|A big step for small|
|A1662 (US model)
A1723 (in most countries)
A1724 (China Mobile model)
|GSM, CDMA, 3G, EVDO, HSPA+, LTE|
|March 31, 2016; 16 months ago (2016-03-31)|
|113 g (4.0 oz)|
|Original: iOS 9.3
Current: iOS 10.3.3, released July 19, 2017 (2017-07-19)
|1.85 GHz dual-core 64-bit ARMv8-A "Twister"|
|PowerVR GT7600 (hexa-core)|
|2 GB LPDDR4 RAM|
|Discontinued: 16 and 64 GB
Current: 32 and 128 GB
|3.82 V 6.21 W·h (1,624 mA·h) Lithium-ion battery|
|Multi-touch touchscreen display, Apple M9 motion coprocessor, 3-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, digital compass, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, Touch ID fingerprint reader|
|4.0 in (100 mm) Retina Display, LED-backlit IPS LCD, 1136 × 640 pixel resolution (326 ppi)|
|Backlit Sony Exmor RS 12 MP (1.22 μm), dual-tone LED flash, autofocus, IR filter, Burst mode, f/2.2 aperture, 4K video recording at 30 fps or 1080p at 30 or 60 fps, Slow-motion video (1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps)|
|1.2 MP, f/2.4 aperture, Exposure control, Face detection, Auto-HDR, Retina Flash, 720p video recording|
|Mono speaker, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack|
|Lightning Port, stereo audio jack|
|Head SAR: 1.17 W/kg
Body SAR: 1.19 W/kg
The iPhone SE is a smartphone designed and marketed by Apple Inc. as part of the iPhone series of devices. It was unveiled on March 21, 2016, at Apple's Cupertino headquarters, and was released on March 31, 2016. Despite chronologically succeeding the iPhone 6 family's launch, The iPhone SE serves as a successor of the iPhone 5S. It maintains the 4-inch screen size and largely identical design to the 5S, but includes selected hardware upgrades from the larger iPhone 6S model, including its updated processor, rear camera, and support for iOS 10 software features, such as Apple Pay, always-on Siri activation, and Live Photos. It also featured a new color in Rose Gold along with the standard Space Grey, Silver and Gold. The model was re-released with new storage options on March 24, 2017.
The iPhone SE was received positively by critics, who noted its familiar form factor and design, improved hardware over previous 4-inch iPhone models, as well as its overall performance and battery life.
The last major redesign of the iPhone, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, resulted in larger screen sizes. However, a significant number of customers preferred the 4-inch screen size of the iPhone 5 and 5S; the 5S was the second-most popular iPhone after the 6, ahead of the 6S. Apple stated in their event that they sold 30 million 4-inch iPhones in 2015. Furthermore, the 5 and 5S design was regarded as having "long been the golden child of Apple phone design and a benchmark for phones in general,". The iPhone 5 was described as "elegance rooted in the way the aluminum and glass work together. It felt streamlined, yet substantial, which is different from iPhone 6, which feels substantial in size alone. Plus, unlike the ubiquitous rounded corners of the 6, iPhone 5 didn’t really look like anything else on the market at the time."
The technology specifications of the iPhone SE are similar to the iPhone 6S. The exterior design of the iPhone SE is nearly identical to that of the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5, with the exception of matte-chamfered edges and an inset stainless steel rear Apple logo. Like the iPhone 6S, the iPhone SE is available in space gray, silver, gold and rose gold finishes. Apple stated that cases designed to fit the 5 and the 5S will also fit an iPhone SE, as the three phones have exactly the same dimensions.
As with the 6S, the iPhone SE incorporates the Apple A9 system-on-chip (SoC) with an M9 motion coprocessor and supports near field communication for Apple Pay. It is worth saying that the A9 SoC on the iPhone SE outperforms the one on the 6s. (For comparison, the iPhone SE has a GeekBench score of 2400 on the single core and 4069 on the multi core which compares to the iPhone 6s's score of 2316 on single core and 3922 on multi core). It also features a 4-inch Retina Display at 326 ppi. On launch, it was released in models with either 16 or 64 GB of internal storage; on March 21, 2017, Apple announced that these models would be replaced by new 32 and 128 GB models at the same launch price points, releasing on March 24, 2017.
It features the same 12 megapixel, with pixels 1.22µ in size, rear-facing camera as the 6S, with the ability to record 720p at 30 frames per second, for normal video recording and up to 240 fps for slow motion. It also features 1080p at 120 or 60 fps and 4K at 30 fps, as well as faster focus. Despite the upgraded rear camera, it does not feature the same front-facing camera, instead using a 1.2 megapixel sensor with f/2.4 aperture, but benefiting from the improved image signal processor in the A9 chip, and support for the software "Retina Flash" feature (which allows the display itself to be used as a flash on the front-facing camera).
Lauren Goode of The Verge considered the iPhone SE to be "a much-improved, well-designed, small phone with great battery life" and a "kickass upgrade" for existing owners of the 4S or 5S models, noting the device's familiar form factor, high performance (going as far as considering the screen size itself to be the only hindrance to multitasking and certain apps), and improved battery life. The camera's quality and functionality were also praised, arguing that the iPhone SE was a "completely pocketable and powerful little consumer camera" that outperformed other smartphones in its price range. Giving the device an 8.7 out of 10, Goode argued that "the iPhone SE is not a tiny little engine of innovation. It's today's tech in yesterday's phone body. As with anything, we should be wary of giving too much praise to something that's just doing its job."
CNET was similarly positive, arguing that Apple had accomplished the task of adapting the 6S's hardware to three different form factors; the smaller SE, 4.7-inch 6S, and 5.5-inch 6S Plus. The iPhone SE was considered to be a "great choice at the small end, with no compromises", albeit recommending that purchasers avoid the 16 GB model; the iPhone SE was the last iPhone model that offered 16 GB as its lowest storage capacity; this option was phased out on both the iPhone 7, and later the SE.
Timeline of models
- iPhone SE – official site