This is how much the $399 iPhone SE will cost in South Africa

It has been three weeks since the Apple iPhone SE for 2020 was launched, with a low price in the US and premium internals. It had us wondering – how much will it cost in South Africa? iStore, the retail partner for Apple products in the country, has revealed to clients how much it will cost locally.

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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 three configurations will have the following prices in South Africa:

  • 64GB iPhone SE: R9,999
  • 128GB iPhone SE: R12,499
  • 256BG iPhone SE: R14,999

The 2020 SE is a parts-bin device, using old parts that are cheap to manufacture with the addition of modern internal specs. It includes 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.

An added benefit for many is that the new SE will bring back Touch ID, which has fallen out of favour with the recent flagships. Speaking of, the price differential to between the iPhone SE and the high-end iPhone 11 range is nothing to scoff at. The base iPhone 11 starts at R16,999 and goes up to R19,499. The iPhone 11 Pro starts at R22,700 and goes up to R26,499, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max starts at R24,999 and ends the range off at R32,999 for the 512GB version.

Is the iPhone SE a viable option for you? Could it tempt you away from Android? Let us know in the comments below.