Apple has released the new iPhone SE with several updates that make it an attractive option for those who are new to iPhones or on a budget. Despite its higher price, Apple’s new iPhone model is more cost-effective than its predecessor. Stunning, bright, and bursting with colour, the Retina HD display makes everything look incredible. iPhone SE 3 can be unlocked and apps accessed with Touch ID, a fast, simple, and secure method.
Many people dislike the design of the iPhone SE 3 because of its smaller size and the physical Home button with Touch ID. A smaller phone is desirable – my favourite smartphone is the iPhone 13 mini – but those who find it challenging to master iOS’s gesture-based system may find the physical Home button appealing. Aside from that, I believe the pandemic made us realize how valuable Touch ID is for biometric authentication.
iPhone SE 3 Top Features
The Bionic A15
It shares the same processor as the current-generation flagship iPhone 13 lineup, following the pattern set by the previous model. Like the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, the iPhone SE 3 is equipped with a powerful A15 Bionic system on a chip with two performance cores and four high-efficiency cores.
The A15 Bionic is a notable upgrade over the A13 Bionic found in the iPhone SE2. After its release last September, the A15 Bionic was more well known for its efficiency, as it doesn’t blow the previous A14 away in terms of performance, but it helps usher in better battery life.
However, it’s not just about battery life or raw speed. The A15 has other advantages, such as supporting Smart HDR 4, Photographic Styles, and Deep Fusion. Additionally, the A15’s image signal processor enhances video quality, improving skin tones, and reducing low-light noise.
Compared to the second-generation iPhone SE, the A15 offers noticeable performance improvements, enables improved battery life, and unlocks new photo-centric features.
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5G cellular connectivity
Adding 5G cellular connectivity to the iPhone SE 3 is welcome. It does not support millimetre-wave connectivity but supports the far more helpful low- and mid-band 5G spectrum. Since the iPhone 12 launch, I never have been able to connect to mmWave in my local area, even though Verizon and others are excited about the technology. mmWave requires users to be within spitting distance of a tower to work.
But low-band 5G is quite useful, especially in rural areas, and a faster mid-band 5G spectrum – the so-called sweet spot of the 5G layer cake – provides faster speed and the ability to travel over longer distances and penetrate walls. In other words, don’t feel like you’re missing out on the so-called “true” mmWave 5G found on the iPhone 13 because, in most cases, it wouldn’t be available to you anyway.
Longer battery life
Despite having the same dimensions and design as its predecessor, the iPhone SE 3 has improved battery life. Along with a slightly larger battery with updated chemistry, the A15’s efficiency improvements provide two additional hours of video playback and 10 additional hours of audio playback.
You will be even more impressed if you upgrade from an older iPhone, such as the iPhone 6s. According to Apple, the iPhone SE offers four more hours of video playback than the iPhone 6s.
iPhone SE 3 Water-Resistant
Apple’s iPhone SE copes with common liquid spills, including water, coffee, tea, and juice. Neither is it bothered by a bit of dust.
Deep Fusion and Smart HDR
The iPhone SE 3 has the same wide-angle camera as the iPhone SE 2, but it also features two key improvements for photography, Deep Fusion and Smart HDR4.
Apple’s Smart HDR 4 adds individual adjustments to subjects and backgrounds for contrast, colour, and noise. The result is a single photo that combines the best parts of two separate exposures.
The 16-core Neural Engine on the A15 Bionic enables Deep Fusion on the iPhone 11. The Deep Fusion image processing system utilizes advanced machine learning to merge nine photos into one, picking the best from each. Next, it performs pixel-by-pixel processing on textures, noise, and details. Deep Fusion should typically result in lower noise levels and more detail, particularly in high-texture areas like sweaters and animal fur.
New with the iPhone 13, Photographic Styles allow you to apply specific styles during capture while preserving skin tones and preview the look prior to capture. Users can choose from four customizable styles: rich contrast, vibrant, warm, and cool. It is possible to customize tone and warmth settings for each style, and each setting remains persistent.
Photographic Styles give your camera direction. When you select a look – such as Warm or Cool – the iPhone SE selectively applies the adjustments, preserving the natural look of the skies and skin tones. You’ll get the look you like with your photos right away.
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Colours of iPhone SE
There are three colour options available on the iPhone SE: Midnight, Starlight, and (PRODUCT)RED.
Privacy in iPhone SE
An iPhone gives you control over your personal information. When you browse, Safari intelligently blocks trackers from profiling you and lets you know which ones have been blocked in your Privacy Report. The list goes on and on.
Price of iPhone SE
In spite of a $30 price increase compared to the iPhone SE 2, I still think it’s a reasonable price for a phone with Apple’s latest system on a chip and 5G cellular capability. You can get the iPhone 11 for $70 more, which has a dual-camera system with an ultra-wide lens. Those interested in photography will find the iPhone 11 compelling, at $499, as it has a much better rear and front-facing camera system with 4K video capture and a 6.1-inch display with Face ID.
The iPhone 12 mini, which costs $600, does Apple offer the next cheapest iPhone. Considering that the iPhone SE costs $429, the price jump to the 12 mini, a smartphone with a history of battery life issues, isn’t really worth it.