Apple’s New iPhone SE is Great, but it’s Insulting
Apple just released their newest iPhone, the iPhone SE, and in a nutshell, it’s the iPhone 6S in an iPhone 5S chassis. That’s all nice, really, but I’m not as enthusiastic about it as I should be.
Save for Apple’s 3D Touch technology and maybe a few more emissions, the iPhone SE packs a lot of specs from the iPhone 6S – the speed, the software, Touch ID, the cameras and more in a smaller body that houses a 4-inch display.
Apple is selling us an iPhone with a 4 year old design
I honestly would consider getting an iPhone SE since huge phones can get really tiring to maneuver, and small phones these days come with big compromises, but the design that it’s using is the iPhone 5 design that debuted in 2012, and while that should save them costs and engineering time, it screams lazy – with the only way of people knowing that you upgraded is if you look closely or if, you guessed it, you get the Rose Gold version. It’s not that you want people to know you have a new phone, but it would take away from Apple’s premium experience when you’re using a phone with a 4 year old design.
The iPhone SE is a more affordable 6S with few compromises
And speaking of costs, the recycled design should be the reason why Apple is able to sell it at the price of just $399. That’s $250 cut from the iPhone 6S. If I had an iPhone 6S and I didn’t care about size nor 3D Touch, it would have frustrated me a lot knowing I could have saved around Php11,600 if I waited. Besides, generally speaking, the iPhone 5 is a better-designed phone at launch compared to the iPhone 6.
And finally – the iPhone SE’s base model is still at 16GB, which is really unacceptable at this point.
Don’t get me wrong, though, because generally, I like the premise behind the iPhone SE – an ‘affordable’ small iPhone with very little compromises. It’s just that, I expected a little more from Apple, the company who positions itself with the words “Think Different”, and I don’t see anything new here.