iPhone SE Overview Updated November 30, 2021

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iPhone SE: Apple's 4-inch iPhone Announced, Reviewed, and Detailed

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June 2013 - November 2021


When Apple replaced the 4-inch iPhone 5s with the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus in 2014, it effectively stopped making a model with modern specs that could be easily used one-handed. Fast-forward to March 2016 and we have the iPhone SE. It features a strikingly similar design to the iPhone 5s — save for matte edges, a rose gold option, and an SE stamp replacing FCC markings on the back — but the internals are all upgraded to nearly match the flagship iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models.

iPhone SE is available in space gray, silver, gold, and rose gold with 16GB ($399) and 64GB ($499) storage options. iPhone SE introduces Apple Pay, Live Photos, 4K video and much more to the 4-inch iPhone.

Check out our top stories on the iPhone SE below:

iPhone SE Stories November 30

TrendForce this week reported that Apple is expected to have strong demand during the holiday quarter. However, in addition to sharing some market share numbers, the report also corroborates that Apple is “staying with the plan” to announce the iPhone SE 3 in early 2022.

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iPhone SE Stories October 26

While there has been one sketchy claim that the iPhone SE 3 will be based on the iPhone XR, all reliable sources are pointing to a much less interesting design update. A new report today reiterates that the 2022 iPhone SE will still have a 4.7-inch display, strongly indicating that it will remain based on the iPhone 8 form factor.

There is also a suggestion that it could be called the SE Plus, but this is most likely a misunderstanding.

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iPhone SE Stories October 22

We’re expecting the 2022 iPhone SE to be a rather unexciting update, retaining the existing form factor and simply getting a faster chip and 5G. However, a sketchy report today suggests that it will be a much more significant design update.

A Chinese site claims that the instead of being based on the iPhone 8, it will instead be based on the iPhone XR, with its far more contemporary appearance …

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iPhone SE Stories September 15

Amid other shakeups to the iPhone lineup this week, Apple appears to have quietly discontinued the 256GB variant of the iPhone SE. Until this week, the iPhone SE was available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB configurations, but Apple’s online store now indicates that only the 64GB and 128GB options are available.

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iPhone SE Stories August 17

Ahead of the high-end Pixel 6 and 6 Pro launching this fall, Google today launched its latest entry-level smartphone with the Pixel 5a with 5G. The new iPhone SE competitor brings an all-metal body, high-capacity battery, headphone jack, and more alongside the next-gen cellular connectivity.

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iPhone SE Stories July 21

A new report says that the long-rumored next-gen AirPods, with a design similar to the current AirPods Pro, will enter production next month. That’s likely to see them announced at the same time as this year’s iPhone lineup.

Speaking of which, the same report reiterates earlier ones that Apple will return to its traditional September launch for all four models …

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iPhone SE Stories June 23

A new report from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today reiterated expectations for the next-gen iPhone SE. Kuo believes the two big upgrades will be 5G and an upgraded processor, with the new entry-level iPhone coming in 1H 2022.

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iPhone SE Stories May 24

iPhone SE is Apple’s most affordable smartphone, and to achieve this, the company always makes some compromises — like not adopting the latest and greatest technologies. However, there is a rumor suggesting that the iPhone SE will get a redesign with a hole-punch front camera by 2023, and Apple Lab has created a concept showing just that.

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iPhone SE Stories April 22

Secure messaging company Signal has successfully used an iPhone SE to hack Cellebrite‘s phone-cracking software. The company says that anyone could place a file on their iPhone that effectively renders useless any data extraction performed on the phone, and that it will be doing this for Signal users.

Signal says that the file could also compromise all past and future reports generated from the Cellebrite Windows app …

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iPhone SE Stories April 1

More details are emerging about what to expect from Apple’s next refresh to the iPhone SE. Display analyst Ross Young posted on Twitter today that the 2022 iPhone SE update is likely to keep the same 4.7-inch form factor and add support for 5G. In 2023, however, things could get more interesting.

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iPhone SE Stories March 1

Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities has published a new report for Apple supply chain investors in which the reliable analyst predicts a bold design change for what could be the iPhone 14 Pro. Kuo also expects the next iPhone SE release to bring 5G cellular connectivity to the entry-priced models. Here’s what they predict to come across 2022.

