Apple is never one to talk about its internal processes or publicise plans in advance, but we can be fairly sure that Wednesday's sudden, low-key launch of the iPhone SE (2020) was meant to have been part of a big event, and that it was delayed by at least a few weeks because of the corona virus pandemic currently disrupting lives around the world. The nature of this device's introduction to the world shouldn't be taken to mean that Apple considers it a routine update to a low-stakes product. The new iPhone SE (2020) could be the key to Apple's ability to hold on to its market share in India and similar price-sensitive markets.
iPhone SE 2020 release date and price
The iPhone SE 2020 release date is set for Friday April 24, with pre-orders opening at the end of this week (Friday, April 17) and going live at 5am PDT / 8am EDT / 1pm BST.
The prices of the iPhone SE (2020) start at Rs. 42,500 for the 64GB version and go up to Rs. 47,800 for 128GB and Rs. 58,300 for 256GB. Looking at these numbers, we're a little disappointed.
iPhone SE 2020 specs and battery life
The processor also lets the new iPhone SE gain some new camera features. There’s a single 12-megapixel camera lens on the back (along with a flash). Apple says it’s using the A13 Bionic’s chips to improve its Smart HDR photography, which combines multiple shots into a single photo to improve lighting and detail.
It also has a portrait mode with technology Apple calls “monocular depth sensing.” It uses machine learning to detect depth and faces — which, unfortunately, means that it will only work on people, not pets. It includes optical image stabilization, and Apple says it can do “cinematic” stabilization on video as well as support 4K video at 60fps. The front-facing selfie camera is 7-megapixels, and it can also do portrait mode effects.
It only comes with a dinky 5W charger in the box, though it can support 18W fast charging if you have the right adapter. It uses a Lightning connector for charging, of course, and it will also support Qi wireless charging. There is no headphone jack, but it will come with Lightning headphones in the box.
Rounding out some of the other modernized specs, it supports Wi-Fi 6, Gigabit LTE, and dual-SIMs. (The second one is an eSIM, however.) It also supports Haptic Touch, which is
Apple’s replacement for 3D Touch, amounting to a long press with haptic feedback.
The 2020 iPhone SE is another major smartphone release coming in the midst of the pandemic. The SE’s lower cost and Touch ID sensor may have slightly more appeal than usual, especially as people realize that they’ll be wearing masks more often. Apple noted that it believes that people are depending on their phones more than ever right now, but there’s no getting around the fact that its physical stores are closed. Apple’s website and app offer good customer support, but it remains to be seen what the appetite for new phones will be right now. Best Buy will be offering curbside pickup at locations where that is available.