Last Monday Apple took the world by surprise, announcing a smaller yet a powerful iPhone SE along with a 9.7 inch iPad pro. The announcements, while surprising, were long overdue as a lot of Apple customers desired a smaller iPhone which didn’t compromise the specifications. Earlier in the year at Apple’s earning call Tim Cook also confirmed that more than 60 percent of the iPhone users were yet to convert to a larger screen iPhone. Thus, in order to address the needs of those customers who disliked the larger iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Apple announced an iPhone which carries the legacy of the iPhone 5s by adapting its design on the other hand features the specs of its elder sibling 6s.
As mentioned above the iPhone SE has the same design as the iPhone 5s which means the phone features a 4 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 640 x 1136 pixels. Aside from the design, screen size and screen resolution there is very little similarity between the two phones as the newer device features Apple’s latest A9 processor along with 2 GB of ram, in comparison to the 1 GB of the 5s. The newer phone also shares the 12 MP isight Camera of its elder sibling the iPhone 6s, plus it also has the ability to record video in 4K, a feature that was missing in the iPhone 5s. Along with improvements to the camera the new iPhone also features a higher rated non-removable Li-Po 1642 mAh battery in contrast to iPhone 5s which featured a smaller Li-Po 1560 mAh battery. The similarity in design between the iPhone 5s and the SE has led a lot of people to claim that the new iPhone is just a faster iPhone 5s on the other hand some fans disagree claiming that Apple has got a winner in its hand in the form of iPhone SE. While the latest phone may look similar from the outside, internally, pretty much everything has been improved. From processor to battery Apple has done a pretty good job refining all the hardware aspects of the phone. The improvement in specs and camera mean that the new phone is not just a faster iPhone 5s but rather it is a much more capable and a futuristic device.
The latest generation specs do make iPhone SE a lot more capable than the iPhone 5s however; does that make iPhone SE the best iPhone ever? At a first glance the new phone seems like a very compelling offering from the Cupertino based manufacturer. The phone addresses all the issues of customers who disapprove the larger size of the 6s by providing a perfect balance between one hand usability and top notch specifications. Furthermore a combination of a smaller screen size and higher rated battery also mean that the SE will last comparatively longer than the 6s. Perhaps the biggest advantage going in the favor of the new phone is its price. At $ 399 for the base model the SE is perfectly placed to continue Apple’s expansion in the Chinese and the Indian market. The phone is also perfectly placed to tackle intense competition from the mid-range Android devices. At this price point the users are getting great value for their money. The biggest disadvantage of this phone however, is also its unique selling proposition. In a world which is dominated by large screen phones Apple is trying to rejuvenate the category of smaller phones. With manufacturers like LG constantly pushing the bar in terms of design, bringing larger screens in much more smaller chassis and also bringing features like removable battery and expandable storage without compromising the design and the build quality. Apple’s new phone’s design does feel a little dated.
Time will tell how fans receive Apple’s new device, for now it can be said the new phone is definitely superior to its younger sibling the iPhone 5s. The phone isn’t as revolutionary as the iPhone 4 or the first iPhone ever however, it sure is a very compelling offering featuring the latest generation specs at a very affordable price. It might not be Apple’s best iPhone ever but it might turn out be its most important and successful one.