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Apple Announces Revamped iPhone SE

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The new version will begin shipping next week.

Yesterday was iPhone’s latest announcement event, titled “Peek Performance.” Apple certainly had no shortage of no offerings to show us, including the new Apple M1 Ultra, the newest version of Mac Studio, and the new 27-inch 5K Studio Display monitor that actually comes with its own stand. Besides all that, though, they also had some new news on the iPhone front, specifically about a revival of one of their older models.

Apple announced that they would be creating a refreshed version of 2020’s original iPhone SE, intended to be a simpler, more affordable (relatively speaking) model of iPhone. The new edition of the iPhone SE will feature sub-6GHz 5G compatibility and an A15 Bionic chip system, all packed behind a relatively compact 4.7-inch screen. Unlike some of the fancier iPhone models, the new SE only has one 12-megapixel f/1.8 camera lens, but some new software under the hood allows it to take crisper pictures than its predecessor without getting carried away in the hardware department.

Thanks to its A15 chipset, the 2022 SE is also billed to have a much better battery life than the previous model, ballparked at up to 15 hours of video playback, 10 hours of streaming video, and 50 hours of music. The 2022 SE is pretty much an all-around improvement on the previous model, though of course that means it costs more, with a planned cost of $429 for the 64 GB model. Pre-orders will open this Friday, and begin shipping on March 18.