Second generation iPhone SE revealed by Apple for $399

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Last week rumours flooded the internet that Apple would be releasing a second generation of iPhone SE. While the rumourmongers got their timing a tad off, Apple has now released a new mobile device, featuring a body similar to that of the iPhone 8.

The original iPhone SE utilised a design inspired by the iconic iPhone 5, but whether the iPhone 8 is as iconic a reference is up for debate.

The move to release this device from Apple makes a lot of sense though. Yes, the COVID-19 pandemic will place a hamper on things, but the firm has been able to do well in past quarters thanks to the sale of the iPhone XR in particular.

Either way, now Apple fans have a new device priced in the premium mid-range space, with the iPhone XR having proved a popular device previously.

Speaking of which, the new iPhone SE will start retailing for $399 (~R7 465) Stateside, with the option to trade-in an existing iPhone to purchase the latest offering at a reduced price.

Given that Apple has only just revealed the new iPhone SE, there is no local pricing or availability at this stage, but the device is expected in selected regions come 24th April.

South Africa will still be under national lockdown at that stage, so it remains to be seen how and when local consumers can get their hands on the new iPhone SE.

Shifting to some of the hardware that Apple has opted for in this device, the A13 Bionic chipset is doing the heavy lifting. There are also 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage options available, but RAM and battery size are yet to be divulged for some reason. Up front is a Retina HD display, with home button sitting below it. There’s also a 7MP selfie camera and 12MP primary shooter on the rear.

While it is down on lenses compared to other iPhones, Apple says aforementioned A13 Bionic chip will assist in creating noteworthy pictures. The last couple of elements worth noting are an IP67-rated waterproofness and dust resistance, as well as the new iPhone SE shipping with iOS 13.

With many companies suffering to get their devices into the hands of consumers at the moment, it should be interesting to see what the appetite is for this new offering, as well as how lockdowns will be negotiated.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.