Apple has been offering a lot of choices in iPhone design lately, and their newest model, the iPhone SE, is no exception. Even though the company will likely be dropping the “5” from the SE’s model name, the phone will feature the best of both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6’s features. Some of the new iPhone’s features include a camera that holds its own against earlier models, as well as a smaller screen size. It’s surprising to see Apple offering such a small iPhone just after the 5.5 inch iPhone 6S Plus came out, so perhaps Apple is trying to offer as many sized iPhones as they possibly can.
The iPhone SE also has the advantage of running iOS 9, the newest software update from Apple. As Macworld.com mentions, iOS 9 has a slew of new features, including using email to try and identify callers, and a more powerful Siri that suggests frequently-used apps in Spotlight Search. For users who thought the iPhone 6S Plus was a bit too big to be easily used and stored, the iPhone SE is the perfect solution, running the same software, yet being nearly 1.5 inches smaller.
9To5Mac.com reports that the new iPhone will also have several new features the iPhone 5S did not, including the ability to use Apple Pay and a “Live Photos” feature. This second feature essentially takes photos in the form of a silent video, allowing you to see pictures that move almost like a live-action cartoon. We could expect to see the new iPhone SE as early as March or April of 2016.
While most of the new iPhone’s features have been done by Apple on other iPhone models, this is would be one of Apple’s smallest phones to have new iOS 9 features. It’s a slightly unexpected move by Apple, especially when one considers that iPads have been outselling iPhones as of late, which seems to indicate customers want a bigger screen, not a smaller one.
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Perhaps we will know more when Apple officially introduces the iPhone SE in March. There has been a great deal of speculation about the reason for naming Apple’s new product the iPhone SE, with some Apple employees supposedly stating that the “SE” stands for “Special Editon,” and others that it means “Enhanced.” Either way, it’s definitely a step up from what Apple has done before, and may help sales of iPhones in the future.
At its Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) this year, Apple also stated that it was working on an as-of-yet-unnamed feature in which Siri predicts what you want based on your location and/or activities. For instance, if you were to plug in headphones or begin exercise, Siri would suggest an app for playing music. It’s possible we could see this feature on the SE if Apple has it finished in time for the March launch date.
The iPhone SE will also possess things like Touch ID, which allows a user to login to their phone using their fingerprints. It will likely have a camera of at least 12 megapixels as well, considering the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus models both boast 12 MP cameras, as well.