iPhone SE – Apple’s Budget iPhone: What It Has To Offer And If It’s Worth The Price

iPhone SE

Recently rumors have surfaced regarding Apple’s iPhone SE, some rumors are stating Apple will discontinue supplying the iPhone SE, while other rumors are stating Apple plan to make some minor changes and re-debut it as one of the three iPhones scheduled for this coming fall lineup.

Apple debuted the original iPhone SE (Special Edition) in March 2016, since then not many changes have occurred with this little iPhone that I like to call “the little iPhone that could”. Not everyone likes a large size handset, some prefer smaller size devices to use and carry around, the iPhone SE would be ideal for users who prefer smaller devices, as well as who enjoy using Apple’s products.The iPhone SE is offered in four colors – Silver, Gold, Space Gray, and Rose Gold. Let’s discuss the pros and cons of an iPhone SE.

The Pros of an iPhone SE:

It’s the most affordable iPhone of the rumored 2018 iPhone lineup. According to SF Gate, this 4- inch Retina display offers a 32GB starting at $349, and a 128GB starting at 449GB, note – if you check around, from time to time, some colors are cheaper than what is listed here. The small size is great for those who think 5 and 6-inch phones are just oversize, the SE is compact compared to the average smartphone, easy to fit in a shirt and pants pocket, and tuck away in small wristlets or other carrying accessories.

The phone is also known for having a pretty good camera. Let’s face it, many invest in a nice smartphone for the camera; the SE offers a 12-megapixel main camera, with f/2.2 aperture, five elements lens, 5x digital zoom, Live Photos with stabilization, Face detection, autofocus with Focus Pixels, noise reduction, HDR for photos, Panorama- with up to 63 megapixels, burst mode, and timer mode. As for video recording… it offers 4K video capture at 30fps, along with 1080p HD video recording, and 720p HD video recording at 30fps.

It can also take 8-megapixel still photos while recording 4K videos, and utilize playback zoom. It does offer Touch ID fingerprint sensor which is built into the Home button. Users also have the option to pay with the SE by using Apple Pay.

Users can also use Video calling and Audio calling through FaceTime. Siri’s voice can be activated to assist in whatever task is at hand, and users still have access to a 3.5mm headphone jack ( for those who aren’t ready to give up the headphone jack just yet). Apps are plentiful for those who purchase the 128 storage to accommodate the variety of built-in apps. There are more amenities to read about over on the Apple specs page.

Now for the list of cons of the iPhone SE:

It has outdated hardware, and this is where many are hoping Apple will introduce an updated version of the iPhone SE. The current model has a A9 CPU processor and a M9 motion co-processor. Not bad. But compared to today’s mid-ranged cellphones this is lagging behind, even though it does support near field communication for Apple Pay.

The front camera is only a 1.2mp f/2.4 aperture. Improvement could be used in this department as well; the resolution is 1136 x 640, once again, compared to it’s mid-range counterparts it could use some much needed upgrades. And lastly, the battery is 1,624 mAh, so don’t expect an all day affair with this battery if you’re a casual user, maybe 7 hours at the most.

For $350 and higher one can get far more for their money investing in another mid-range smartphone, but if you’re an Apple lover and want some of the above perks, this might seem like the phone for you.

According to Mac Rumors, former KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (known for his 95% accuracy) predicted Apple would make some minor changes to the iPhone SE in the second half of 2018. he stated the device would likely have a faster processor, and a lower price, and could have 3D Sensing for Face ID and/or wireless charging. Let’s see what Apple will debut with it’s new line-up of upcoming iPhones at the 2018 September event.