The rumor mill has been abuzz about a new smaller iPhone for some time now. The cat is now out of the bag. Cupertino has pulled back the curtain on the 4" iPhone SE, a phone best described as an updated iPhone 5S.
Despite looking almost exactly like the iPhone 5S on the outside, the iPhone SE has all-new internals. Almost everything inside it is lifted straight from the iPhone 6S—not a bad thing at all. The SE is powered by Apple's A9 processor, coupled with an undisclosed amount of RAM (likely 2GB). Much like its bigger brother, the main camera is a 12MP unit with Apple's on-sensor autofocus and a dual-tone LED flash. The phone is capable of shooting video in 4K at 30 fps, too.
A new NFC chip allows for contactless payments with Apple Pay. 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, and 150Mbps LTE round out the connectivity options. Apple is also touting improvements on the battery life front—up to 14 hours talk time, 13 hours of video playback, and 10 days on standby.
Since today is also "new iOS day," the iPhone SE comes with iOS 9.3 installed. Along with multiple minor tweaks, the new version of iOS comes with Night Shift, which tweaks the display's white balance according to the time of day. If that sounds familiar, it's the same thing f.lux does. Apple has also detailed multiple improvements to its Notes app, too, along with several other minor improvements.
An interesting new feature in the iPhone SE is the price. Apple put a $399 sticker on the 16GB model, and a $499 tag on the 64GB model. That's quite the drop from the usual $700 price tag that new high-end phones carry these days. Prospective buyers can place their preorders on March 24, and Apple expects to start shipping the phone on March 31 in the United States and most of Europe.