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iPhone SE v iPhone 11: What are the differences between Apple’s phones?

Telegraph 17 Apr 2020 11:38

Apple has unveiled a new version of the iPhone SE, the first update to its entry level mobile since 2016.

The £419 device comes at a significant discount to the £729 of the iPhone 11 and the £1,049 iPhone Pro, but misses many of the high-end features of its more expensive brethren.

Here’s what to weigh up when choosing between them.

Size and Design

The most obvious differences between the iPhone SE and the pricier models are on the surface. Unlike the all-screen design and intruding “notch” of the iPhone 11 and its predecessors, the new iPhone SE is based on a bygone generation: the iPhone 6 to 8 that were released between 2014 and 2017.

That means a 4.7-inch screen (compared to the iPhone 11's 6.1-inches) and a home button with a fingerprint reader, rather than the facial recognition used to unlock and verify payments on the bigger models.

Apple launching a phone with a design that first emerged in 2014 might come across as a little dated, but it may be no bad thing: many have argued that smartphone screens are now too big, and Apple says its Face ID system is less accurate for children under 13. And during the current pandemic, Touch ID is face mask friendly.

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