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Apple’s iPhone SE is faster, smaller and cheaper

In order to serve the loyalists stuck to the 4-inch screen iPhone 5s, Apple took a step back by launching the iPhone SE. The iPhone SE packs the guts and brains of the iPhone 6s in a body similar to the iPhone 5s.

tech Updated: Mar 22, 2016 15:08 IST
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After an honorary flashback to all the products from Apple, Tim Cook wasted no time addressing their standoff with the FBI before announcing a new iPhone and iPad Pro.(Apple)

In order to serve the loyalists stuck to the 4-inch screen iPhone 5s, Apple took a step back by launching the iPhone SE. The iPhone SE packs the guts and brains of the iPhone 6s in a body similar to the iPhone 5s.

The latest kid in the iPhone family trumps the iPhone 6 in terms of everything except for screen size. It has the latest 12 MP iSight camera found on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. As a result, it also supports the Live Photos feature and 4K video recording. But sadly, it skips the 3D touch exclusive to them. The latest iPhone also supports Apple Pay via a built-in NFC chip. The new iPhone will be available in rose gold too.

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The new iPhone with a 4-inch screen called the iPhone SE costs $399 for a 16 GB version, and $499 for the 64 GB version. The phone will initially launch in 12 countries, but not in India, on March 24.

According to Apple, “ The iPhone SE will be available in space grey, silver, gold and rose gold metallic finishes in 16GB and 64GB models starting at Rs 30,000 from Apple Authorised Resellers and select carriers in India by early April.”

Though the tech giant later updated the price to Rs 39,000 for the iPhone SE in India.

Besides the new smaller iPhone, Apple also launched a smaller iPad Pro with the 9.7-inch screen size (like iPad Air), support for Apple Pencil and a keyboard cover. It will also be available in Rose Gold and up to 256 GB of storage.

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Apple is also cutting the price of the Apple Watch to $299.

After an honorary flashback to all the products from Apple, Tim Cook wasted no time addressing their standoff with the FBI over privacy of iPhone users.

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