Apple has announced the release of the second-generation iPhone SE. It is smaller and cheaper than the latest models, but it will work on the most powerful processor among Apple smartphones and will receive other new features.
The new iPhone SE will save one camera instead of three and Touch ID instead of Face ID, as well as the Home button. Outwardly, it resembles the iPhone 7.
The first iPhone SE was relatively inexpensive and small, and this attracted buyers amid ever-increasing size and growing price of new models, but Apple discontinued its release in 2018.
The new iPhone SE inherits this tradition: it is smaller in size and more conservative in the functionality of the latest models – for example, it retained the home button and its camera does not have face recognition – accordingly, you can unlock the phone using a fingerprint (Touch ID), but not face id.
The shape of the smartphone resembles the iPhone 7, and the screen size has increased compared to the previous SE – now it is 4.7 inches instead of the previous 4.
At the same time, the same professor is installed on the phone as in the latest iPhone 11 Pro model. However, the fundamental difference is that the SE will retain one camera, while in the 11 Pro there are two more – wide-angle and with a telephoto lens.
Of the functions of the new models, he also received the possibility of wireless charging and portrait mode of photography.
In the US, the phone will cost as much as the first SE – $399 (for the version with 64 GB of memory). However, outside America, the price has risen – now it starts at 40 thousand rubles in Russia and 419 pounds in Britain.
The release of a mid-range phone will help Apple compete with Samsung and Google, which are actively represented in this segment, says Dan Iver from Wedbush Securities investment company.
Iver suggests that in the first six months, Apple will be able to sell 20 to 25 million new iPhone SEs: “Apple is practically forced to release [a new model] because everything was ready from the point of view of the supply chain.”
Although buyers can find phones from other manufacturers for this price, the appeal of the Apple brand is stronger, the expert said.