Apple’s new iPhone SE is a ‘shockingly good value’

Apple’s new second-generation iPhone SE is a very powerful smartphone – there is currently none faster — featuring a 4.7-inch Retina HD display, paired with Touch ID for industry-leading security. The new iPhone SE is powered by the Apple-designed A13 Bionic, the fastest chip in a smartphone. iPhone SE comes in a compact design, reinvented from the inside out, and is the most affordable iPhone. In fact, it’s a value proposition that’s unmatched by any other smartphone maker.

iPhone SE value
iPhone SE features an aerospace-grade aluminum and durable glass design with an all-black front.

Dieter Bohn for The Verge:

At $399, the second-generation iPhone SE is a shockingly good value.

The most important thing to know about the SE’s value proposition is simply that it has the A13 Bionic processor, which is bar-none the fastest processor you can get on any smartphone at any price, full stop. You could spend $1,449 on a fully maxed-out iPhone 11 Pro Max and it wouldn’t be faster than the iPhone SE…
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This isn’t just a matter of processor megahertz per buck, it’s a matter of the longevity of the phone itself. More than any other phone company, Apple supports its phones for a very long time. Since this iPhone SE has the most modern processor available, it’s quite likely that it will receive software updates for many years to come…

I know I’ve now brought up software updates twice now, but it’s super important. $399 spent on this iPhone SE means it’s less likely you’ll be forced to spend another $399 next year or the year after… The new iPhone SE… is not just a good value for Apple. It’s one of the very best values I’ve seen in the smartphone market in years.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote earlier today, “iPhone SE is for people who appreciate value. It’s for people who want a great deal, strong performance for their dollar, access into the world’s ultimate smartphone ecosystem without having to pay upward of $1,000 or more, and who plan to use their iPhone for multiple years while understanding that only iPhones retain strong resale value and receive updates/support for many years.”

Apple is going to sell tens of millions of iPhone SE (2020) units!

10 Comments

    1. A13 if I understand the articles is the fastest chip ever in a smartphone. So last decade? 🤔

      “Probably the last “classic” iPhone model, like the original (just bigger and more powerful). Conceptually unchanged since 2007.”

      Going to right two wrongs here. I bought the high end fully loaded iPhone on Day One in June 2007. It measured 3.5 inches and sported a flush camera assembly, not a hideous bump.

      The only thing “conceptually” they have in common is six letters, iPhone. The rest is totally DIFFERENT…

      1. Wow! Please work on reading with better comprehension. First, A13 was released in 2019, which is in the “last decade” here in 2020. Humor 😏

        Second, the original iPhone’s SCREEN is 3.5-inch diagonal, not the iPhone itself. It wasn’t THAT small 🙄 AND “conceptually” it’s just like the latest iPhone, which is now iPhone SE (2020). One main button (press it to go), main screen with app icons (tap one to do something), multi-touch gestures… If someone used the 2007 iPhone, went into a coma (later in 2007), and woke up in 2020, that person would understand how to use the new iPhone SE right away. Steve Jobs got so many things very right with the original iPhone.

        OTOH, the other current iPhones, with no Home button and swipe gestures, are NOT conceptually the same as the original iPhone. Swiping up is not immediately intuitive like pressing that ONE big button near your thumb. Not saying the new (going forward) iPhone design is bad, but it IS conceptually different.

        1. “Second, the original iPhone’s SCREEN is 3.5-inch diagonal, not the iPhone itself. It wasn’t THAT small AND “conceptually” it’s just like the latest iPhone, which is now iPhone SE (2020).”

          WOW! Wrong on measuring decades is only clueless humor.

          Yes, I know original iPhone 3.5-inch diagonal and the 2016 SE is 4-inch diagonal. Just placed the original (dead) over the SE shows it’s physically larger in size dimensions (width+height).

          The weight of the original is noticeably heavier and thicker. The SE is trim and light and before the SE2 release was the most powerful small form factor, in history.

          I disagree the latest iPhones are, if I read you correctly, just as easy to use — WRONG. The abstract icons are unclear and confusing, they hide a lot of features sending me running to the iPhone operation manual for the first time abandoning the 100% intuitive learning hallmark curve of Steve Jobs.

          One example in text messages they hid the camera icon and you have to go hunting with twice as many steps to accomplish the same. Try to copy a web address or a sentence in a text and see how easy it is, not to mention going digging and more steps to delete certain texts in a threaded text message. I could go on.

          Your “conceptually different” meme is a waste of time, sorry.

          Bottom line: the elegant simple navigation of earlier iOS is much more complicated now, not intuitive and ease of use, sadly, is gone forever… 😡

          1. THIRD, the original iPhone had the BIGGEST screen you could get on a smartphone at the time. It was the phablet of its day, competing devices had 2-inch screens, some were still black and white! 3.5-inches is small for most men, but in 2007, it was huge, if not massive. It was an inspired thing, and is one of the reasons why the phone was colored black – as they say, “once you go black, you don’t go back”, and it’s why they say “once you go Mac, you don’t go back”, either.

      2. “Wow! Please work on reading with better comprehension. First, A13 was released in 2019, which is in the “last decade” here in 2020. Humor ”

        Technically, the new decade starts in 2021.
        Decades are numbered from 1 to 10 (e.g., 2011 to 2020).

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