Two years after reviving the line, Apple’s bringing the SE back for another go. The iPhone’s little sibling won supports when it was unveiled in 2018 as a low-cost alternative to the flagship smartphone. The line is a way of keep the iOS software fresh, while maintaining lower price points through older designs and some last-gen components.
For those who’ve lost the Apple design thread post-iPhone X, it’s a welcome way to maintain a more classic design. And, perhaps most important, it’s a way to stay in the Apple ecosystem in an age when flagships routinely top $1,000. The new handset arrives with an upgraded chip — the A15 bionic, the same chip found on the company’s latest flagship, iPhone 13.
As expected, the new version of the budget device sticks to the old glass and aluminum design, built around a 4.7-inch display.