Apple Announces New iPhone SE, Starts at Only PhP26,490!


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Earlier today, Apple announced its second-generation iPhone SE, now powered by the A13 bionic, bolstered by improved optics, and more.

iPhone SE 2020

Photo: Apple

The new iPhone SE has in three colors – Black, White, and (PRODUCT) RED, and has a 4.7-inch Retina HD display with True Tone, Touch ID, and support for Dolby Vision and HDR10 playback. It also uses Haptic Touch for Quick Actions, and its IP67 rating means it’s water-resistant up to 1m for 30 minutes.

The Home button that a lot of you have missed is back, designed with sapphire crystal for durability, and a steel ring to detect fingerprint for Touch ID.

The A13 Bionic that powers the device features a dedicated 8-core Neural Engine, a pair of Machine Learning Accelerators, and a new Machine Learning Controller to balance efficiency and performance.

A well sought-out feature, the new iPhone SE is now wireless-charging capable when used with Qi-Certified chargers, and now supports fast-charging, delivering up to 50% charge in just half an hour. For connectivity, you also get Wi-Fi 6 and Gigabit-class LTE.

Apple claims that the new iPhone SE packs the best single-camera experience in an iPhone. It’s equipped with a 12MP f/1.8 Wide snapper and boasts features such as Portrait Mode as well as Portrait Lighting Effects and Depth Control. With Smart HDR, the device can apply intelligent re-lighting in recognized subjects for a more natural-looking image.

As for videos, the device can record up to 4K 60fps, and with QuickTake, you can record videos without switching out of photo mode.

iPhone SE with iOS 13 delivers a seamless integration of software and hardware. Enjoy a dramatic look with Dark Mode, a more private way to sign in to apps and websites with Sign In with Apple, and a new Maps experience that delivers faster and more accurate navigation, as well as street-level imagery with Look Around.


iPhone SE retails for PhP26,490 for the 64GB variant, PhP30,490 for the 128GB variant, and 36,490 for the 256GB variant.


Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.

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