Here Comes the Cute Apple Iphone SE

Size doesn’t matter, at least, that is what Apple is gunning for with the launch of the smallest iPhone ever, the Apple iPhone SE. With last years’ launch of the iPhone 6S, we saw a bigger iPhone. Although most of those who bought the iPhone 6s felt fine with the larger-sized phones some were not and these “clients” may have been the focus, not to mention offering a more affordable iPhone to the public.

The Apple iPhone SE

The Apple iPhone SE to summarize is an iPhone with the size of an iPhone 5S, the power or specifications of an iPhone 6S without the 3D touch technology. So yes, the Apple iPhone SE is built with the features of an iPhone 6S which mean your favorite touch ID fingerprint sensor is also included. Unlike the screen size of the iPhone 6 which is 4.7″ and the iPhone 6S which is 5.5″ display, the iPhone SE has a smaller 4-inch retina display.

The Apple iPhone SE Specs

Here are the notable specifications of the new Apple iPhone SE.

CategorySpecifications
Capacity16GB
64GB
Display4-inch Retina Display
4‑inch (diagonal) LED‑backlit widescreen Multi‑Touch display

1136‑by‑640‑pixel resolution at 326 ppi

800:1 contrast ratio (typical)

500 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)

Full sRGB standard

Fingerprint‑resistant oleophobic coating

Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
ChipA9 chip with 64‑bit architecture

Embedded M9 motion coprocessor
iSight Camera12‑megapixel iSight camera with 1.22µ pixels

Live Photos

Autofocus with Focus Pixels

True Tone flash

Panorama (up to 63 megapixels)

Auto HDR for photos

Exposure control

Burst mode

Timer mode

ƒ/2.2 aperture

Five‑element lens

Hybrid IR filter

Backside illumination sensor

Sapphire crystal lens cover

Auto image stabilization

Improved local tone mapping

Improved noise reduction

Face detection

Photo geotagging
Video Recording4K video recording (3840 by 2160) at 30 fps

1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps

720p HD video recording at 30 fps

True Tone flash

Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps

Time‑lapse video with stabilization

Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p)

Continuous autofocus video

Improved noise reduction

Take 8-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video

Playback zoom

3x zoom

Face detection

Video geotagging
Facetime HD Camera1.2‑megapixel photos

720p HD video recording

Retina Flash

ƒ/2.4 aperture

Auto HDR for photos

Backside illumination sensor

Exposure control

Improved local tone mapping

Face detection

Timer mode

Burst mode
Touch IDFingerprint sensor built into the Home button
Apple PayPay with your iPhone using Touch ID in stores and within apps

Receive and redeem rewards using rewards cards
Cellular and WirelessModel A1662*
LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 29)

CDMA EV‑DO Rev. A (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)

UMTS/HSPA+/DC‑HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)

GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

Model A1723*
LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28)

TD‑LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40, 41)

TD‑SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)

CDMA EV‑DO Rev. A (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)

UMTS/HSPA+/DC‑HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)

GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

All models
802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi

Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology

NFC
LocationAssisted GPS and GLONASS

Digital compass

Wi‑Fi

Cellular

iBeacon microlocation
Video CallingFaceTime video calling over Wi‑Fi or cellular
Audio CallingFaceTime audio

Voice over LTE (VoLTE)

Wi‑Fi calling
Audio PlaybackAudio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE‑AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

User‑configurable maximum volume limit
TV and VideoAirPlay Mirroring, photos, audio, and video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later)

Video mirroring and video out support: Up to 1080p through Lightning Digital AV Adapter and Lightning to VGA Adapter (adapters sold separately)

Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 4K, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC‑LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG‑4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC‑LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M‑JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
SiriUse your voice to send messages, set reminders, and more

Get proactive suggestions

Use hands‑free

Listen and identify songs
Power and BatteryTalk time:
Up to 14 hours on 3G

Internet use:
Up to 12 hours on 3G,
up to 13 hours on LTE,
up to 13 hours on Wi‑Fi

Video playback:
Up to 13 hours

Audio playback:
Up to 50 hours

Standby time:
Up to 10 days

Built‑in rechargeable lithium‑ion battery
Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter
SensorsTouch ID fingerprint sensor

Three‑axis gyro

Accelerometer

Proximity sensor

Ambient light sensor
Operating System
iOS 9
The world’s most advanced mobile operating system gets major enhancements to built‑in apps, a smarter Siri and search, and much more.
HeadphonesApple EarPods with Remote and Mic

