The new iPhone SE is powered by an A9 processor — just like the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus that Apple introduced in September. The powerful internals represent a major leap forward compared to the aging iPhone 5S, as now the company’s smaller-sized handset is essentially on equal footing with the larger iPhones. 9to5Mac has for weeks been reporting that this would be the case; as expected, the iPhone SE also features an M9 chip for motion tracking and to allow users to say “Hey Siri” to activate Apple’s personal assistant.
Another huge similarity between iPhone SE and the iPhone 6S is the camera; both contain the same 12-megapixel sensor that’s capable of recording 4K video and shooting Live Photos. There are differences between the products elsewhere, however. The new 4-inch iPhone doesn’t have a pressure-sensitive display or 3D Touch like Apple’s bigger phones. But the iPhone SE does support Apple Pay, which can be used to make tap-to-pay purchases at retail stores and also in-app purchases.
The 4-inch iPhone SE, is starting with a 16GB version — the same amount of entry-level storage space it has been offering since the iPhone 3GS in 2009. In those seven years, apps have gotten bigger, and Apple has given people reasons to fill that storage space up with huge 12-megapixel images and 4K video. We laid out the problem with offering a 16GB iPhone when Apple did it again last year, and in the interim nothing has changed; at this point it’s an embarrassment to offer a device that’s crippled by paltry storage space, especially when most people are likely to buy the cheapest model.
Maybe Apple wants to pinch a few pennies, or create a distinction in its product lineup that makes its pricier models more attractive. But whatever the reason, there’s nothing good about it for Apple’s customers.