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Apple announces 4.7-in. $399 iPhone SE


Apple has unveiled its 4.7-in. $399 smartphone, introducing the device as the iPhone SE. The device will come in black, white, and (PRODUCT) RED, and it will be available for pre-order beginning Friday.

Apple’s $399 iPhone SE is introduced

The device meets many of the speculations that have been floating around for months with the exception of the name – many (including myself) had anticipated it would be called iPhone 9. It isn’t.

Otherwise, features include:

  • 4.7-in. Retina HD display.
  • Touch ID with Home button.
  • A13 Bionic chip.
  • Single camera, which supports Portrait mode.
  • Available in black, white and red.
  • Pricing starts at $399.
  • 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models. 
  • Customers can purchase the device for $9.54 a month or $229 with trade-in.
  • Ships from April 24.
  • You get one-year of Apple’s TV+ service free with the purchase.
  • iPhone SE is water resistant to 1 meter for 30 minutes.

Touch ID is potentially more useful than Face ID if you wear a mask, as it relies on your fingerprint, rather than your face for biometric authentication. It is also worth observing that the iPhone 8 is no longer available at Apple’s store.

What about the design?

Apple has manufactured the device using aerospace-grade aluminum and durable glass.  The rear glass finish includes a centered Apple logo and is made using a seven-layer color process.

The smartphone is water- and dust-resistant with an IP67 rating for water resistance up to 1 meter for 30 minutes.

What about the display?

The 4.7-in. Retina HD display supports True Tone, which adjusts the white balance to match the ambient light. True Tone was first introduced with the 2018 iPad Pro and aims to create a more natural viewing experience.

What about touch?

iPhone SE uses Haptic Touch for Quick Actions — such as animating Live Photos, previewing messages, rearranging apps or accessing contextual menus. First introduced with the iPhone XR, Haptic Touch replaces 3D Touch.

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