Among the announcements at Apple’s March 21st event, came the often rumoured 4-inch iPhone.
Previously referred to as the iPhone 6C, Apple decided on the unusual step, well for Apple at least, to name the handset the iPhone SE. But what does SE stand for?
There was a number of colourful suggestions floating around on Twitter, but Fortune Magazines Jason Cipriani got the official word from Apple’s Phil Schiller. SE simply stands for, Special Edition.
But regardless of name, the iPhone SE isn’t really all that special.
If the 4-inch size and design looks familiar, it’s because the SE borrows just a little bit from the 2013 iPhone 5S.
Featuring the familiar round volume buttons and fingerprint sensor, which lacks the 3D touch of the iPhone 6S, the iPhone SE also includes the same 4-inch 1136 x 640 resolution display. But, that’s where things begin to change.
Unlike the iPhone 5S, the SE is packed with the same Apple A9 processor and 2GB of memory, as found in the latest iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.
The new handset also includes a 12 megapixel rear camera, similar to the iPhone 6S. However, the front camera is only 1.2 megapixels, and it is currently only available in 16GB and 64GB flavours.
So, lets answer the big question, is it worth buying?
Well if you’re a hardcore gadget fan like myself, then no. Simple as that. If you love your handsets packed with the latest features, wait for the iPhone 7, which no doubt will be announced later this year.
However, if you prefer a smaller handset, compared to the 4.7-inch iPhone 6S, or you are looking to enter the Apple market with your first iPhone, then this is the handset for you.
Without a doubt, the low price tag of £359 (or $399 US) for the 16GB, or £439 (that’s $499 US) for the 64GB version, makes this the cheapest iPhone out there.
Hang on, £359 is cheap! Are you mad? Possibly, but that is the retail price from Apple, with the ability to take out finance.
However, some UK phone networks are already offering the iPhone SE for free on contract, which means Apple has finally entered the low cost handset market, currently dominated by phones running Google’s Android software.
The iPhone SE is certainly an interesting move by Apple, going against their traditional product cycle, and embracing consumers who are normally priced out of the Apple ecosystem.
But, I have no doubt that Apple is banking on making up for the low cost of the handset, in app and music sales. And maybe even regaining their position as the leading handset manufacture, currently held by Samsung.