An attendee inspects the new iPhone SE at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California. Image Credit: AFP

The latest iPhone release was announced on Monday along with details about the latest iPad Pro (9.7 inch diagonal size) and a variety of bands for the Apple watch.

Screen size

The screen is a 4-inch retina display going back to the original Apple mantra for compact smartphones and is similar in size and shape to the iPhone 5S.


The iPhone SE boasts a 64-bit A9 chipset which is the same found in iPhone 6S and 6S plus. With a 1.8GHz dual-core processor and 2GB RAM, we are promised a superior and powerful all-round performance. Also embedded in the A9 chipset is the M9 motion co-processor that connects to fitness and motion-related apps.


The primary camera is a 12MP iSight camera along with ability to shoot 4K videos. The front camera comes with retina flash and HD. Live photos, dual-LED flash and and True Tone flash for selfies are some other great features.


Touch ID and 4G LTE speeds make this many steps above the iPhone 5S. The software version is IOS 9.3.


The price of the base model of 16GB is US$399 (approx. Dh1,465) and the 64GB version will be available for US$499 (approx. Dh1,835).

In the UAE, these models are to be sold at the base prices of Dh1,649 (16GB) and Dh2,049 (64GB) respectively. Check here for details

First-wave countries 

Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, US Virgin Islands and the US will be able to pre-order iPhone SE from March 24, with phones being available from March 31.

Second-wave countries

UAE, Albania, Andorra, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Guernsey, Jersey, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Maldives, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Turkey will get the iPhone in early April.

To buy or not to buy

For people who want a great quality iPhone for an affordable price, the iPhone SE is a great buy. It has all the powerful features of the latest IPhone built into the much-loved design of the iPhone 5S