The iPhone SE is the iPhone 6s Mini

Believe it or not a lot of people from all over the world still buy 4-inch iPhones, and in fact according to Apple itself in 2015 alone they sold more than 30 million iPhone devices with 4-inch screen. Not only that, Apple also claimed they received requests from so many consumers asking them to release updated-yet-smaller iPhones. Apple realizing there is still a big market out there demanding more high end smartphones of them in a smaller package, the iPhone SE was made into reality.


To me, yes it is a mini version of the current iPhone 6S but not to the point of being a disappointing one, because Apple packed the iPhone SE with almost the same specs and features found in the flagship iPhone 6S smartphone. That includes the latest and most powerful 64-bit A9 and M9 processors, the up-to-date iOS 9.3.

The iPhone SE also supports Live Photos as well as up to 4K video recording capabilities, however it is sad to say that the 3D Touch feature is not included, here. But I think that's not of a big deal yet as the number of apps that support 3D Touch functionality is still very limited to this date.

Additionally, the iPhone SE now has 12MP iSight camera all equipped with Focus Pixels, True-Tone Flash and many other camera-enhancement functions, front camera is pegged at 5MP. So if you are familiar with the iPhone 6S, it is essentially the same, still the most advanced iPhone yet, but smaller and fits perfectly in the hand.


Apple said that this new iOS 9.3-powered smartphone will be first released in the US starting March 31 with $399 price tag for the 16GB version while the bigger 64GB is going to be for $499. More markets will follow in May and looks like the Philippines is one of those. And since it is an Apple device, most likely it will be available on postpaid services from big telcos in the country.

While many users may find the decision to use a design that was introduced in 2013 with the iPhone 5S not that exciting, I believe this is the best move both for Apple and the consumers who plan to either switch to iOS for the first time or upgrade their existing iPhone but does not prefer the bigger ones.

First is, since the design and dimension were already available to be reused, this didn't take Apple so much time, effort and probably money to reconfigure the bigger and current iPhones to 4 incher variants or to come up with design. That being said, this eventually resulted to a much more affordable asking price for the device. And to be honest, this particular design of iPhone is not really bad, it looks solid, premium and compact.

You may also want to read my iPhone 6S hands-on and initial impressions article here.

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