We test drive Apple’s new iPhone SE

We test drive Apple’s new iPhone SE

Company goes back to the smaller form factor.

Apple is hoping dynamite comes in small packages. Its new iPhone, unveiled on Monday, goes back to the smaller form factor used in the iPhone 5s and earlier models with a screen size of just four inches.

Claiming the iPhone SE is the most powerful 4-inch smartphone ever made, Apple said many customers have requested the reintroduction of a smaller iPhone.

With the SE, which comes in four colours — including the popular “rose gold” — Apple has not skimped on the internals. The phone comes with a 64-bit A9 processor and embedded motion co-processor, offering the same processing performance as the iPhone 6s.

Apple said the new phone also matches the graphics performance of the larger 6s.

The SE has a 12-megapixel camera capable of capturing video in up to 4K resolution.

Other features include 4G/LTE up to 150Mbit/s along with support for a wide range of LTE spectrum bands. It also supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi up to 433Mbit/s.

Like its bigger siblings, the iPhone SE comes with a fingerprint reader and near-field communication technology, with support for Apple Pay tap-and-go mobile payments.

The iPhone SE comes in two models, a 16GB version for US$399 and a 64GB version for $499.

Apple said the phone will be available in 110 countries — which presumably includes South Africa — by the end of May.

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