Small but powerful, Apple’s new iPhone SE packs a punch

21 Mar 2016

The new iPhone SE comes in four metallic finishes, including rose gold

As expected by many, Apple has revealed its new 4in iPhone SE that, despite its diminutive size, features pretty much all the firepower of the bigger iPhone 6s and 6s Plus devices.

Reinvented from the “inside out”, the iPhone SE is powered by a 64-bit A9 processor and also features an M9 chip for motion tracking.

Featuring the same aluminium design as the iPhone 6s, the device comes in four metallic finishes, including rose gold.

It boasts a 12MP iSight camera and a new image signal processor that is capable of capturing panoramas up to 63MP.

The device also activates Apple’s personal assistant when users say “Hey Siri”.

“iPhone SE is an exciting new idea — we started with a beloved, iconic design and reinvented it from the inside out,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing.

“The result is the most beautiful and powerful phone with a 4in display in the world. iPhone SE is packed with a stunning 4in Retina display, advanced 64-bit A9 chip with M9 motion co-processor, longer battery life, 12-megapixel iSight camera with True Tone flash, live photos, 4K video, faster LTE and Wi-Fi, and Touch ID with Apple Pay. Everyone who wants a smaller phone is going to love iPhone SE.”

The introduction of the A9 chip contributes to a CPU that is twice as fast and a GPU that is three-times faster than the original iPhone 5s.

Wi-Fi access is also three-times faster and LTE is 50pc faster than the iPhone 5s.

Powered by iOS 9, the device comes with a new Night Shift feature that uses your iPhone SE’s clock and geolocation to adjust colours in the display to the warmer end of the spectrum after dark.

The 12-MP camera enables users to shoot HD video, with support for 4K at a resolution of 3840 x 2160. It also comes with Retina Flash for bright selfies in low light.

iPhone SE will be available in space gray, silver, gold and rose gold metallic finishes in 16GB and 64GB models starting at $399.

The device will be available for pre-order in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, US Virgin Islands and the US from 24 March, and on sale on Thursday 31 March.

It will be available in the rest of the world, including Ireland, from early April.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years