Apple and the new iPhone SE

Apple and the new iPhone SE

Apple on Monday announced it’s iPhone SE, a smaller version of their premium iPhone 6S. The company said that it had high sales of the iPhone 5S, a phone which was released two years ago. So, listening to the needs of it’s customers comes the new iPhone. During the event, the company also announced that it had over a billion active apple devices over the world. Apple also came up with a 9.7-inch iPad Pro(WiFi and Cellular).

Getting in to the details, iPhone SE (Special Edition) comes with a 12-megapixel iSight camera with f/2.2 aperture as in the iPhone 6S. That’s awesome, isn’t it? Added to it is the ability to record 4K videos and panorama(up to 63 megapixels). It also has features like HDR mode, hybrid IR filter, auto image stabilization, improved noise reduction, face detection and  sapphire crystal lens cover.

iPhone SE Specifications

The device sports a 4-inch retina display with a resolution of  640×1136 pixel (326ppi). Apple says that it had sales of over 30 million 4-inch iPhones last year. The display does not include a pressure sensor and so the 3D touch feature is not available in the iPhone SE. The phone comes in an additional Rose Gold color.

iPhone SE

Looking in to the inner specifications, the iPhone SE comes with the same A9 SoC, and the M9 motion co-processor as in the iPhone 6S. This means that a lot of power is packed inside the small-looking device. The device is also said to last up to 13 hours of web browsing and video playback, extending 2 hours ahead of the 6S because of the smaller display.

What about the front camera? It’s a bit disappointing to hear. On the front-end, we have a 1.2-megapixel camera, with f/2.4 aperture, and Retina flash. But the company does claim to record videos in 720p (1280×720 pixels). The inclusion of the co-processor adds the Always-on Siri feature, so that you do not have to pick up the device to ‘Hey Siri’.

iPhone SE Price

The WiFi hardware is also bumped up, making it three times faster than the previous one. The 4G LTE speeds are also improved up to 50 percent. Also, the iPhone SE also includes more LTE bands for better worldwide roaming, and offers support for Voice over LTE and Wi-Fi calling for high-quality wide band calls.

iPad Pro Specifications
iPad Pro Specifications

And this time Apple has decided to go low on the pricing. The 16Gigs version of the iPhone SE costs $399 and the 64Gigs is priced at $499. The price in India starts at Rs. 39,000, which is higher when translated.

iPad Pro

Apple also launched the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which is a beefed up iPad Air 2. The weight, screen size, dimensions, and resolution are the same, but a few things have changed around the edges. The iPad packs in more pixels on the screen and on the camera. The 9-7-inch iPad Pro is priced at $599 for the 32GB variant, $749 for the 128GB model, and $899 for the 256GB variant – (all are Wi-Fi variants).

Both the devices will be available in India by early April.

    • The company is claiming that the iPhone SE is for markets like India. But in my opinion, a difference in price of $200 (Rs. 10,1000 approx.) for the Indian version compared to the US pricing is definitely not a compelling move by the company. Apple should look forward to bring the price down to the mid-range segment (R. 20,000 – 30,000) for providing a stiff competition with phones like Samsung, OnePlus, Huawei and Moto.

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