Christmas came early for iPhone fans (of the smaller variety) this year. After Apple nixed iPhones with a 4-inch display in lieu of the new 4.7 and 5.5-inch variants for two years in a row, it seemed like the days of “small” iPhones were behind us. However, today’s irregularly scheduled Apple event revealed to us that our assumptions on the matter were incorrect.
Dubbed the iPhone SE, the “new” iPhone packs many of the defining features of the iPhone 6S into a more compact device. However, the design of the iPhone SE strongly resembles the old iPhone 5S design, with a couple of color additions.
Unlike the 5S, the internals of the SE match closely with the iPhone 6s. The iPhone SE features the same A9 processor, which includes the M9 coprocessor, meaning that that SE also supports “Always On” Siri functionality. Other specs include 12-megapixel iSight rear-facing camera, Touch ID and an NFC chip for use with Apple Pay.
The Apple iPhone SE comes in two storage variants, 16GB and 64GB, and will be offered in Silver, Space Gray, Gold, and Rose Gold colors. Pricing of the device will be $399 and $499 respectively, making this the most affordable iPhone available yet.
So when can we expect this little rascal to hit store shelves? Pre-orders begin on March 24, and official release of the device is shortly after on March 31.
More information will be added as more updates come through.
What are your thoughts on the return of the 4-inch iPhone, readers? Will you be picking one up for yourself, or have you already moved on to bigger and better screens?