iPhone SE big step

For those that still want a smaller iPhone, Apple announced a new 4-inch handset at its ‘Let us loop you in’ event on Monday. Dubbed the iPhone SE, the device is practically the same (dimensionally) as the iPhone 5/5s, but has very different hardware inside.

The cost-efficient price tag and the improved feature set are sure to attract customers come pre-ordering on Thursday, March 24th, so without further ado let’s get into the niddy griddy and show you the tech specs of the new iPhone SE.

Finish

The iPhone SE comes with the same anodized aluminum finish that all your modern Apple tech is going to have. It comes with four color choices: Silver, Space Gray, Gold, or Rose Gold. Like other Apple devices, the color is accented along the Touch ID sensor and Apple logo on the back of the device.

Capacity

  • 16GB
  • 64GB

Weight and dimensions

Weight

  • 3.99 ounces (113 grams)

Size

  • Length: 4.97 inches (123.8 mm)
  • Width: 2.31 inches (58.6 mm)
  • Depth: 0.30 inch (7.6 mm)

Display

  • Retina display
  • 4-inch (diagonal)
  • LED backlit
  • Widescreen
  • Multi-touch display
  • 1136 x 640 resolution at 326 PPI
  • 800:1 contrast ratio
  • 500 cd/m2 max brightness
  • Full sRGB standard
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously

Chip

  • A9 chip with 64-bit archetecture
  • Embedded M9 motion coprocessor

iSight camera

  • 12 megapixel iSight camera with 1.22µ pixels
  • Live Photos
  • Autofocus with Focus Pixels
  • True Tone flash
  • Panorama (up to 63 megapixels)
  • Auto HDR for photos
  • Exposure control
  • Burst mode
  • Timer mode
  • ƒ/2.2 aperture
  • Five‑element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Sapphire crystal lens cover
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Improved local tone mapping
  • Improved noise reduction
  • Face detection
  • Photo geotagging

Video recording

  • 4K video Ultra-HD video recording at 30 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • True Tone flash
  • Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps
  • Time‑lapse video with stabilization
  • Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p)
  • Continuous auto-focus video
  • Improved noise reduction
  • Take 8-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video
  • Playback zoom
  • 3x zoom
  • Face detection
  • Video geotagging

FaceTime HD camera

  • 1.2 megapixel photos
  • 720p HD video recording
  • Retina Flash
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • Auto HDR for photos
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Exposure control
  • Improved local tone mapping
  • Face detection
  • Timer mode
  • Burst mode

Touch ID

  • Fingerprint sensor built into the Home button

Apple Pay

  • Pay with your iPhone using Touch ID in stores and within apps
  • Receive and redeem rewards using rewards cards

Carriers

  • AT&T
  • Sprint
  • T-Mobile
  • Verizon

Cellular and wireless

Model A1662

  • LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 29)
  • CDMA EV‑DO Rev. A  (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC‑HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

Model A1723

  • LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28)
  • TD‑LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40, 41)
  • TD‑SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)
  • CDMA EV‑DO Rev. A (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC‑HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

All models

  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology
  • NFC

Location

  • Assisted GPS and GLONASS
  • Digital compass
  • Wi‑Fi
  • Cellular
  • iBeacon microlocation

Video calling

  • FaceTime video calling over Wi‑Fi or cellular

Audio calling

  • FaceTime audio
  • Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
  • Wi‑Fi calling

Audio playback

  • Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE‑AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
  • User‑configurable maximum volume limit

TV and video

  • AirPlay Mirroring, photos, audio, and video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later)
  • Video mirroring and video out support: Up to 1080p through Lightning Digital AV Adapter and Lightning to VGA Adapter (adapters sold separately)
  • Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 4K, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC‑LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG‑4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC‑LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M‑JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Siri

  • Use your voice to send messages, set reminders, and more
  • Get proactive suggestions
  • Use hands‑free
  • Listen and identify songs
  • And more

External buttons and connectors

  • Touch ID sensor
  • Volume up/down
  • Ring/silent switch
  • Sleep/wake button
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Lightning connector
  • Microphone
  • Built-in speaker

Power and battery

  • Talk time: up to 14 hours on 3G
  • Internet use: up to 12 hours on 3G, 13 hours on LTE, 13 hours on Wi-Fi
  • Video playback: up to 13 hours
  • Audio playback: up to 50 hours
  • Standby time: up to 10 days
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter

Sensors

  • Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • Three‑axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor

Operating system

  • iOS 9.3 or later
  • AirDrop
  • AirPlay
  • AirPrint
  • Control Center
  • Notification Center
  • Handoff
  • Night Shift
  • Siri
  • Spotlight Search
  • HomeKit
  • iCloud
  • iCloud Keychain
  • Multitasking

