The iPhone SE is Real: Everything You Need to Know

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

After months of mindless, soul-crushing, seemingly-endless speculation, Apple has finally pulled the iPhone SE out of the bag. The 4-inch, small-hand-friendly iPhone is the marriage of old and new we were expecting, taking inspiration from both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6S.

The Same, But Different

As rumoured, the handset looks a lot like the 5S, with those comfortably-familiar sharp edges and glass back, and features a 4-inch display and Apple's 64-bit A9 processor and M9 motion co-processor.

Say 'Cheese'

The biggest surprise is a pleasant one, and it comes in the photography department. The iPhone SE features the same setup as the one you'll find on the iPhone 6S. There's a 12-megapixel iSight camera, 4K video support and two-tone flash. Much better than the 5S' 8-megapixel number. It can capture Live Photos too! Fancy.

Notable Absences

It will, of course, run iOS 9.3, there's also Bluetooth 4.2 and it's Apple Pay-capable. Apple's also promised "improved battery life", but there's no word on actual specs. It also looks like 3D Touch wasn't invited to the party.

Price and Release Date

In terms of pricing, we're looking at £359 for the 16GB model (yep, it exists) and £439 for the 64GB model. Pre-orders begin on March 24th, and the iPhone SE will start shipping on 31st March.


For all of tonight's Apple keynote news, head over to our March event hub where we have rounded up everything that happened in one handy place.