Apple is really working hard to create affordable iPhones with many of the same bells and whistles that exist in their higher-end models. Eight months ago, it was the baseline iPhone 11 with the 64GB version coming in at $699. Now, they’ve created a smartphone that is half that cost and runs on the same A13 Bionic chip.
The second-generation iPhone SE which is available today starts at $399 -- an iPhone price we’ve only really seen in older generations or pre-owned models. As Apple puts it, they put the brains of an iPhone 11 in the body of an iPhone SE. But as everyone is referring to it, the new iPhone SE is a more powerful iPhone 8.
That means there is still a home button, a single rear camera, a regular old screen without a notch, Touch ID, and Portrait Mode all wrapped up in the identical size and shape of the iPhone 8. The two main differences though are the price and the fact that the iPhone SE is more than likely to hold up longer than an iPhone 8 through iOS updates.
As of right now, the most cost effective iPhone option is this new iPhone SE. Sure, you might miss out on some of the cool features by going with the SE rather than the iPhone 11 like Face ID, the triple lens rear camera, and features like Night Mode, Slofies and Deep Fusion processing but for a lot of people, that probably won’t matter.
Take my mom for example. She is currently using my old iPhone 5 from 2013 and up until recently, she was pretty happy with it. But then it started slowing down, barely holding a charge, and glitching. She doesn’t want to spend a ton of money on a new iPhone, she just wants one that’ll run well, hold up for a few years, and work the way she’s used to. And for the first time, Apple has given her the answer to that question.