Built-in apps

  • Camera
  • Photos
  • Health
  • Messages
  • Phone
  • FaceTime
  • Mail
  • Music
  • Wallet
  • Safari
  • Maps
  • Calendar
  • iTunes Store
  • App Store
  • Notes
  • News
  • Contacts
  • iBooks
  • Game Center
  • Weather
  • Reminders
  • Clock
  • Videos
  • Stocks
  • Calculator
  • Voice Memos
  • Compass
  • Podcasts
  • Watch
  • Tips
  • iCloud Drive
  • Find My iPhone
  • Find My Friends

Free apps from Apple

  • iMovie
  • Pages
  • Keynote Numbers
  • iTunes U
  • GarageBand
  • Apple Store
  • Trailers
  • Remote
  • Music Memos

Headphones

  • Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic
  • Storage and travel case

SIM card

  • Nano-SIM

Rating for hearing aids

  • Model A1662, A1723: M3, T4

Mail attachment support

  • .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images)
  • .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • .htm and .html (web pages)
  • .key (Keynote)
  • .numbers (Numbers)
  • .pages (Pages)
  • .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat)
  • .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint)
  • .txt (text)
  • .rtf (rich text format)
  • .vcf (contact information)
  • .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel)
  • .zip
  • .ics

System requirements

  • Apple ID (required for some features)
  • Internet access
  • iTunes 12.3.3 or later on Mac with OS X 10.8.5 or later or PC with Windows 7 or later

Environmental requirements

  • Operating ambient temperature: 32º to 95º F (0º to 35º C)
  • Nonoperating temperature: -4º to 113º F (-20º to 45º C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Operating altitude: tested up to 10,000 feet (3000 m)

Languages

  • English (Australia, Canada, UK, U.S.)
  • Chinese (Simplified, Traditional, Traditional Hong Kong)
  • French (Canada, France)
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish (Latin America, Mexico, Spain)
  • Arabic
  • Catalan
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Finnish
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Indonesian
  • Malay
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal)
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Slovak
  • Swedish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese

In the box

  • iPhone
  • Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic
  • Lightning to USB cable
  • USB power adapter
  • Documentation

These are the official specs for the new iPhone SE, which will become available for pre-order on March 24th.

Will you be looking to buy another 4-inch iPhone from Apple? Or will you be staying with the bigger display forever? Share below!

  • Kay Dhaliwal

    And RAM?

    • Elias Chao

      According to Anandtech, 2GB.

    • Dudu

      2gb .. Confirmed.

  • Willing to bet RAM is 1GB and its 1200 to 1400 mAh battery

    • Bradley Hines

      RAM is 2GB and I’m not sure about battery but yeah.

  • Rodney Coleman

    I’m still buying one for the days I need to go and have a small phone.

  • Elias Chao

    Does it have the new TouchID or the older one?

    • rockdude094

      Old one

    • Chris

      It uses the same TouchID the iPhone 6s does.

      • No it doesn’t. iPhone SE has first generation Touch ID sensor.

      • Chris

        And last but not least, the iPhone SE has Apple’s latest-generation Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

        Quoted directly from another iDB article.

      • Saulo Benigno

        hmmm… something is wrong.

      • That’s inaccurate information. I have edited that post accordingly. The only device that uses the latest Touch ID sensors is iPhone 6s/Plus

      • Chris

        Thanks, I hadn’t watched the keynote yet as I had only just woken up for work.

      • Max Payne

        How are readers supposed to know when you ‘correct’ articles long after the fact? For professionalisms sake, articles that are ‘edited’ to be ‘corrected’ should at least state so somewhere in the article header. If a reader refers back to a previos article they will note that edits were made for correction. Can this be implemented across the board to elevate the standard at iDB?

      • Kenrick Fernandes

        agree 🙂

  • iByron

    Ummm, “…get into the niddy griddy…”?

  • rockdude094

    Apple should look into modular phones since they like to re-use the chassis. Just a wild idea no offence to the apple community.

    • Chris

      I can’t see it happening without some kind of revolution overnight to the existing components, it would be cool to have a hot swap battery but it just wouldn’t be a great investment if current tries are anything to go by.

    • I can see where you’re coming from but I’m 100% sure none of the internals are interchangeable with the 5s or 5.

  • Sandro de Souza

    who cares? wheres Iphone 7?

    • Amac25

      About 6 months away

  • Valinor

    I wish it had the iphone 6 design 🙁
    Other than that, awesome phone, good price.

    • TornBodies

      the 6 design is slippery and to make it that much thinner say goodbye to even more battery