iPhone SE (1st generation)
|Availability by region||March 31, 2016|
|Discontinued||September 12, 2018|
|Successor||iPhone SE (2nd generation)|
|Operating system||Original: iOS 9.3|
Current: iOS 13
|CPU||1.85 GHz dual-core 64-bit ARMv8-A "Twister"|
|GPU||PowerVR GT7600 (hexa-core)|
|Memory||2 GB RAM|
The iPhone SE is a smartphone made by Apple Inc. It was released on March 31, 2016. It has almost everything the iPhone 6S has but in the body of an iPhone 5S. It does not have 3D Touch or a barometer. However, just like the iPhone 6S, it has an improved Apple A9 system-on-a-chip, an improved battery, and an improved camera that can record 4K video.
Along with the iPhone 6S and the iPhone X, the iPhone SE was discontinued by Apple on September 12, 2018. The iPhone SE currently does not have an upcoming model based on the original iPhone SE. Business Insider wrote that "Apple made a big mistake by removing its smallest and most affordable iPhone from its lineup", suggesting that the company was ignoring customers who are worried about the loss of a smartphone type that is both affordable and small enough to be comfortable to use. Quartz reported that women and other smartphone users with small hands get sore hands from holding large smartphones. The technology website Gizmodo was also concerned that Apple discontinued the iPhone SE, hoping that "there will be a return to smaller phones", as well as hoping that people will be able to hold a phone "in a single hand, and be able to use it fully."
History[change | change source]
Earlier iPhones, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, had much larger screens. However, there are a significant number of customers who would prefer to use a smaller 4-inch screen size of the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5S.
Apple stated in the "Let us loop you in" event on March 21, 2016 that they sold over 30 million 4-inch iPhones in 2015. In this event, they proved that many customers wanted smaller phones. Later in the event they presented the iPhone SE, describing it as "the most powerful 4-inch phone ever."
Specifications[change | change source]
Design[change | change source]
The iPhone SE looks almost identical to the iPhone 5 and 5S, except the iPhone SE has got rounded edges and a stainless steel Apple logo on the back. Cases designed to fit the 5 and the 5S will also fit an iPhone SE. The iPhone SE is available in the colors Space Gray, Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold.
Hardware[change | change source]
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Software[change | change source]
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Reviews[change | change source]
CNET was positive about the iPhone SE, considering the iPhone SE to be a "great choice at the small end, with no compromises". CNET also praised Apple for adapting the iPhone 6S generation phones into different sizes to increase variety of phone types; the smaller 4.0-inch SE, 4.7-inch 6S, and 5.5-inch 6S Plus. In a later article, CNET summarized the iPhone SE to be “the smaller, more pocketable member of the iPhone family. It was Apple's compact, budget option, and its 4-inch screen and tinier overall size were total throwback stuff. Consumers loved the battery life and that it still had a headphone jack.”
The Verge considered the iPhone SE to be "a much-improved, well-designed, small phone with great battery life" and a "great upgrade" for customers who currently own 4S or 5S models, noting the device's familiar appearance, high performance (even noting that the small screen is the only problem for multitasking and certain apps), and improved battery life. Giving the iPhone SE an 8.7 out of 10, Goode praised many features of the iPhone SE: "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."
TechCrunch praised the iPhone SE's design. They mentioned that the phone appealed "not just to the nostalgic and neophobic (fear of new things), but simply people who prefer a smaller phone." The employees who work at TechCrunch do not have "particularly large or small hands, but [they] preferred this highly pocketable, proven design to the new one for a number of reasons", further praising the iPhone SE as the best iPhone that Apple has ever made.
References[change | change source]
- Benjamin Mayo (September 12, 2018). "iPhone SE and iPhone 6s no longer sold by Apple (and iPhone X gone too)". 9to5Mac. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
- Dave Smith (September 18, 2018). "Apple made a big mistake by killing the iPhone SE, its smallest and most affordable smartphone - Business Insider Nordic". Business Insider Nordic. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
- Jane C. Hu (September 22, 2018). "Apple's iPhone XS, XR, and XS Max are bad news for women—and anyone else with smaller hands — Quartz". Quartz. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
- Logan Booker (October 1, 2018). "Why I Just Bought An iPhone SE". Gizmodo Australia. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
- New Rising Media (March 21, 2016). "Apple iPhone SE Announcement - YouTube". New Rising Media (YouTube.com). Retrieved October 2, 2018.
- Vlad Savov (March 21, 2016). "iPhone SE announced: iPhone 6S specs, iPhone 5S size, $399 price - The Verge". The Verge. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
- "With the iPhone SE, Apple Returns to a Masterpiece of Design". Wired.com. March 22, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
- "iPhone SE Reviews: Apple's Strange Case Of Jekyll And Hyde". Forbes.com. March 26, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
- Adnan Farooqui (September 17, 2018). "Apple Discontinues The iPhone 6S And iPhone SE As Well". Ubergizmo. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
- Avery Hartmans (September 13, 2018). "Apple just quietly killed off a bunch of older iPhone and Apple Watch models — here are the products that are gone forever - Business Insider Nordic". Business Insider Nordic. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
- John McCann (September 13, 2018). "The iPhone SE and iPhone 6S are dead, and that's not good for the iPhone SE 2". TechRadar. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
- "Yes, your old iPhone 5s case will fit on the new iPhone SE". Macworld. IDG. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
- "Apple shows off 4-inch iPhone SE, iOS 9.3". Geek.com. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on May 17, 2019. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
- "Minor iPhone bump turns the 7 and 7 Plus red, gives iPhone SE more storage". Ars Technica. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
- "Apple iPhone SE review: Small wonder". CNET. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
- Steven Musil (April 13, 2019). "The iPhone SE is once again available from Apple -- for $249 - CNET". CNET.com. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
- Goode, Lauren. "iPhone SE review: today's tech, yesterday's design". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
- Devin Coldewey (September 14, 2018). "The iPhone SE was the best phone Apple ever made, and now it's dead". TechCrunch. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
Other websites[change | change source]
Media related to iPhone SE at Wikimedia Commons