Apple announces the 2020 iPhone SE costing $399

We’ve known for quite some time that Apple is planning a new, cheaper iPhone for 2020. We only found out weeks ago that the launch is imminent, though. Today, Apple has unveiled the new 2020 iPhone SE in a much quieter fashion than usual.

As expected, it follows the design language of the iPhone 8 but beefs it up with modern specs. It will sell for $399 (and up) and include Apple’s latest A13 Bionic chip – which was launched with their flagship iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models last year – but will be paired with the 4.7-inch screen from the iPhone 8.

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It has the same large bezels on the top and bottom, but to many people’s delight, it includes the iconic Touch ID on the home button. It has been a couple of years since Apple ditched Touch ID in their flagship products, opting for the more modern Face ID technology.

It will be available for pre-order from Friday, April 17th, and will start shipping a week later on the 24th. The range will include black, white and red variants and also has three configurations:

  • 64GB iPhone SE: $399
  • 128GB iPhone SE: $449
  • 256BG iPhone SE: $549

At the same time, Apple has decided to discontinue the iPhone 8, and for good reason. The 2020 iPhone SE base model costs $50 less than what the company was still charging at full retail for the much older model.

It enters Apple to a very crowded mid-range market, differentiating itself with offering the iOS experience at a cheaper price – all other comparable devices run Android. If you’ve wanted to dip your toes in the iOS pool and just haven’t had the appetite (or wallet size) for it, now is the opportune time.

The previous iPhone SE was released in 2016 and followed the design of the older iPhone 5 at the time. We expect Apple to take big inspiration for the iPhone 12 from that very generation of models, as recent reports claim.

The 2020 iPhone SE will a single camera lens, also like the iPhone 8, but it will be a similar module to that from the iPhone XS. It’s a 12MP standard wide sensor, f/1.8 aperture, six-element lens and includes sensors laden with focus pixels.

While the new iPhone may look dated, which Android mid-range devices at this price point certainly don’t, it packs plenty of Apple power on the inside. We’d be surprised if it doesn’t succeed where the original iPhone SE failed – it is vastly cheaper than the flagship variants this time around and will most definitely sell well to first time Apple users.