Apple has finally announced the long-awaited third-generation iPhone SE with 5G connectivity along with the A15 Bionic chip, massive improvements to battery life, and an improved camera. Here is a list of everything you need to know about the latest iPhone SE including features, availability, and price.
iPhone SE (2022) features
“iPhone SE has been an incredibly popular choice with our existing users and for new iPhone customers, thanks to its iconic design, exceptional performance, and affordable price. This year we’ve built the most powerful and durable iPhone SE yet, with better battery life thanks to A15 Bionic, the same chip as our iPhone 13 lineup that also unlocks advanced camera features like Smart HDR 4, Photographic Styles, and Deep Fusion,” said Kaiann Drance, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPhone Product Marketing. “And with 5G, iPhone SE gives users faster downloads and uploads, higher quality video streaming, real-time interactivity in apps, and much more. Delivering the latest generation of technology and performance at this price is something only Apple can do.”
Design and Display
Similar to its predecessor, the latest iPhone SE has a front and back glass body with an aluminum frame, with a single-lens rear camera. The smartphone is available in three colors similar to the 2020 model: midnight, starlight, and Product(RED). With a 4.7-inch Retina HD display, the iPhone SE features a Home button with Touch ID at the bottom of the screen.
In addition, the smartphone features “the toughest glass in a smartphone” on the front and back, the same as on the back of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro.
The latest iPhone SE is equipped with the same chip featured in the iPhone 13 lineup, the A15 Bionic. The chip features a 6-core CPU with two high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores, making iPhone SE up to 1.8x faster than iPhone 8.
The 16-core Neural Engine is capable of 15.8 trillion operations per second, enabling faster machine learning computation as well enabling fast Live Text in the Camera app with iOS 15 and on-device dictation.
The iPhone SE features an all-new camera system powered by A15 Bionic, with a 12-megapixel ƒ/1.8 aperture Wide camera that offers a ton of improvements to the smartphone’s computational photography including Smart HDR 4, Photographic Styles, Deep Fusion, and Portrait mode.
Smart HDR 4 provides improved colors, contrast, and lighting for up to 4 people in a group photo while preserving skin tones. Photographic Styles allow users to personalize their own look for all the photos they take. Unlike filters, Photographic Styles are smartly applied as effects on different parts of an image. Photographic Styles include Vibrant, Rich Contrast, Warm or Cool. Tone and Warmth are customizable for each style.
Deep Fusion uses advanced machine learning to do pixel-by-pixel processing, optimizing for texture, details, and noise in every part of the photo. In addition, the A15 Bionic chip allows users to record improved videos with reduced noise, particularly in low light, with better white balance and truer skin tone.
The A15 Bionic chip along with Apple’s latest-generation battery chemistry and tight integration with iOS 15 enable better battery life on the smartphone. In fact, iPhone SE has longer battery life than older 4.7-inch iPhone models.
For the first time since Apple added 5G connectivity to iPhone 12, it is coming to a budget-friendly model. 5G allows users to take advantage of the latest generation of wireless technology, with faster uploads and downloads, lower latency, and more.
Apple notes support for 5G worldwide is growing, with more than 200 carriers in over 70 markets and regions supporting it by the end of the year.
Storage, Pricing, and Availability
iPhone SE will be available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB starting at $429. Pre-orders for the smartphone in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, the UK, the US, and more than 30 other countries and regions will begin at 5 a.m. PST on Friday, March 11, with availability beginning Friday, March 18.