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The second-generation iPhone SE (also known as the iPhone SE 2 or the iPhone SE 2020) is a
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designed and developed by
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It is part of the 13th generation of the
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iPhone
, alongside the
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and 11 Pro/Pro Max models. Apple announced the second-generation iPhone SE on April 15, 2020, coinciding with the discontinuation of the
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
. The iPhone SE succeeded the smaller and lighter first-generation iPhone SE. Pre-orders began on April 17, 2020, and the phone was subsequently released on April 24, 2020. It was released with a starting price of , and positioned as a budget phone. Following the pattern made by the first-generation iPhone SE (which shares the dimensions and form factor of the
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iPhone 5S
, with the internal hardware of the
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), the second-generation model shares the dimensions and form factor of the
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iPhone 8
, while sharing selected internal hardware components from the
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lineup, including the A13 Bionic
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(as opposed to the
A11 Bionic
A11 Bionic
system-on-chip found in the iPhone 8 series), which allows the phone to utilise the single Wide angle lens Portrait Mode, as on the
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. It also features the next generation Smart HDR-2 photos, which are marketed as being better than Smart HDR photos on the
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iPhone XS
and
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.


History

A successor to the first-generation iPhone SE had been a source of rumor stemmed in 2017, the year after original was released. The name was also subject to speculation. Guesses included (most prevalently) iPhone SE 2, iPhone SE 2020, and iPhone 9 due to design similarities with the iPhone 8. In March 2020, cases for the phone were reportedly being supplied to
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, showing an iPhone with an
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iPhone 8
-sized body and a single camera lens.
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screen protectors for the iPhone SE were also listed on the online
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, cross-compatible with the base models of the iPhones , 6S, , and . However, references to the iPhone SE were quickly removed. On April 15, 2020, the second-generation iPhone SE was announced in a press release note on Apple's website. It was marketed as "A powerful new smartphone in a popular design", and was released worldwide on April 24, 2020.


Specifications


Design

The iPhone SE features an aluminum frame, paired with a glass front and back. It shares the same physical sizes and dimensions as the
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iPhone 8
, except for a now centered Apple logo and the removal of the iPhone branding in the lower midsection. As a result, phone cases made to fit the iPhone 8 will also fit the iPhone SE. The iPhone SE is available in three colors: Black, White, and a
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edition. Though the offered colors line up with those of the
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iPhone 8
(Silver, Space Gray, and Product Red respectively, with no equivalent to the Gold model), the iPhone SE uses a noticeably deeper shade of black, a brighter shade of white, and a lighter shade of Product Red. Unlike all prior white and silver iPhones from the
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to the iPhone 8, with the exception of the
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, the 2020 iPhone SE features black bezels around the display on all models, matching the color schemes of the
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and
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.


Size

With a screen diagonal of , the second generation of the iPhone SE was among the smallest mainstream in-production smartphones at the time of its release. However, it is still thirty percent larger than the first generation variant, whose screen diagonal measures . Dan Seifert from ''
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'' declared the second-generation SE a "nail in the coffin" for small phones. This was affirmed by
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, who stated that "Apple's decision to not build a brand-new 4-inch screen phone is telling. It signals that the company will probably never bring back the tiny iPhone, no matter how badly people crave it." However, Apple would go on to announce and release the
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in a similar form factor, six months following this.


Hardware

The iPhone SE incorporates the Apple A13 Bionic (7 nm) architecture
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(SoC), with an integrated motion coprocessor and third-generation neural engine. It is available in three internal storage configurations: 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB. The SE has the same
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rating for dust and water resistance as the iPhone 8. The phone lacks the
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features enabled by the found in the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro. Despite the phone's smaller size which may lead to increased thermal throttling, the SE's A13 SoC runs at the same peak CPU frequencies as the iPhone 11. Like the iPhone 7 and 8 that were previously available in the same form factor, but unlike the iPhone 6 and first-generation iPhone SE, the second-generation iPhone SE does not feature a standard 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack.


