SE brings back TouchID, using your fingerprint to unlock. This will be a welcome feature for those who prefer using a fingerprint.

Probably the best thing about the iPhone SE is the price. The 64GB model can be yours for only $399, and Apple’s trade-in program applies if you have an older iPhone model.

The iPhone SE will be available to order on Friday, April 17, and will start shipping on April 24. For full specifications, see Apple’s iPhone SE page.