iPhone SE has been released, and it looks very similar to the iPhone SE 2020. While we heard a lot of information about the phone on stage, it is taken us a few days to hear about one greater detail.
According to a report using MacRumors, the new iPhone has 4GB of RAM, identical to the iPhone 13. This fact was once retrieved from the strings of code that Apple released after its first event for the year.
The iPhone SE 2020 reportedly had 3GB of RAM, so this would appear like an upgrade. While it does not precisely bring the new phone to the level of same-price Android rivals, many of which have 8GB or even 12GB of RAM, iOS is normally a much less RAM-intensive working system, so the spec isn’t as essential for Apple’s phones.
Increased RAM will result in better performance during day-to-day tasks like editing images, playing games, and multitasking – though not all apps require lots of it.
What’s New for iOS fans
The new iPhone SE would probably be simply quality with only 3GB of RAM, however having that more memory may want to bring benefits down the line.
That’s due to the fact it is giving Apple some greater wiggle room in the device for iOS – future builds of Apple’s smartphone operating system can be extra RAM-intensive except locking out the SE.
This ought to have two knock-on effects. Firstly, it lets Apple make iOS a bit extra complicated, with newer features or hints that make certain it is a remarkable operating system to use. Apple does not have to build its software program with its most inexpensive phone in mind.
Secondly, it ought to make sure that the iPhone SE 3 gets greater years of software updates, as its greater RAM will mean it can run more modern builds of iOS.
Either way, even though on paper 1GB more RAM would not sound like a game-changing feature, it may want to be good information for iOS users.
iPhone SE (2022) design and display
The third-gen iPhone SE has the same design as its predecessor – and therefore, the same look as the iPhone 8, a five-year-old phone.
That means it’s small and thin, with a big bezel and chin, and the latter one houses a physical power button too. People who find the iPhone 13 range too angular might appreciate the curvy sides of the phone here.
The front and back of the phone is made of glass, with an aluminum frame between them – this is a very 2017 design for Apple. It’s quite a svelte device, and the flat back is only broken up by a tiny camera bump on the back.
There’s a Lightning port for charging, and a cable comes in the box (but no power block), but there isn’t a 3.5mm headphone jack.
You can buy the phone in black, white, or red, which is a more limited collection of colors than the iPhone SE 2020, and may disappoint people who expected a vast range of shades.
The screen specs are identical to that on the iPhone SE (2020) – that means it’s a 4.7-inch display, which may seem incredibly petite compared to the giant 6.8-inch Pro Max devices.
It’s an LCD screen with a 750 x 1334 resolution and 60Hz refresh rate – those aren’t fantastic specs for the price, and this phone definitely isn’t for people who want to stream loads of videos online.
iPhone SE (2022) camera and battery life
We usually call this section in our hubs ‘cameras and battery life’ but that plural is inappropriate in this case because Apple seems to be sticking with its one-camera solution.
So the iPhone SE (2022) has a single 12MP rear camera, which presumably has an improved sensor over the last SE, though this wasn’t confirmed.
At the launch, Apple showed off a few camera features, including Portrait mode and Photographic Styles, or filters, though these aren’t new to smartphones or even iPhones.Advertisement
The company has stated that the A15 Bionic chipset (more on that later) brings improvements in the camera department, but it’s highly unlikely these benefits will be noticeable to the average user.
The front camera is the same 7MP snapper as we saw two years ago – don’t expect high-res selfies here then. One new addition is a slow-mo video to this snapper. Slowfies, didn’t Apple used to call them? We’re not surprised it’s dropped that name…
In terms of battery, Apple never reveals its phone’s capacities ahead of time – we always have to wait for breakdowns to bring us that information. However, Apple says the iPhone SE (2022) brings “better battery life”. From what? Presumably last year’s model, but that wasn’t specified.
iPhone SE (2022) performance and software
The iPhone SE (2022) is getting the iPhone 13’s chipset, in the A15 Bionic, so expect similar processing speeds and battery optimization.
What about RAM? Apple never specifies it, so we’ll have to wait for teardowns again, but expect it to be 3GB or 4GB.
That chipset promises lots of power for gaming – or whatever games you can play on that tiny screen – but battery optimization and AI smarts are its real benefits.
The software is iOS 15, again like the iPhone 13 has, so this will likely feel like a similar device. Oh, except with a tiny screen.
One upgrade is that, unlike the older iPhone SE, the third-gen version is getting 5G connectivity, so it should give a much quicker internet connection for people who live in areas with network coverage.
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