Apple’s new iPhone SE Plus: everything we know so far

Apple's new iPhone SE Plus: everything we know so far

Apple’s next iPhone, the successor to the iPhone 6s Plus and the iPhone SE, has been one of the worst-kept secrets in the smartphone industry. What will it be called? It has to be an S phone, right? How many new features will it have? Will Apple release two different versions of it? These are just some of the questions that have been on everyone’s mind as we await official confirmation about Apple’s next flagship smartphone. Here’s everything we know so far about Apple’s next iPhone.

 Smartphone wars

The Android-powered marketplace may be flourishing, but the iPhones are still wildly popular among consumers, and Apple has been working to make them even more attractive to buyers. Their latest effort is the iPhone SE Plus, which is designed for the company’s smaller audience of consumers. The phone will reportedly have a 4.7 inch screen and feature Face ID that won’t be released until next year.

Price-wise, it could start at $550 if it comes with 64GB of storage or be $600 if you get 128GB. And unlike most other big names in smartphone technology, Apple would also offer an option for a 256GB upgrade as well as at least two color choices–space gray and silver–in addition to gold. There’s no word yet on when this model might come out, but rumors point to sometime before October.

What do you get?

The size is 4.87-inch display and it has a 1,600 by 860 resolution with a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch (ppi). The camera system on the device offers 12 megapixels, 1080p video at 30 frames per second. The rear-facing camera has a 4x digital zoom and can capture slow motion video in 720p at 120 frames per second. All of this is powered by an A9 chip with 2 GB of RAM and up to 128 GB storage.

The battery life on the SE is good for around 14 hours mixed use on wi-fi and 10 hours mixed use on LTE but may vary depending on the individual user. Apple promises that the SE will work on all major carriers including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular. Apple also said that there are over 20 accessories available for purchase or preorder including cases from Speck, Otterbox and others.

Price & Release Date

Apple has not yet announced the release date for the new phone, but it will reportedly be released sometime this fall. In a report from 9to5Mac, pre-orders are set to go live on Monday, March 27th. The price of the device will start at $699 for a 64GB model, with a 128GB option costing $799. The 256GB model is $899. The devices have been in development since 2016 and were delayed due to issues with the chip manufacturing process.

The delay allowed Apple to add an additional color, gold, to its lineup which had previously only been available in silver and space gray options. Pre-orders for the device will start on March 27th, according to 9to5Mac’s report. You can also use your existing carrier contract or upgrade through apple’s installment plan program by making monthly payments until you own the phone outright (and if you decide later that you want another one, Apple can cancel your remaining payments).

Pros and Cons

The size of the new phone is a point that both supporters and critics of Apple’s device can agree on. The bigger-than-anticipated screen with thin bezels makes the device easier to handle, yet it still doesn’t look like a traditional one-handed phone. Some Apple fans might have felt that this was the much-needed upgrade from the 5S to give them a flagship phone, but for some it just isn’t big enough. There are lots of rumors about the features for these phones, which will keep people guessing until September 12th.

The price is also another point that has been discussed since this release date was announced. A lot of commenters say that the $399 cost may make people hesitant to buy into the ecosystem if they already own an older model. However, many tech experts state that while the price may seem high at first glance, it really isn’t when you compare it to other unlocked smartphones in its class such as those made by Samsung or Google.

And while others worry about paying more upfront in order to save money over time by not having a carrier contract, others feel relieved not having to deal with monthly bill payments anymore. Overall though, these pros and cons should make potential buyers aware of what they’re getting into before purchasing their next iPhone SE Plus!

 What’s Next?

In a nutshell, Apple is set to announce three iPhones this fall, not two as anticipated. One of these devices is the second generation iPhone SE and it seems that it will have some of the features of an iPhone 6s while being cheaper than last year’s model. The next device is rumored to be a new flagship phablet with edge-to-edge OLED display that measures at least 6 inches diagonally.

And the final device appears to be a successor to last year’s relatively popular 4.7 inch model, but with upgraded features such as a faster processor and improved cameras. All three devices are expected to have wireless charging for the first time, possibly supporting inductive charging technology like AirPower announced earlier this year.

It is also believed that all three models will use Face ID authentication instead of Touch ID, which was introduced in 2013 on the iPhone 5s. While it is unknown how many versions there will be (4 or 8), speculation points to three options – one lower-cost SE version similar to last year’s SE; one higher-end, larger screen version similar to the iPhone X; and one mid-range model sitting between the other two. So what can we expect from each phone?

The SE is likely to have an A10 chip, which would make it even more powerful than its predecessor. The LCD display may also be updated to support Apple Pencil compatibility. It will continue to come in gold, silver, space gray and rose gold color options.

The 6-inch iPhone X size may share most of the same specs as its smaller sibling including the A11 chip and OLED display however its rear camera may differ from the current 2x zoom lens found on newer iPhone models.

And finally, for those looking for something less expensive than $999+ but still high quality and feature rich, the 3rd option should offer excellent performance yet cost much less.

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