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Brazil distributes enterprise iPhone SE devices to public prosecutors, and they aren’t happy

Brazil sells one of the most expensive iPhones in the world. A story published today by Folha, a Brazilian newspaper, reports that public prosecutors aren’t happy to use an iPhone SE for work.

Brazilian public prosecutors have one of the best-paid jobs in public administration, receiving up to $20,000 per month, and they find it “insulting” to have to use an iPhone SE for work for 30 months.

iPhone SE Stories February 12

UK government gets deal on 11,000 iPhone SE devices with IBM consulting

Apple and IBM’s partnership to bring devices and software solutions to the enterprise dates back to 2014. Now in a related development, the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is set to buy 11,000 iPhone SE smartphones that will include IBM’s software support.

iPhone SE Stories January 20

LG Display has ceased making LCD iPhone screens, and abandoned hopes of doing so in the future, according to a supply-chain report. Separately, the company has stated that it may cease making its own smartphones.

LG has a long but somewhat troubled history in making iPhone screens …

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iPhone SE Stories January 9

A new supply chain report from Macotakara this weekend says that Apple has new AirPods Pro and a new iPhone SE in the works for a release in April 2021. The report says that the new AirPods Pro will feature a redesigned charging case, but details on the iPhone SE are unclear.

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iPhone SE Stories November 11, 2020

Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is out with a new investor note today in which he says that Apple is unlikely to release a new version of the iPhone SE until the second half of 2021 at the earliest. This comes as the iPhone SE introduced in April continues to sell well and as Apple focuses on the iPhone 12 lineup.

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iPhone SE Stories October 26, 2020

A new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners today highlights the continued success of the iPhone SE in Apple’s lineup. Furthermore, the CIRP data shows Apple Stores, both online and in-store, accounting for a higher percentage of iPhone sales this year.

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iPhone SE Stories September 15, 2020

Apple debuted the new iPhone SE back in March, bringing the latest A13 Bionic processor and the familiar 4.7-inch form factor of the iPhone 8. Rumors have also suggested that Apple has a “Plus” version of the new iPhone SE in the works, and a new accessory listed today at Best Buy hints at that product’s existence.

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iPhone SE Stories August 3, 2020

After months of speculation, Google today officially unveiled its latest smartphone, this time priced to compete with Apple’s iPhone SE. The new Pixel 4a features a hole-punch display and 128GB of storage, but Google is also teasing a 5G version of the Pixel 4a that will come later this year, as well as the Pixel 5.

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iPhone SE Stories July 29, 2020

Pushing back from the coronavirus-fuelled slump at the start of the year, Apple’s iPhone was the fastest growing smartphone brand in China in Q2, according to data from Counterpoint Research.

The resilience of the iPhone 11 popularity and the launch of the new iPhone SE saw Apple sell about 7.4 millions from April to June, up 32% year over year. Rival Huawei sold 36.6 million units there, up 14%.

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iPhone SE Stories July 28, 2020

Yep, it is a little early to trade in my iPhone 11 Pro Diary for an iPhone 12 one. But I’ve been thinking about my options and whether I might finally get my true iPhone SE 2 this year.

I always buy my iPhones outright, rather than on any kind of contract or finance deal, which means I’m not on a predetermined upgrade schedule. Each year, I need to choose between sticking with the phone I have, buying the latest flagship model, or buying a lower-end one.

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iPhone SE Stories July 20, 2020

New data from Counterpoint Research today highlights the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on smartphone sales. According to the data, smartphone sell-through volumes in the United States fell by 25% year-over-year during Q2 2020, but the iPhone SE represented a “bright spot” for the market.

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iPhone SE Stories June 27, 2020

Finding a protective iPhone case that doesn’t add too much bulk or hide the device’s design can be tricky. Griffin has the solution to that problem with its classic iPhone SE Survivor series cases that offer up to 7-ft. drop protection with slim, premium designs. Head below for a look at the new cases.

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iPhone SE Stories April 30, 2020

Apple officially released the new iPhone SE earlier this month, and Tim Cook says the company is seeing a positive response from reviewers and customers alike. Cook touted that the iPhone SE packs a great value and is “faster than the fastest Android phones.”

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