The iPhone SE (short for ‘Special Edition’) is Apple’s newest 4-inch iPhone, and its first 4-inch iPhone since the iPhone 5s in 2013.
It is on sale and like the iPhone 6s handsets, is available in silver, gold, Space Grey and Rose Gold.
The iPhone SE replaces the iPhone 5s in Apple’s smartphone line-up, and will consequently be the only 4-inch device Apple sells.
Design: It’s primarily made of aluminium, with matt chamfered edges. In fact, the design is strongly reminiscent of the iPhone 5s.
Colour options: Like the iPhone 6s handsets, the iPhone SE is available with a Rose Gold finish, alongside silver, gold and Space Grey.
Speed: The 64bit A9 processor chip makes the SE, in Apple’s words, “The most powerful 4-inch phone ever”. It offers the same speed as iPhone 6s. Indeed, Apple claims the SE is “the most powerful phone with a four-inch display” – speaking generally, not just comparing it with the company’s own offerings.
The company further pledges “two times faster CPU and three times faster GPU performance compared to iPhone 5s, all with gains in energy efficiency for improved battery life”. You can use Hey Siri.
Camera: The iPhone SE comes with a rear-facing 12Mp iSight Camera and the ‘Retina flash’ feature – when you’re taking selfies in low light you can make the display flash 3 times brighter than normal to light up the shot. In our experience this isn’t as strong as a conventional flash but is a pretty decent substitute. You can also shoot 4k video with the iPhone SE, and you can edit up to 2 streams of 4k video on the iPhone SE using iMovie. And you get Live Photos.
The iPhone SE’s camera is capable of panoramas of up to 63Mp, “video capture up to 60fps for 1080p video and 240fps for slo-mo, time-lapse with video stabilisation and cinematic video stabilisation”.
Connectivity: The iPhone SE offers LTE web connectivity that is 50 percent faster than the iPhone 5s.
You get 802.11ac and Wi-Fi calling.
And of course you get Touch ID – something which was offered on Apple’s last 4-inch iPhone. But executives seemed to be implying that it was the faster Touch ID component that comes with the iPhone 6s. We’ll have to try this out for ourselves