iPhone SE: What is it, and how do I get it?

iPhone SE

Springtime can only mean one thing - a new #AppleEvent with loads of new stuff announced. March 2016 brought us an iPad Pro, an updated iOS… and the iPhone SE.

So what is it? Well, it's pretty much an iPhone 6s in the body of an iPhone 5. What that adds up to is probably the most powerful four-inch smartphone out there - at least, that's what Apple says. If you want an iPhone that can actually fit in your pocket, the SE is the best one you could possibly choose.

How do I get the iPhone SE?

Release date: The iPhones SE goes on sale on 31 March, but you can order it from 24 March.

Price: It'll cost you £379 for a 32GB model, or £479 for a 128GB, but you'll be able to get it for less upfront with a mobile plan. Make sure you compare your options so you can find the best price.

Or, take a look at the best iPhone deals today.


The iPhone SE looks like an iPhone 5. That's all there is to say, really. It's got a 4.0-inch retina screen with the exact same resolution, and the 5's trademark chunky square edges.

iPhone SE

Colour-wise, however, it takes after the iPhone 6s: your choices are space gray, silver, gold, and that famous rose gold.

Tech specs

It isn't just the funky rose gold option that makes the SE remind us of the 6s. It contains that phone's guts too.

Inside the iPhone SE you'll find a lot of good stuff. For a start, there's the A9 chip, one of Apple's most powerful processors, and super fast connectivity - think LTE (4G) and the latest generation of Wi-Fi. It's even got the same battery life as the 6s.

The camera is identical too: a 12MP lens with large Focus Pixels and dual tone flash. This means that, like the flagship, it can take some pretty fantastic pictures. That includes Live Photos - in which the camera snaps not just your photo, but 1.5 seconds of video around it too.

On the iPhone 6s you can view those by pushing down on the Force Touch display, but alas, there's no Force Touch on the SE.

What's new?

The iPhone SE itself doesn't exactly bring anything new to the iTable - it's really just a couple of existing iPhones smushed together. But one thing it does have is the latest version of iOS. You'll get iOS 9.3 straight out of the box, but it's upgradeable to the new iOS 10.

9.3 packs some pretty sweet software. The words on everyone's lips right now are 'Night Shift' - the feature that tones down the display's blue light when the sun starts to set. By switching to warmer colours, it should make it easier for you to get to sleep after a session of night-texting.

It's also adding extra security to some apps, such as Notes, so you can choose to only open them using Touch ID if there's sensitive info on there. The News and Health apps are getting some improvements too, like better personalisation and more in-depth data.

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