Display

The iPhone SE features the same HD found on the iPhone 8, using IPS technology with True Tone and wide color gamut (
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). The display has a resolution of 1334 × 750 pixels, like the previous iPhones. The pixel density is 326 PPI, the same as on all iPhones with LCDs since the introduction of the Retina display on the
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, excluding the Plus models. The pressure-sensing
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feature found on the iPhone 8 has been replaced with Haptic Touch on the iPhone SE, which initially did not work for notifications, but was later fixed in
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. It can play
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and
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content despite not having an HDR-ready display, done by down-converting the HDR content to fit the display while still having some enhancements to
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, contrast, and wide
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compared to
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content.


Camera

The iPhone SE has a rear 12 MP camera with a single lens, similar to the single lens camera system of the
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, capable of recording 4K video (at 24, 25, 30, or 60 fps), 1080p HD video (at 30, 25 or 60 fps), or 720p HD video (at 30 fps). The camera has an aperture of ƒ/1.8,
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,
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, and a quad-LED True Tone flash. The phone can also take panoramas up to 63 MP, and shoot photos in burst mode. The front camera is 7 MP with an
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aperture
of f/2.2 and autofocus, capable of shooting 1080p HD video at 30 fps. The camera interface adopts "Quicktake" from the 11 and 11 Pro, which allows the user to long-press the shutter button to take a video. The burst function can now be accessed by swiping the shutter button to the left. The new
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and neural engine of the SE support several camera functions not supported on the iPhone 8. Like the 11 and 11 Pro, the rear camera supports next-generation Smart HDR. The rear camera also supports extended dynamic range video up to 30 fps, stereo recording and cinematic video stabilization. Both the front and rear cameras of the iPhone SE support Portrait mode and Portrait Lighting. Like the 11 and 11 Pro, Portrait mode has depth control and an advanced (blurring effect of the out-of-focus background around the portrait). However, the usage of older sensor hardware results in some limitations—the iPhone SE does not support the Night Mode or Deep Fusion features of the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro. The SE's implementation of Portrait mode only natively supports images of humans, as the hardware does not produce depth maps through the use of focus pixels and instead relies on software-based machine learning.


Software

The iPhone SE was originally supplied with iOS 13.4, supporting
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and
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. iOS 13.4.1, an update fixing bugs related to
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and
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, was released on April 23, 2020 (a day prior to the device's official release), making it a day-one software update. The iPhone SE supports
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.


Controversy


Power adapter and EarPods

Apple, through an environmental initiative, removed the EarPods (except in France) and power adapter from all new iPhone boxes beginning in October 2020, including the iPhone SE (2nd generation). It is claimed that removing these items will reduce
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e-waste
and permit a smaller iPhone box, allowing more devices to be shipped simultaneously to decrease
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. However, Apple now includes a USB-C to Lightning cable, incompatible with the existing USB-A power adapters that Apple previously shipped with their devices. Upgraders can still use their existing iPhone power adapters and cables, but users wanting fast charging capabilities will have to purchase a USB-C power adapter separately.


See also

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List of iOS devices This is a list and comparison of devices designed and marketed by Apple Inc. Apple Inc. is an American multinational Multinational may refer to: * Multinational corporation, a corporate organization operating in multiple countries ...
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History of iPhone The history of the iPhone development by Apple Inc. spans from the early 2000s to about 2010. The first iPhone The iPhone is a line of smartphone A smartphone is a mobile device that combines cellular and mobile computing func ...
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Comparison of smartphones This is a comparison of the various internal components and features of many smartphone A smartphone is a portable device A mobile device (or handheld computer) is a computer A computer is a machine that can be programmed to carry ...
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References


External links

* – official site {{Apple hardware since 1998 IOS * Mobile phones introduced in 2020 Mobile phones with 4K video recording