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iPhone SE (2nd generation)

Apple will host an “Apple Event” on March 9, 2022 (Japan time). We released “iPad Air (5th generation)” and “Mac Studio”, a high-performance desktop computer.

[参考]Apple / Apple Events

At the same time, the long-awaited third generation appeared in the “iPhone SE”. I’ve seen the evolution from the older iPhone SE, so I’ll go through it step by step.

Also, we’ll go into detail about the home button and fingerprint authentication features in another article. See also.

The new “iPhone SE (3rd generation)” supports iPhone SE’s first 5G communication

iPhone SE (2nd generation)

5G communication, which has been provided since 2020, has gradually expanded the area that can be experienced. Since the iPhone SE (2nd generation) is not supported, isn’t the new iPhone SE the first 5G-compatible model in the SE series? It grabbed attention even before it was announced.

The original “iPhone SE” was “iPhone 5s”, “iPhone SE (2nd generation)” was “iPhone 8”, and so on. We have hardened it to the latest version.

Which iPhone design is the new iPhone SE based on?

Even before its release, it was often said that the iPhone 13 series was the current model and could not be the basis for the new iPhone SE.

With that in mind, there are four options for designing the new iPhone SE.

・Supports 5G communication based on the design of the iPhone 12 series
・Based on the design of the iPhone X to iPhone 11 series, it will be a 4G terminal
・ Based on the design of the iPhone X to iPhone 11 series, a new 5G module will be added.
・ Based on the design of the old iPhone SE (2nd generation), a new 5G module has been added.

What I want to focus on here is the release date of the follow-up iPhone SE series.

The first-generation iPhone SE was released in March 2016, while the iPhone SE (2nd generation) was released in April 2020, and it has been around two years since its inception.

The launch of this new iPhone SE also comes about two years after the release of the iPhone SE (2nd generation). Given this routine, the design of the new iPhone SE should be based on the iPhone 11.

If it is based on the iPhone 11, it is unlikely to only support 4G communication, so adding a new 5G module is a reasonable evolution.

What has really emerged, however, is a model that inherits the design of the older iPhone SE (2nd generation).

In general, it’s a good idea to base the latest iPhone on the iPhone 11 two generations ago. However, the reason why the design of the old iPhone SE (2nd generation) is inherited is to support fingerprint authentication. Due to corona disease, the demand for fingerprint authentication has always been high, so it seems that the design cost with the Home button is considered.. .

What is the CPU installed in the new iPhone SE?

The CPU (chipset) installed in the new iPhone SE is in line with the pedigree of previous iPhone SEs.

The first-generation iPhone SE was equipped with the same “Apple A9 chip” as the iPhone 6s released about half a year ago. The iPhone SE (2nd generation) also features the same “A13 Bionic chip” as the iPhone 11 released about half a year ago.

[参考]iPhone SE (2nd Gen) Specifications

From this, it can be seen that the iPhone SE will usually be equipped with the same chipset as the latest model when it is released. Naturally, the new iPhone SE is equipped with the same “A15 Bionic” as the iPhone 13 series.

Has the new iPhone SE’s camera been enhanced?

One of the reasons the iPhone series is used by many is its high-spec camera performance.

iPhone SE (2nd generation)

In recent years, the camera performance of smartphones is often affected by “the performance of the lens itself” and “AI processing performance”.

The new iPhone SE is equipped with A15 Bionic, which is the same as the iPhone 13 series. It can be called the strongest iPhone. It can be said that the AI ​​processing has reached a level comparable to that of high-end smartphones in the same model.

But what about lens performance? Let’s compare the lens performance of the previous iPhone SE’s main camera and its base model, the new iPhone SE.

・ First iPhone SE: 12MP camera f/2.2
・ iPhone 5s: 8MP camera f/2.2
・ iPhone SE (2nd generation): 12MP camera f/1.8
・ iPhone 8: 12MP camera f/1.8
・New iPhone SE: 12MP camera f/1.8

Compared to the base model iPhone 5s, the original iPhone SE has improved pixel count. However, the iPhone SE (2nd generation) camera has the same specs as the iPhone 8.

The new iPhone SE has the same camera lens specifications as the iPhone 8 and iPhone SE (2nd generation). However, you can take advantage of features like Smart HDR 4, Picture Styles, and Deep Fusion with the A15 Bionic.

I haven’t tried the real thing, so I won’t go into details about the photo processing, but with the new iPhone SE, it can be said that it is possible to take higher-quality and more detailed photos by enhancing the software while maintaining the lens performance. prize.

The price of the new iPhone SE has risen slightly

The price might be what you’re interested in with the new iPhone SE. It is no exaggeration to say that price is the most important issue for the iPhone SE, which is positioned as a low-cost model of the iPhone series.

Prices for the first iPhone SE started at $399 at launch (in Apple’s “press room”. No yen price was announced, but around 50,000 yen at the exchange rate at the time), the iPhone SE (1st generation 1st generation The selling price of the 2nd generation) is stated in the press room from 44,800 yen (excluding tax) at the time of release.

After that, the iPhone SE (2nd generation) will be sold at the Apple Store for 49,280 yen (tax included) for the 64GB model, 54,780 yen for the 128GB model, and 66,880 yen for the 256GB model.

It is reported that the new iPhone SE unveiled at the Apple Store is priced at 57,800 yen (tax included) for the 64GB model, 63,800 yen for the 128GB model, and 76,800 yen for the 256GB model. Compared with the previous model, the price has increased by about 9,000 yen to 10,000 yen.

Interview/Text/Fumhiko Sato

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