The dust has settled on Apple‘s Peek Performance event, which introduced the iPhone SE 2022 alongside the powerful Mac Studio, a revamped iPad Air with an M1 chip, and a green color option for the iPhone 13 family. Plenty of exciting stuff.
But back to the focus of this article: the latest iteration of Apple’s cheapest iPhone. And most powerful, might we add. The iPhone SE 2022 is powered by the latest A15 Bionic processor, the same one inside the iPhone 13 phones. On top of that, the third-generation SE brings sub-6GHz 5G support for super-fast internet where available.
In the Philippines, the Apple iPhone SE 2022 starts at P28,990 (around $555) for 64GB of non-expandable storage, which is pretty laughable by today’s standards. The price tags go up to flagship territory for more storage — P31,990 ($612) and P37,990 ($727) for the 128GB and 256GB options, respectively. In the United States, the three configurations of the new SE model cost $429, $579, and $579, respectively. The color options are Midnight (glossy black), Starlight (glossy white), and Red.
Those based in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, the United Kingdom, the U.S., and more than 30 other countries and regions may already preorder the handset starting March 11, with availability beginning March 18.
Apple’s Peek Performance event, where it launched the third-generation iPhone SE, the powerful Mac Studio, a revamped iPad Air with an M1 chip, and a green color option for the iPhone 13 series
Unfortunately, those hoping for a redesign will be disappointed. The iPhone SE 2022 sports an identical chassis with unapologetically thick bezels as the previous models and sticks to just one 12-megapixel camera with f/1.8 optics at the back.
On the plus side, this same camera now comes with better noise reduction, HDR, and other software tricks, thanks to the A15 chip. Sporting a 4.7-inch display, it’s still as comfortable to use as ever, and Touch ID could be seen as a more favorable alternative to Face ID in today’s pandemic-hit world, because of how reliable it is.
Apple also says the SE refresh will deliver up to 15 hours of video playback, up to 10 hours of streaming-video playback, and up to 50 hours of audio playback on a charge. Those numbers are higher than what the previous-gen SE offered across the board, but with 5G onboard, the battery life might be a little disappointing.
2022 Apple iPhone SE specs
- 4.7-inch LCD display, 1,334 x 750 resolution
- 5nm octa-core Apple A15 Bionic with 5G
- 64GB/128GB/256GB storage
- 12-megapixel, f/1.8 rear camera
- 7-megapixel, f/2.2 front camera
- Fingerprint reader (front-mounfed)
- Up to 10 hours video streaming, up to 50 hours audio playback
- 18-watt fast charging via Lightning port
- iOS 15
- IP67 water resistance
- Colors: Black, white, and red
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