Apple’s iPhone SE was first unveiled back in March of 2016 and it continues on as the company’s flagship small display 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 worthy of your attention.
Smartphone shoppers often overlook the iPhone SE due to its size (it looks like the iPhone 5s) and age, but the 4-inch device continues to hold its own as we push into 2018. And with no iPhone SE 2 release in sight, it will remain an option at Apple and its retail partners for the foreseeable future.
An iPhone SE 2 is rumored for 2018, but nothing is confirmed until Apple executives take the stage to confirm a new 4-inch model. (Or until a long list of credible sources outs Apple’s plans ahead of time.)
By now 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 new iOS 11 operating system.
That said, there are a few things current, and prospective, iPhone SE users 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 sometime this year, this guide should help.
The iPhone SE is 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 8 users, iPhone 7 users and soon, iPhone X 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), but 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 close in on the second anniversary of its launch.
Don't let its size fool you.