A big step for small. Since Apple has started to produce larger iPhones in the last couple of years, there have been many that miss the smaller designs of earlier generations.
Apple had to develop bigger phones to keep up with popular large screen phones in the Android market, but did they have to lose the original smaller form that people had grown to love?
In a rare backwards look, Apple has now decided to bring the 4-inch screen back with the iPhone SE, albeit with an updated design, software and cameras that mark it out as a truly modern smartphone.
The iPhone SE is everything you loved about the iPhones of old, with everything you want from the iPhone of today.
iPhone SE brings almost all the features of the most recent full-size iPhone 6s range into a smaller, easier to handle, package.
iOS9 is installed out of the box and the most recent Apple A9 processor with M9 graphics coprocessor is running everything. That means every app that works on iPhone 6 or 6s will work on iPhone SE.
Apple has also seen fit to include the new 12-megapixel iSight camera, along with 4K video and Live Photos. The only feature not present on the iPhone SE is the Force Touch display mechanism, which is due to the limitations of reducing the screen size.
Camera performance on iPhones has always been highly regarded. Reviewers tend to agree and iPhone has generally been the most successful smartphone when it comes to taking pictures.
iPhone SE uses the same updated camera module found in the 6s range; a 12-megapixel iSight camera with Sapphire crystal lens cover.
The updates include a new image sensor, signal processor and pixel technology. The Optical Image Stabilisation and local tone mapping have also been enhanced.
All of this means that every aspect of what it means to take a great picture has been made better. It's not all about megapixel numbers, although of course, those have gone up too for a little extra detail.
A new feature designed to bring your pictures to life. With Live Photos, the moments just before and after an image was taken are recorded as short videos.
This means if you press down on a Live Photo on the 3D Touchscreen, the image will come to life so you can relive the moment. You can even set a Live Photo as a lock screen wallpaper for an interactive background.
4K video is 4 times the resolution of normal 1080p high definition, and it's quickly becoming the standard for the best quality content around.
TVs, monitors, Blu-ray players and even YouTube now all support 4K, plus all that extra resolution doesn't go to waste on smaller screens so you might as well capture it if you can!
With the new iPhone SE, you can even edit together two streams of 4K video at the same time to create effects such as picture-in-picture or split screen. This kind of high-quality editing can be a struggle even for many home computers!
On the front of the iPhone SE is the FaceTime camera, ready for selfies and FaceTime calling all at a new higher 5MP resolution.
Also, try out the new Retina Flash function. Rather than use a traditional flash on the front of the camera that might wash out the final results at close range, a pre-flash is used to detect the lighting levels around you.
This is then used to calculate the best ambient light for the Retina Display to shine at you, resulting in a more natural image and skin tones.
Apple has always utilised their own technology throughout the iPhone. When it comes to the iPhone SE this remains the case, with it being powered by the custom-designed A9 processor.
It's this processor that allows for some of the newest features in iOS9 to operate smoothly and also provides up to 70% faster system performance and 90% faster graphics performance than the iPhone 6 range.
Apple A9 processor
The A9 is the third 64-bit chip from Apple, with up to 70% performance boost over the earlier A8.
Integrated inside the A9 is the M9 coprocessor. This is connected directly to many of the sensors, such as the accelerometer, compass, gyroscope and barometer.
This helps offload specific data-intensive tasks to the dedicated co-processor, avoiding overworking the main processor and saving battery life.
The M9 coprocessor is also responsible for making sure Siri is always ready to listen to your commands and questions.
With Touch ID, you can unlock your phone screen and make purchases with just your fingerprint for recognition. The system combines top-grade hardware and sophisticated software algorithms to keep your print unique and stored securely.
Integrated into the home button, Touch ID is made possible with a laser-cut circle of sapphire crystal to avoid scratching, a stainless steel detection ring, capacitive single-touch sensor and a tactile switch.
Touch ID also secures the new Apple Pay payments gateway, a secure method to authorise card payments at participating vendors, websites and inside certain apps.
Apple Pay makes for fast and secure purchases that only need your fingerprint to authorise. For more information on Apple Pay, visit the official website.
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