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The iPhone SE (Special Edition)[3] is a smartphone that was designed and marketed by Apple Inc. It was released on March 31, 2016, and served as the successor to iPhone 5S. The iPhone SE was discontinued on September 12, 2018, along with the iPhone 6S and iPhone X, and Apple has not announced a successor to this model.

iPhone SE
IPhone SE logo.svg
IPhone SE Rose Gold.svg
iPhone SE in Rose Gold
Brand Apple Inc.
Slogan A big step for small
Model A1662 (US model)
A1723 (Sprint and in most countries)
A1724 (China Mobile model)
Compatible networks GSM, CDMA, 3G, EVDO, HSPA+, LTE
First released March 31, 2016; 2 years ago (2016-03-31) (16 and 64 GB); March 21, 2017; 17 months ago (2017-03-21) (32 and 128 GB)
Availability by Region
  • March 21, 2017 (16 and 64 GB)
  • September 12, 2018 (32 and 128 GB)
Predecessor iPhone 5S
Successor None
Type Smartphone
Form factor Slate
  • 123.8 mm (4.87 in) H
  • 58.6 mm (2.31 in) W
  • 7.6 mm (0.30 in) D
Weight 113 g (4.0 oz)
Operating system Original: iOS 9.3
Current: iOS 12.0, released September 17, 2018 (2018-09-17)
System on chip Apple A9
CPU 1.85 GHz dual-core 64-bit ARMv8-A "Twister"
GPU PowerVR GT7600 (hexa-core)
Memory 2 GB LPDDR4 RAM[2]
Storage 16, 32, 64 and 128 GB
Battery 3.82 V 6.21 W·h (1,624 mA·h) Lithium-ion battery
Data inputs Multi-touch touchscreen display, Apple M9 motion coprocessor, 3-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, digital compass, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, Touch ID fingerprint reader
Display 4.0 in (100 mm) Retina Display, LED-backlit IPS LCD, 1136 × 640 pixel resolution (326 ppi)
Rear camera Backlit Sony Exmor RS 12 MP (1.22 μm), dual-tone LED flash, autofocus, IR filter, burst mode, f/2.2 aperture, 4K video recording at 30 fps or 1080p at 30 or 60 fps, slow-motion video (1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps)
Front camera 1.2 MP, f/2.4 aperture, exposure control, face detection, auto-HDR, Retina Flash, 720p video recording
Sound Mono speaker, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
Connectivity Lightning Port, stereo audio jack
SAR Head SAR: 1.17 W/kg
Body SAR: 1.19 W/kg
Website iPhone SE - Apple at the Wayback Machine (archived May 3, 2016)

A significant number of users have expressed discontentment due to the lack of a new affordable iPhone with a 4-inch screen. Business Insider considered the discontinuation of the iPhone SE to be "a big mistake by removing its smallest and most affordable iPhone from its lineup", hinting that Apple was disregarding a significant customer base.[4]



The previous major redesign of the iPhone, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, resulted in larger screen sizes. However a significant number of customers still preferred the 4-inch screen size of the iPhone 5 and 5S. Apple stated in their event that they sold 30 million 4-inch iPhones in 2015.[5][6]



The exterior design of the iPhone SE is nearly identical to that of the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5, with the exception of matte-chamfered edges and an inset stainless steel rear Apple logo. Cases designed to fit the 5 and the 5S will also fit an iPhone SE.[7] The iPhone SE is available in space gray, silver, gold and rose gold.[8]


The iPhone SE incorporates the Apple A9 system-on-chip (SoC) with an M9 motion coprocessor and supports near field communication for Apple Pay. It was released with 16 GB or 64 GB of internal storage. It features a 12 megapixel rear-facing camera with the ability to record 4K at 30 frames per second. Unlike the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, the SE does not include 3D Touch, nor the updated faster second-generation Touch ID sensor from the 6S and 6S Plus,[9] or its barometer.[10]

