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iPhone SE: the evolution of Apple’s mid-range cell phone | Digital Trends Spanish

September is usually the month where Apple reveals its flagship phones. There have been few exceptions to this unwritten law, but only one cell phone has its place at the March event: the iPhone SE. With two generations in tow –and a likely third on the way–, this is the evolution of the iPhone SE since its premiere.

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What is the iPhone SE range

The iPhone Small Edition or simply iPhone SE is one of the cheapest and most versatile phones from the Cupertino firm, which has allowed it to gain a space as of the best mid-range devices on the market.

Although Apple has a reputation for making high-end products, the iPhone SE is the exception: it is a range that offers premium features in reduced dimensions, with a price to match that condition.

Another aspect that makes the iPhone SE special is its ability to rescue the designs of previous generations of Apple, transforming it into an option for those who like retro.

iPhone SE, first generation (2016)

the iPhone SE 2

The first edition of the iPhone SE was released in March 2016, as part of the ninth iteration of Apple cell phones. Next to iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus from 2015, is one of the oldest phones currently supported by the company.

One of its greatest peculiarities is that it has the same design as the iPhone 5 (2012) and 5S (2013), although with substantial changes in technical specifications. In fact, it was described by the media as the “best phone” ever.

With a smaller size than the mini versions of the iPhone 12 (2020) and iPhone 13 (2021), the device had features such as a 4-inch Retina display, a 1.84 Ghz A9 chip, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB or 64 GB of internal storage.

The launch price was just $400 for the 16GB plus model and $500 for the 64GB model; a substantial difference from the $750 version more cheap of the iPhone 6S Plus, then Apple’s flagship.

Sure, this lower cost involved some compromises. For example, the phones lacked features like 3D Touch or Touch ID sensors.

In March 2017, Apple released an updated version of the iPhone SE with 32GB and 128GB models. However, beyond this adjustment, there were no major changes.

iPhone SE, second generation (2020)

A red iPhone SE 2020 on a table

The second version of the iPhone SE was released in March 2020, as part of the thirteenth generation of Apple cell phones.

Like the first iPhone SE, it picked up the design of an older model, but with better internal features. In this case, it was based on the iPhone 8 (2017), while its components resembled it to the iPhone 11 (2019).

With a 4.7-inch Retina HD display, it became one of the smallest phones in production globally. But despite this, it was 30 percent larger than the first generation, which discouraged fans of smaller teams. Other key features included an A13 Bionic chip, 3G RAM, and 64, 128, and 256 GB of storage.

The most surprising thing is that its launch price was only $400 dollars – the same as the first generation – $200 dollars less than the cheapest version of the iPhone 11, which was the company’s main phone for those years.

iPhone SE Comparison

Although they are models that are four years apart, it is worth reviewing some of the main technical specifications to have a broader view of their evolution.

iPhone SE (2016) iPhone SE (2020)
Size 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm (4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches) 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm (5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 inches)
Weight 113 grams (4 ounces) 148 grams (5.22 ounces)
Screen size 4.0 inch retina 4.7 inch Retina IPS LCD
Resolution 1,136 × 640 pixels (326 ppi) 1,334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi)
Storage 16, 32, 64, or 128GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Micro SD No No
Processor Apple A9 Apple A13 Bionic
Camera 12.2 MP rear camera and 1.2 MP front camera 12 MP rear camera and 7 MP front camera
Video 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 30/60fps 4K at 60 FPS, 1080p at 240 FPS
Bluetooth 4.2 5.0
ports Lightning Lightning
fingerprint sensor yes, to the front yes, to the front
Battery 1,624mAh. 1,821mAh. Qi wireless charging
Colors Space Gray, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold Black, white and Product Red

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