Apple's New iPhone SE is a No-Brainer Upgrade: Everything You Need To Know

16 April 2020
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Affordable, pocketable, and—wait, is that the home button?!

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Big phone haters, congrats! This morning, Apple announced a new iPhone SE. The phone looks like the iPhone of your memories, with a smaller 4.7-inch screen, a single camera on the back, wireless charging, and a home button (which means TouchID)—plus it's juiced up with A13 Bionic, the processing chip in the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. But the new iPhone SE's killer app? Its $400 price tag.

That means the second-generation iPhone SE should be particularly appealing if...

Your phone started today fully charged but was at 30 percent by noon.

Your upgrade schedule mirrors that of the Summer Olympics.

You absolutely need a new phone right now, and want to see what the iPhone 12 brings.

You've given in to your tween's relentless demands for a phone.

Your hands, they are small.

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To that last point: the new iPhone SE's 4.7-inch Retina screen is slightly bigger than that of the previous-generation iPhone SE, which was the same size as the iPhone 5 (which dropped back in...2012), which means it's still small enough to comfortably hold and use with one hand. And for the many who refuse to forsake that home button life—particularly those with disabilities that make the iPhone 11's all-swipe interface difficult—the SE keeps the dream alive.

Choose your iPhone SE color: black, white, or PRODUCT(RED)

Apple iPhone SE, $400 at Apple

The big draw of the new iPhone SE, however, is the processor—though not because you should care much about the milliseconds determining how fast apps launch. Apple says the processor is what makes the camera the "best single-camera system ever in an iPhone"—including why the SE is able to include Portrait mode. The A13 bionic also makes the iPhone SE a bit more future proof than Apple's bottom-of-the-line phones tend to be.

Apple is not known for offering uncomplicated lineups. If you want to buy one of its computers or tablets, for instance, you'll find yourself attempting to untangle a head-spinning maze of model names with vastly different features and specifications as you try to make your decision. The release of the iPhone SE, assuming it is as good as promised, really makes picking the right iPhone a lot easier. If you're looking for a new iPhone and don't need every bell, whistle, and wide-angle lens, the iPhone SE has you covered.


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