On Wednesday, Apple revealed the second-generation iPhone SE, a smaller and cheaper iPhone that holds the equivalent processing power as the $700 iPhone 11.
The iPhone SE is priced at $400 and can be pre-ordered on Friday ahead of shipping on April 24.
It is a development to the original iPhone SE that Apple had released in 2016 and will take over the $450 iPhone 8 in the firm’s listing. Also, Apple will carry on with selling the iPhone XR besides the new SE.
This new iPhone has a 4.7-inch display, exactly like the iPhone 8, and continues to work on the Apple’s popular A13 Bionic processor, the similar chip that powers the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro. Similar to the iPhone 8, the iPhone SE has a home button with built-in Touch ID.
A slew of leaks had recommended that a new iPhone SE was forthcoming. The latest report released on April 2 by 9to5Mac included details of the phone’s name and varied options of colors it would be available in.
This announcement is released amidst the coronavirus pandemic which has led to a disturbance in the supply chain and day-to-day operations of Apple and other established tech companies. Analysts have communicated that Apple’s expected 5G- facilitated iPhones might be postponed.
Competitor smartphone manufacturers like Google and Samsung have released their captivating low priced models. For example, Samsung recently introduced its $400 Galaxy A51 in the United States market – it provides a borderless display and a triple-lens camera whereas Google’s Pixel 3a debuted at $400 and was well acknowledged last spring.
This second-generation iPhone SE backs up portrait mode with lighting effects and Smart HDR by it’s has single-lens-12-megapixel wide-angle camera.
QuickTake, the new Apple feature introduced for the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro is also supported on the iPhone SE which lets you swiftly switch between photo and video mode.
The iPhone SE is the first of its size to offer portrait mode, an attribute that had been restrained for Apple’s Plus model iPhones only.
However, Apple’s new night-mode feature which is available on the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro is not supported by the new iPhone SE.
Also, the iPhone 11 has a dual camera and the 11 Pro has a triple-lens camera but iPhone SE has a single-lens camera – a reason why ultra-wide-angle shooting is not possible with this device.
The basic model has 64 GB storage, and will also be available in 128 GB and 256 GB versions.
The iPhone SE will be available in three colors – black, white and red finishes.
The iPhone SE is as significant for Apple as competitor companies like Google, Samsung and OnePlus amongst others as they resume to develop and release less expensive devices.
Concerning the market, there’s evidently a yearning desire for fast, capable smartphones that are pocket friendly unlike the $1000 iPhone 11 Pro or Galaxy S20. According to Counterpoint Research, in consideration of the third quarter of 2019, Apple’s $600 iPhone XR delivered an enthralling performance thus becoming the world’s best selling smartphone.
With the launch of iPhone SE, Apple has not just released a product that could captivate the audience but has even bridged the gap in its line of product delivery.