Apple Announces New 4-inch “iPhone SE”


It’s a big day for small phones. Today, Apple announced its anticipated “iPhone SE,” Apple’s first new 4-inch phone since the iPhone 5C and 5S were released in the fall of 2013.

The phone is a throwback in a lot of ways. It’s got the same 1136×640 resolution screen as the iPhone 5 family, and its general design borrows much more from those older phones than it does from the thinner, more rounded 6 and 6S. It looks like and is probably best described as “an iPhone 5S but faster.”

Apple VP Greg Joswiak introduced the device, noting that there was great demand for a smaller iPhone. “We sold 30 million 4-inch iPhones in 2015,” he said.

Joswiak walked the crowd through several notable specs for the iPhone SE. It starts with the device’s insides, which include the Apple A9 and M9. With that processing power, the iPhone SE will double the CPU speed of the 5S and have three times its GPU speed, according to Joswiak. Wireless improvements include LTE up to 150Mbps, more LTE bands, and 433Mbps 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Joswiak also touted improved battery life compared to other Apple 4-inch devices despite better components.

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SOURCE: Ars Technica, Andrew Cunningham