Storage and travel case
SIM CardNano-SIM

iPhone SE is not compatible with existing micro‑SIM cards.
Rating For Hearing AidsModel A1662, A1723: M3, T4
Mail Attachment SupportViewable document types
.jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel); .zip; .ics
System RequirementsApple ID (required for some features)

Internet access8

Syncing with iTunes on a Mac or PC requires:

Mac: OS X v10.8.5 or later
PC: Windows 7 or later
iTunes 12.3.3 or later
Environmental RequirementsOperating ambient temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)

Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (‑20° to 45° C)

Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing

Operating altitude: tested up to 10,000 feet (3000 m)
LanguagesLanguage support
English (Australia, Canada, UK, U.S.), Chinese (Simplified, Traditional, Traditional Hong Kong), French (Canada, France), German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish (Latin America, Mexico, Spain), Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

QuickType keyboard support
English (Australia, Canada, India, Singapore, UK, U.S.), Chinese ‑ Simplified (Handwriting, Pinyin, Stroke), Chinese ‑ Traditional (Cangjie, Handwriting, Pinyin, Stroke, Sucheng, Zhuyin), French (Belgium, Canada, France, Switzerland), German (Austria, Germany, Switzerland), Italian, Japanese (Kana, Romaji), Korean, Spanish (Mexico, Spain), Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Cherokee, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Emoji, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, Flemish, Greek, Gujarati, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi (Devanagari, Transliteration), Hinglish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Marathi, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Cyrillic, Latin), Slovak, Slovenian, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese

QuickType keyboard support with predictive input9
English (Australia, Canada, India, Singapore, UK, U.S.), Chinese (Simplified, Traditional), French (Belgium, Canada, France, Switzerland), German (Austria, Germany, Switzerland), Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish (Mexico, Spain), Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Thai, Turkish

Dictation languages
English (Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, UK, U.S.), Spanish (Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Spain, U.S.), French (Belgium, Canada, France, Switzerland), German (Austria, Germany, Switzerland), Italian (Italy, Switzerland), Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Mainland China, Taiwan), Cantonese (Hong Kong), Arabic (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates), Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Belgium, Netherlands), Finnish, Greek, Hebrew (Israel), Hungarian, Indonesian, Malaysian, Norwegian (Norway), Polish, Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Romanian, Russian (Russia), Slovakian, Swedish (Sweden), Turkish (Turkey), Thai (Thailand), Ukrainian, Vietnamese

Siri languages
English (Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, U.S.), Spanish (Mexico, Spain, U.S.), French (Belgium, Canada, France, Switzerland), German (Austria, Germany, Switzerland), Italian (Italy, Switzerland), Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Mainland China, Taiwan), Cantonese (Hong Kong), Arabic (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Belgium, Netherlands), Finnish (Finland), Hebrew (Israel), Malay (Malaysia), Norwegian (Norway), Russian (Russia), Swedish (Sweden), Turkish (Turkey), Thai (Thailand), Portuguese (Brazil)

Definition dictionary support
English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish

Bilingual dictionary support
Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish

Spell check
English (Australia, Canada, UK, U.S.), French, German, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Russian, Swedish, Turkish

Initial Price for iPhone SE and Box Content

The pre-order price of the Apple iPhone SE is at $399 for the 16GB version and $499 for the 64GB version. Pre-order starts on March 24, 2016 and the iPhone SE will be available on March 31, 2016.  The box contains the iPhone SE unit, Apple ear pods with remote and mic, lightning to USB Cable and a 5W USB Power adapter. The Apple iPhone SE comes in Silver, Gold, Space Gray and Rose Gold colors.

Opinion:

On this version of Apple’s iPhone, we do hope that the company is not really running out of ideas. From our initial impression, the iPhone SE was just a rehash of the iPhone 6S where they tried to fit in all the 6S’ features in a smaller unit. After making something big (in size) with their iPhone 6S, Apple might have realized that size can sometimes be an inconvenience, especially if you are trying to fit in your iPhone in a small bag or in your pocket. We do understand that a lot of skills and intellectual power came with the building of the iPhone SE (especially trying to solve the puzzle of putting in an elephant into a refrigerator) however, being the foremost company in innovation we do expect a lot more creative products in the iPhone space in the near future perhaps?

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