On March 21, 2017, Apple announced that it would double the storage for these models at the same launch prices.[11][12]


The iPhone SE shipped with iOS 9.3, supporting iPhone 6 and 6S-exclusive features such as Apple Pay, Live Photos, Retina Flash and always-on Siri voice activation.[8][10][13] The SE is compatible with iOS 12.[14]


CNET was positive, considering the iPhone SE to be a "great choice at the small end, with no compromises". [12] CNET also lauded Apple for accomplishing the task of adapting the 6S's hardware to three different form factors; the smaller SE, 4.7-inch 6S, and 5.5-inch 6S Plus.[15][12]

The Verge considered the iPhone SE to be "a much-improved, well-designed, small phone with great battery life" and a "great upgrade" for existing owners of the 4S or 5S models, noting the device's familiar form factor, high performance (going as far as considering the screen size itself to be the only hindrance to multitasking and certain apps), and improved battery life. Giving the device an 8.7 out of 10, Goode argued that "the iPhone SE is not a tiny little engine of innovation. It's today's tech in yesterday's phone body. As with anything, we should be wary of giving too much praise to something that's just doing its job."[16]

Timeline of modelsEdit

IPhone XRIPhone XSIPhone XSIPhone XIPhone 8IPhone 8IPhone 7IPhone 7IPhone 6SIPhone 6SIPhone 6IPhone 6IPhone SEIPhone 5CIPhone 5SIPhone 5IPhone 4SIPhone 4IPhone 3GSIPhone 3GIPhone (1st generation) 
Sources: Apple Newsroom Archive[17]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "iPhone SE 4/7開賣 5大電信公布預約日 | 重點新聞 | 中央社即時新聞 CNA NEWS". 中央通訊社 (in Chinese). Retrieved June 28, 2016. 
  2. ^ Miller, Chance (March 30, 2016). "First iPhone SE teardown reveals mainly 5s/6s parts inside, but a few surprises too". 9to5Mac. Retrieved March 31, 2016. 
  3. ^ "What the iPhone SE stands for – and what we think it should stand for". TechRadar. Retrieved March 21, 2017. 
  4. ^ Dave Smith (2018-09-18). "Apple made a big mistake by killing the iPhone SE, its smallest and most affordable smartphone - Business Insider Nordic". Business Insider Nordic. Retrieved 2018-09-22. 
  5. ^ "With the iPhone SE, Apple Returns to a Masterpiece of Design". March 22, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2016. 
  6. ^ "iPhone SE Reviews: Apple's Strange Case Of Jekyll And Hyde". March 26, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Yes, your old iPhone 5s case will fit on the new iPhone SE". Macworld. IDG. Retrieved March 22, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Apple shows off 4-inch iPhone SE, iOS 9.3". Ziff Davis. Retrieved March 22, 2016. 
  9. ^ H., Victor (March 21, 2016). "Apple iPhone SE TouchID is the same as in 5s, same as the iPhone 6s fingerprint sensor". PhoneArena. Retrieved March 22, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "5 features you don't get with the iPhone SE". CNET. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 22, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Apple doubles iPhone SE storage to 32GB and 128GB". The Verge. Retrieved March 21, 2017. 
  12. ^ a b c "Minor iPhone bump turns the 7 and 7 Plus red, gives iPhone SE more storage". Ars Technica. Retrieved March 21, 2017. 
  13. ^ "iPhone SE vs. iPhone 6 and 6S: which Apple smartphone should you get?". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved March 22, 2016. 
  14. ^ "iOS 12: More power to you". Apple Inc. Retrieved September 21, 2018. 
  15. ^ "Apple iPhone SE review: Small wonder". CNET. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 28, 2016. 
  16. ^ Goode, Lauren. "iPhone SE review: today's tech, yesterday's design". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved September 28, 2016. 
  17. ^ Apple Inc. (2007-2018). iPhone News - Newsroom Archive. Retrieved June 7, 2018.

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Preceded by
iPhone 5S
iPhone SE
Succeeded by