Apple Introduces 4-Inch iPhone SE That Uses Same Chip as iPhone 6S

Apple iPhone SE announcement

Apple had plenty of reveals to share at its spring event earlier today, but the biggest headline was the introduction of the iPhone SE. The new 4-inch Apple device packs many of the features from the iPhone 6S into the compact frame of the iPhone 5S, making it the first time that Apple has injected faster hardware into an older iPhone case.

The iPhone SE uses the same A9 (the iPhone 6 uses an A8) and M9 chips that power Apple’s current flagship device, the iPhone 6S. Apple says that its latest iPhone supports faster LTE and 802.11 AC Wi-Fi speeds, and has a CPU that performs twice as fast as the iPhone 5S. Apple also claims it’s improved the battery since the 5S. The iPhone SE also comes equipped with a 12-megapixel camera, Live Photos, and 4K video features.

Rounding out the features borrowed from the iPhone 6S is the iPhone SE’s front-facing “Retina” flash and hands-free Siri commands. Unlike the 6S however, the iPhone SE doesn’t support 3D Touch.

The iPhone SE starts at $399 for the 16GB model and $499 for the 64GB version. Other big reveals at Apple’s spring event include a smaller iPad Pro with a 9.7-inch screen.

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Nate Santos

A born and bred New Yorker, Nate was raised on '90s hip-hop and AND1 streetball mixtapes. In his early college years, he began writing for music blogs and YRB Magazine, while working one of the scummiest jobs known to man, mobile phone sales. He later joined The SOURCE as a Contributing Editor for the print magazine and He has written for XXL magazine, and, among other media outlets. On occasion, he still loses sleep over Game 7 of the 1994 NBA Finals. He often copes with the stress of being a lifelong Knicks fan by adding to his sizable sneaker collection or watching a George Carlin stand-up special.