Two years after reviving the line, Apple is bringing the SE back for another try. The iPhone’s little brother gained support when it was unveiled in 2018 as a low-cost alternative to the flagship smartphone. The line is a way to keep iOS software up to date, while keeping the price lower due to older designs and some last-gen components.

For those who lost the Apple design thread after the iPhone X, it’s a welcome way to keep a more classic design. And, perhaps most importantly, it’s a way to stay in the Apple ecosystem at a time when flagships routinely top $1,000. The new handset comes with an upgraded chip – the A15 bionic, the same chip found on the company’s latest flagship iPhone 13. That’s accompanied by the arrival of 5G, bringing the latest mobile technology to the entire line. brought.

As expected, the new version of the budget device sticks to the old glass and aluminum design, built around a 4.7-inch Retina HD display (a decided downgrade from the iPhone 13). The device is IP67 water resistant and – perhaps most notably – retains its Touch ID button, which has long since disappeared from the premium Face ID sports devices. The battery has improved over the latest model, although it’s not entirely clear whether that’s a capacity upgrade or simply a result of the new chip.

A15 Bionic

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The camera will be upgraded with a 12-megapixel lens, along with some computational photography upgrades that come with that new chip. That includes improved photos of skin tones and less noise in photos. Like the battery, this is probably more of a direct result of the new chip than a major hardware upgrade.

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Software is a big reason to buy the new phone, rather than just going with a comparably spec old device. As such, the company notes that the new device will continue to receive iOS updates “in the coming years.” The handset is still easily the cheapest in the iPhone family, although it does get a bump above the $399 of the last generation. This one starts at a (still reasonable) $429. It goes on pre-order this Friday and will hit stores March 18.

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