apple unveils iPhone SE Starts at $399, Orders on March 24, ships on March 31 #AppleEvent
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After months of speculation, leaks and behind the scenes muttering, the iPhone SE is now official. And as we ALL expected, it is a 4in iPhone just like the ones we used to use just a couple of years ago before Apple got all crazy and started releasing Android-sized phones.
Steve Jobs always maintained that a 4in display was perfectly adequate for a smartphone. Then phablets happened and people started using their phones differently, necessitating the need for larger displays. Nevertheless, plenty of people miss the old form factor and have, according to some research firms, held off updating from the iPhone 5s to newer models because they feel the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and upcoming iPhone 7 are too big.
This is why Apple made the iPhone SE — to force all those users still rocking older hardware to update to something more, well, contemporary. The iPhone SE also has TouchID built in as well, meaning users can buy goods and services with the iPhone SE.
Apple also discussed how its Health and Research Kit APIs are being used in the field, prior to confirming Care Kit, a new health-focussed apps that features a symptom tracker and motion tracker, for instance, and even lets you share this information with your doctor.
“The response to ResearchKit has been fantastic. Virtually overnight, many ResearchKit studies became the largest in history and researchers are gaining insights and making discoveries that weren’t possible before,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “Medical researchers around the world continue to use iPhone to transform what we know about complex diseases, and with continued support from the open source community, the opportunities for iPhone in medical research are endless.”
ResearchKit turns iPhone into a powerful tool for medical research by helping doctors, scientists and other researchers gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants anywhere in the world using iPhone apps. Participants enrolled in these app-based studies can review an interactive informed consent process, easily complete active tasks or submit survey responses, and choose how their health data is shared with researchers, making contributions to medical research easier than ever.
Apple previewed interviews it had conducted with medical experts and practitioners who lauded the iPhone and the positive effect it has had on the assessment and treatment of certain conditions. Apple also made a load of promises about becoming more environmentally friendly, recycling more things and re-using paper for its boxes.
But the thing everybody was waiting for was the iPhone SE, Apple’s new 4in iPhone. Below is everything you need to know about the iPhone SE.
iPhone SE Release Date & Design
As expected, the iPhone SE looks very similar to the iPhone 5s. And when we say, “very similar”, we mean pretty much identical. The iPhone SE is available in the usual colour schemes and features a white banding around the top and bottom.
I kind of expected Apple to make some changes to the design. The iPhone 5s is now pretty damn old. But I think what Apple is going for here is functionality, as the specs are pretty much identical to the iPhone 6s, making the iPhone SE a flagship of sorts, just one without a top of the line iPhone price tag — the iPhone SE starts at $399 or $499 for a 64GB model.
Apple Pay is included, of course, and you access the service just as you do on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Apple says this is the most powerful 4in iPhone ever made. The iPhone SE will be available from March 31 in the US and UK.
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