All About The New Apple iPhone SE.

all about the apple iphone se

As the major smartphone manufacturers continue to enlarge their phones, Apple zigs when others zag. Their newest,  the Apple iPhone SE,  has been reduced in size back to the exact dimensions of the iPhone 5 (and actually weighs a gram more), but now with a 4″ retina screen and other technological goodies.

All About The Apple iPhone SE


At first glance, its repositioned power button, squared off sides and small size make the newest Apple iPhone seems as though it has gone backwards toward the 5. But technologically it has done nothing but move forwards.

The Design:
hero iphone SE four fanned
The power button has moved back to the top of the iPhone and the sides are flattened once again. A bonus for those of us who found the contoured edge too slippery and ended up with shattered screens.

iphone SE line art with callouts

The iPhone SE has bead-blasted aluminum for a satin-like finish and matte-chamfered edges with a color-matched stainless steel logo.

iphone se- rose colored-2016

It is available in gold, silver, rose and space grey.  There is white framing of the 4″ retina screen on the face of the phone and at the top and bottom of the backside on all colors except the Space Grey which has black.

available colors
microphone and speakers called out
iphone se retina screen

The Size:
The dimensions of the SE are the same as the iPhone 5 and it weighs 113 grams, one more gram than the iPhone 5 did.

size comparison
iphone se dimensions

Processor and Speed:
The A9 chip (the same advanced chip used in iPhone 6s) gives it a 2X faster CPU performance and a 3x faster GPU performance than that of the iPhone 5s. Embedded in the chip is a super-efficient M9 motion coprocessor that connects to the accelerometer, compass, and gyroscope for a range of fitness tracking capabilities, such as measuring your steps and distance. It also makes it easy to activate Siri by simply saying “Hey Siri,” without having to pick up your iPhone.

speed comparisons

Using the internet:
The 802.11ac Wi-Fi and LTE make it faster for browsing, downloading and streaming and more LTE bands make the iPhone SE better for worldwide roaming.

iphone se-using phone home screen

Taking Photos and Videos:
The 12‑megapixel iSight camera includes 4K video, which is up to four times the resolution of 1080p HD video. And the FaceTime HD camera now has a Retina Flash that helps illuminate your selfies in low light and at night. A True Tone flash matches the ambient light for more true-to-life colors and natural-looking skin tones.

iphone se camera and facetime
two-tone flash on iphone se

It still has Touch ID for both unlocking your phone and for use with Apple Pay.
touch id and apple pay

Operating System, Apps and Accessories:
The iPhone SE is loaded with iOS 9, the most advanced mobile operating system to date and it comes with a collection of essential apps, Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic, Lightning to USB Cable and a USB Power Adapter.
iphone se all colors face up

The iPhone SE is available in either 16GB for $399 or 64GB for $499

Major specs and details:

Color options:
• Silver
• Gold
• Space Gray
• Rose Gold

Weight and Dimensions:
• Weight: 3.99 ounces (113 grams)

• 16GB ($399)
• 64GB ($499)

Operating System: iOS9

Power and battery:
• Talk 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

• 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

• A9 chip with 64‑bit architecture
• Embedded M9 motion coprocessor

iSight Camera 12‑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 Recording
• 4K 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 Camera
• 1.2‑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 ID
•Fingerprint sensor built into the Home button

Apple Pay
• Pay with your iPhone using Touch ID in stores and within apps

You can see the keynote address from March 21, 2016 here

Pre-order the Apple iPhone SE here beginning March 24th