APPLE HAS MADE the iPhone SE official following months of rumour and speculation surrounding the pint-sized smartphone.
The iPhone SE is, as expected, essentially an upgraded iPhone 5S with the innards of an iPhone 6S, and sees Apple targeting those still in the market for a 4in smartphone. According to early data, the smartphone is already proving a hit among uneducated men and Android users.
If you're considering picking one up, we've rounded up everything you need to know about the handset's pricing and availability below. You can also check out our full iPhone SE review.
The iPhone SE is now available, with the handset shipping to those who pre-ordered and available to pick-up in store. Pre-orders kicked off on 21 March, before the handset's 31 March release date.
The iPhone SE is available to order now at Apple's website. Available in 16GB and 64GB configurations, the smartphone costs £359 and £439 SIM-free respectively.
The handset is available to pick up from all the major UK operators too.
EE has started taking pre-orders, and is offering the 16GB iPhone SE for free on a £29.99 per month tariff, complete with 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB data. This increases to £34.99 per month for the 64GB model.
The 16GB iPhone SE can be picked up from O2 for £29 a month with 500MB monthly data, increasing to £33 per month for 1GB data. Tariffs for the 64GB model start at £34 a month.
Three, late to the game, has started taking orders for the iPhone SE. Pricing starts at £31 per month with no upfront cost, which will get you unlimited minutes and texts and 1GB data. The price increases to £36 per month for the 64GB iPhone SE.
Vodafone has kicked off pre-orders, and is offering the 16GB iPhone SE from £26 a month with a £99 upfront cost. This tariff comes with 1GB data, 1,000 minutes and unlimited texts. This monthly cost is upped to £32 for the 64GB version.
Carphone Warehouse is offering the handset on contracts with EE, O2, Vodafone and its own iD network. Prices for the 16GB iPhone SE start at £29.99 a month, and from £32 a month for the 64GB model.
Despite being a smaller smartphone, Apple is pitching the iPhone SE as the equal to the larger iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus by boasting the same A9 processor and 12MP iSight camera, which includes Apple's dual-tone flash and the ability to shoot 4K video. There's also a 1.2MP camera on the front of the iPhone SE.
The handset features the Touch ID fingerprint technology found in the newer iPhones as well as support for Apple Pay.
Apple said that the iPhone SE is aimed at new users of iPhone devices, many of whom often choose smaller 4in devices first, rather than the newer, large 4.7 and 5.5 in models. This is particularly the case in China, a key market for Apple.
Tim Cook said, unsurprisingly, that he was very excited about the new device: "I’m really excited about iPhone SE - many, many customers have asked for this and I think they’re really going to love it."
Offering an upgrade over the iPhone 5C before it, the metal-clad iPhone SE has a 1,642mAh battery that Apple claims will offer up to 14 hours of talk-time when hooked up to a 3G connection.
The device comes in four colours: space grey, gold, rose gold and silver.
According to reports, the iPhone SE costs Apple ¢220 (around £155) in total to build.
Apple announced during the 21 March launch event that the new iOS 9.3 software update is available immediately, meaning that iPhone SE owners can update to the latest version of iOS out of the box. µ
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