The new Apple iPhone SE along with some new products were unveiled at an Apple event this March 9, 2022.
The iPhone SE 3 has a 5G capability, a high-performance chipset, an improved battery life, currently priced at 799 USD. Although the camera remains at a single 12MP resolution, it can now handle high-contrast images, thanks to improved software enabled by the A15 Bionic chip.
Alongside the launch of the new SE, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 are also now available in two additional colours: alpine green and green.
The A15 Bionic chip, which debuted with the iPhone 13 lineup, improves overall user experience, from app loading times to multitasking management. The chip includes two high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores, allowing the iPhone SE to be up to 1.8x faster than the iPhone 8 without much strain from the batter. It speeds up third-party machine learning computations and enables features such as Live Text in the Camera app and on-device dictation. The A15 Bionic is well-suited for photography, gaming, and AI.
Apple also claims that the new SE has a two-hour longer battery life per day, allowing users to watch videos for up to 15 hours. Using a 20W power adapter, it's capable of charging up to 50% in 30 minutes but has yet to include MagSafe support.
The iPhone SE 3 has a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera with a 1.8 aperture. This keeps faces properly exposed even when there is bad or insufficient lighting. It also makes each person in the same shot maintain their natural skin tones amidst harsh lighting conditions. Every time a user takes a photo, they can apply their picture preferences to it, but Apple's multi-frame image processing can still be used.
With 5G support on the iPhone SE, users can take advantage of faster uploads and downloads with less lag time. You can FaceTime your family and friends, even when you're only using mobile data. You can also watch HDR movies or shows together while on a FaceTime call at the same time.
Smart Data mode saves battery life by switching the iPhone to LTE when 5G speeds aren't needed.
Spark and Vodafone NZ are both in the process of upgrading their 5G networks. The first 5G service from 2degrees went live in the previous week. It does not yet support iPhones, but the company promises that it will soon.
For now, the new iPhone SE and iPad Air are not compatible with mmWave or millimetre wave 5G. mmWave 5G isn't accessible on any New Zealand mobile networks yet, and it won't be until the next Apple product launch.
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