Apple has unveiled a new version of its iPhone SE in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, giving customers access to many of the Phone 11’s high-end features for a fraction of the price.
Like its predecessor, the second-generation iPhone SE has a 4.7-inch screen and physical Home button with TouchID fingerprint reader.
However, it has been upgraded with an A13 Bionic chip – the same one that is in Apple’s current flagship models.
While it only has a single 12-megapixel camera system on the rear, Apple claims it is capable of creating depth-effect photos using Portrait Mode, just like its multi-lens siblings.
The iPhone SE comes in three colours — black, white and red — and will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, April 17, starting at just £419 ($399 in the US).
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The iPhone SE has a 4.7-inch screen and physical Home button with TouchID fingerprint reader comes in three colours — black, white and red
‘The first iPhone SE was a hit with many customers who loved its unique combination of small size, high-end performance and affordable price,’ said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
‘The new second-generation iPhone SE builds on that great idea and improves on it in every way — including our best-ever single-camera system for great photos and videos — while still being very affordable.’
The body of the new iPhone SE is made from an aluminium frame with glass covering the back and front, meaning it is capable of wireless charging.
It is water- and dust-resistant with an IP67 rating for water resistance up to 1 metre for 30 minutes.
The iPhone SE will sit alongside Apple current iPhone lineup alongside the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Plus
Apple hopes that the lower-cost model could broaden its appeal to budget-conscious customers and also attract more consumers to Apple services, which are a growing driver of revenue.
However, it lacks 5G capability and Apple’s facial recognition system to unlock the device, instead relying on a fingerprint sensor similar to older models.
Every previous iPhone has been unveiled in a polished presentation in front of fans, but large events remain banned in Apple’s home base of Santa Clara County, California, where public officials ordered the first lockdowns in the United States to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The new SE will come bundled with a one free year of the Apple TV+ streaming television service, similar to Apple’s flagship devices released in the autumn.
Apple will begin selling the new model online while its stores around the world are closed, except those within its greater China sales region.