Apple’s iPhone SE was first unveiled back in March of 2016 and it’s still the company’s flagship 4-inch iPhone. If you aren’t thrilled with the 4.7-inch iPhone, 5.5-inch iPhone Plus, or the 5.8-inch iPhone X, the iPhone SE is definitely worth a look.
Smartphone shoppers often overlook the iPhone SE due to its size (it also looks like the iPhone 5s) and age, but the 4-inch device continues to hold its own as we push toward the release of Apple’s new 2018 iPhones.
Apple’s reportedly working on an iPhone SE 2, but nothing is confirmed until Apple executives take the stage to confirm it. The company is expected to announce three new iPhone models in September, but the iPhone SE 2 isn’t one of them.
With no firm iPhone SE 2 release date in sight, the iPhone SE will remain an option at Apple and its retail partners for the foreseeable future.
You know the iPhone SE is Apple’s top-of-the-line small screen option. You also probably know the device is running the company’s iOS 11 operating system.
That said, there are a few things current users and prospective iPhone SE buyers might not know about the device’s hardware, software, storage, price, and more
Today we want to take you through some of these lesser known details. If you’re thinking about buying the iPhone SE in 2018, this guide could help you make a decision.
The iPhone SE is Still Very Fast
The iPhone SE's size and age might have you worried about its performance. Yes, iPhone SE users are dealing with an assortment of problems, but so are iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 7 users.
We've been using the iPhone SE since launch and the device continues to impress us. In fact, the transition from iOS 10 to iOS 11 on the iPhone SE was a whole lot smoother than it was on the iPhone 7 Plus.
The iPhone SE iOS 11 update is performing at a high level on the device in our possession. Battery life is excellent. We haven't noticed any weird drain and we're still able to get solid use out of the device.
iPhone 7 Plus iOS 11 problems have subsided (for us, at least) and the phone definitely runs faster than the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6.
The device's performance is more on par with the iPhone 6s' iOS 11 update. Which makes a lot of sense given that the two devices share hardware. They both utilize Apple's A9 processor.
The iPhone SE might come in a small package, but it's performing well as we push deeper into 2018. Don't let its size fool you.