Apple has finally given the official nod to the just-unveiled iPhone SE.
Much hyped and leaked among Apple watchers, this new device is all about giving something to those who don’t like overly big screens and prefer to be able to use their smartphone one–handed.
So, what has Apple brought to the party? And how does the device match up to all the gossip we’ve been reporting on for so long?
Read on and we’ll tell you five things you need to know about the all–new iPhone SE.
1 Small screen
Apple has not refreshed its small screen iPhone range since it revealed the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C in 2013.
The iPhone SE offers the same sized four inch display as these older models, meaning it can be used in one hand, unlike its more capacious iPhone 6S and iPhone 6s Plus.
There’s a reason for going old–school. Apple says it sold 30 million four inch devices in the last year. And with sales of its phones flat, the iPhone SE could be just the fillip it needs.
2 A9 processor smarts
What makes the iPhone SE stand out is Apple’s willingness to load it up with some of the iPhone 6S’s best specs.
Key among them is the company’s own A9 chipset.
This processor is what sets its flagship apart, so to have it in a smaller phone is a big move.
Practically, it means that the iPhone SE will be able to handle powerful apps and run at the same speed as its top–end stablemate.
3 Camera skills
The camera is also another feature which matches the iPhone 6s. It’s a 12 megapixel effort with True Tone flash.
There’s also support for Apple’s clever Retina Flash function, which uses the iPhone SE’s screen as an additional flash when you’re taking selfies or other images with the front–facing FaceTime camera.
Throw in support for Live Photos and the ability to record and edit ultra high definition 4K video, and this is every inch as good as the larger model.
4 16, 64, but no 32. Again
Apple isn’t offering a 128GB version of the iPhone SE. Instead, there are 16GB and 64GB editions.
You’ll notice that yet again there’s no 32GB model, a purposeful move to get customers to buy a more capacious phone up front.
With Live Photos and 4K video, anyone who buys a 16GB iPhone SE will find themselves out of storage very quickly indeed.
5 Cheaper, but definitely not budget
At £359 for an entry–level 16GB model, the iPhone SE is certainly more affordable than the iPhone 6s, which starts at £539.
Contract prices are not yet clear, but this will not be a budget phone by any means.
That’s Apple’s way, but it will certainly pull in the punters despite not slashing costs even lower.
Pre–orders start on March 24th, before the iPhone SE lands on shelves on March 31st.