- The iPhone SE has a 4.7inch screen and a home button with a fingerprint sensor
- Prices start at $399 in the US and £419 in the UK
- For advice on setting up an iPhone for seniors, read our guide here
Apple has released its latest iPhone, the SE – and it’s perfect for those on a tight budget or looking for a first iPhone.
The Phone SE is available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models in black, white and red starting at $399 in the US and £419 in the UK.
In the US customers can also get the iPhone SE for $9.54 a month without a contract. Customers will also get 1 year of Apple TV+ free.
You can preorder the phone from Apple today by going here.
It’s very similar in looks to the iPhone 8, with a 4.7-inch screen and the familiar home button with a fingerprint sensor built it.
However, internally Apple has given the phone some massive upgrades, including a far quicker processor and a much better camera.
While it’s still by no means a cheap device, at a time where getting online simply and safely is key, the SE offers the perfect mix of features and cost.
There are significantly cheaper phones out there, often running Google’s rival Android system, but we think the iPhone is simpler to use and less likely to suffer security problems.
It’s also worth noting if the price still seems high, refurbished (or renewed, as amazon calls them) versions of Apple’s original SE are available online for far less.
We’ve got a full guide to buying a bargain iPhone here.
12 Megapixel camera
The iPhone has a 12-megapixel camera, which is seriously impressive. While the camera itself is good, it also uses the new faster processor in the phone to improve your pictures as you take them.
This means you can use effects like portrait mode, which blurs the background to create professional looking snaps.
It’s also got a vastly improved front camera, which can also use portrait mode, and take stunning selfies.
You can also take super sharp video using the latest standard, 4K.
While the top of the range iPhones and iPads have Apple’s facial recognition system in, the SE sticks with the tried and test home button.
It’s got a steel ring to detect a user’s fingerprint for Touch ID.
Using Touch ID is a simple way to unlock your phone, fill in passwords, log in to apps, and even make payments without having to enter a password.
Instead, you simply place your finger on the home button, and it’ll analyse your fingerprint to work out who you are.
Apple’s iPhone SE – Verdict
The iPhone SE is the phone many have been waiting for. It’s the perfect mix of being (relatively) affordable, but having all the latest features.
As a first iPhone, it’s practically perfect – and highly recommended as a phone that’ll last you a very long time.
For advice on setting up an iPhone for seniors, read our guide here.