Apple announces new-gen iPhone SE

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Apple has officially announced the new generation iPhone SE and it's only $399.

It looks just like an iPhone 8, a design Apple has been refreshing since the iPhone 6, and features the same 4.7-inch IPS Retina display with True Tone Color. It will ship out with 64GB storage, but there will be 128GB and 256GB options, for a slightly higher price.

What's interesting here is the iPhone SE will have the A13 Bionic processor in it. That's the same one used in iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. That puts the performance level of the iPhone SE right on top. This will also allow people who have been clinging to their iPhones 6, 7, or even 8, to consider upgrading for the long haul.

The A13 Bionic chip will allow the iPhone SE to have better Smart HDR photography and will utilize machine learning to detect depth to improve picture quality. Apple also said that the iPhone SE has 4K video stabilization at 60fps.

It will support Qi wireless charging and Wi-Fi 6, the new generation of Wi-Fi that improves internet speed and connection. The iPhone SE will also feature dual-SIM. It's important to clarify, the second SIM comes in the form of eSIM.

In the US, it is priced at $399. Using the foreign exchange rate at the time of this writing, which is P50.91, puts the iPhone SE at around P20,000.

To cut back it's cost, the iPhone SE has, obviously, a small screen, one 12MP rear camera without night mode. It doesn't support FaceID, and instead, will rely on the good ole TouchID. According to some tech websites, the iPhone SE doesn't have the custom U1 chip, which creates a high-powered micro GPS that is mainly used in features such as AirDrop.


Along with the announcement of the iPhone SE, is the launch of Project Red, where Apple will be donating a part of profits for a cause. Normally, donation goes to raise awareness and fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. This year, those donations are going to help fund COVID-19 relief.

As of now there is no local pricing or date set when the iPhone SE will be released.