Apple silently launches iPhone SE 2020 with an updated processor and a $399 price tag

Apple silently launches iPhone SE 2020 with an updated processor and a $399 price tag 1

After months of rumors surrounding an iPhone SE successor, Apple finally took the covers off the rumored device today (April 15) via a press release. Considering the world is going through a crisis right now, offline launch events are not possible. Few weeks after launching the updated iPad Pro via press releases, Apple followed the same route to unveil the updated iPhone.

While rumors said that the device would be called iPhone SE 2, or iPhone 9, Apple decided to keep the same name for the updated phone. It’s called the iPhone SE, and it is now Apple’s cheapest offering. Here’s everything you need to know about the updated iPhone SE!

iPhone SE

iPhone SE 2020 Build & Design

In the follow up to the 2016 mid-ranger, Apple has borrowed build and design elements from the iPhone 8. There’s no edge-to-edge display, there’s the physical home button, and there are gentle curves. Apple has used a metal chassis with a visible external band around the outside. There’s a glass back to facilitate wireless charging. There also is IP67 certification for water and dust resistance.

In terms of the overall footprint, the new iPhone SE sits between the first-generation SE and the iPhone 11. The body of the phone measure 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm, and it weighs 148g.

iPhone SE 2020 Specs & Features

First things first, the updated iPhone SE packs the A13 Bionic SoC – Apple’s latest and most powerful mobile processor yet. There are three storage variants on offer: 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.

Apple’s updated entry-level smartphone features a 4.7″ Retina HD (720p) TrueTone display that supports Dolby Vision and HDR 10.

For optics, there’s a 12MP camera on the rear and a 7MP one on the front, both with support for portrait mode (for humans only). Apple’s familiar software features for the camera, like the depth slider and portrait lighting, are present on the updated iPhone too. The rear camera can also record 4K videos.

The iPhone SE shall run iOS 13 out of the box, and features like Dark Mode, Siri shortcuts, the new Photos app, and others are all present.

Though they didn’t disclose exact numbers regarding the battery, Apple says the new phone can offer up to 13 hours of offline video playback, or 8 hours of online video streaming, or up to 80 hours of music playback on a full charge. Talking about charge, the SE supports 18W fast charging via the lightning port, and it also houses support for Qi wireless charging.

The phone also retains the good-old trusty home button with an embedded Touch ID sensor. There’s Haptic Touch, AR support, Wi-Fi 6, Dual SIM LTE (nano+eSIM), Audio Sharing, and Stereo Audio Recording among other notable features.


The SE shall be available in three colors: white, black, and a (PRODUCT)RED variant. We think it’s worth mentioning that every iPhone SE (PRODUCT)RED purchase contributes directly to the global CoVID-19 relief funds.

Talking about the pricing, the 64GB variant is priced at $399, the 128GB variant at $449, and the 256GB version at $549. The iPhone SE shall be available to pre-order from April 17th on, and it’ll be available for purchase from April 24. Customers can also trade-in their old iPhones and get exchange discounts. Oh, and yes, every iPhone SE ships with a free one-year subscription to Apple TV+.

iPhone SE cases

Apple has also launched a handful of official cases for the new iPhone. There are three silicone cases, and three leather cases on offer. The leather cases are available in three colors: midnight blue, black, and PRODUCT(RED. The silicone cases are also available in three colors: pink sand, white, and black. The silicone case is priced at $35, whereas the leather case is priced at $45, and both the cases are available to purchase on Apple’s online store, and ship from April 17th. Also considering it’s an iPhone, there will definitely be a variety of iPhone SE cases and accessories on Amazon and other retailers as well.

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