Last week, Apple announced its new second generation, iPhone SE, which features a 4.7-inch Retina HD display and Touch ID for “industry-leading” security. The iPhone SE starts at just $399, making it Apple’s most affordable iPhone. Other features include the Apple-designed A13 Bionic—the fastest chip in a smartphone and a single-camera system. The phone is water and dust resistant.
“The first iPhone SE was a hit with many customers who loved its unique combination of small size, high-end performance and affordable price; the new second-generation iPhone SE builds on that great idea and improves on it in every way — including our best-ever single-camera system for great photos and videos — while still being very affordable,” Apple senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller said in a statement. “iPhone SE features the industry-leading performance of A13 Bionic that enables great battery life, takes stunning Portrait mode and Smart HDR photos, shoots amazing videos with stereo audio, is great for games and super fast web surfing, and is built with the same industry-leading security features our customers expect. We can’t wait to get iPhone SE into customers’ hands.”
New iPhone SE does not have 5G
Between the lower price point and technical features, there’s a lot to like about the iPhone SE. While Apple noted the phone can access “lightning fast” download speeds with Wi-Fi 6, and Gigabit-class LTE, the next generation of wireless, 5G, is not mentioned.
There were a few clues that the iPhone SE would not support 5G, however. First, there’s the price. The phone starts at $399, which is less expensive than other 5G-enabled mobile devices. Second, no iPhones support 5G to date—it was unlikely that this would be the first one to do so. Apple planned to release its first 5G-capable iPhone in September, but the rollout could be delayed due to the Coronavirus outbreak and other factors.
Since the iPhone SE is geared towards more budget-conscious customers and will likely be more popular outside of the U.S., according to analysts, it perhaps makes sense for Apple to hold 5G for some of its more high-profile devices.
“There are enough other products, even within the existing Apple portfolio, to meet the needs of what the SE 2 would do,” Strategy Analytics analyst Ken Hyers told CNET. “But more to the point, Apple really does want to push the 5G portfolio as much as it can in North America.”
The Apple iPhone SE is currently available for pre-order and will be available for purchase on April 24.