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Apple's 2022 iPhone SE Has 5G and a New Chip. But We Wanted These Features, Too

Apple’s 2022 iPhone SE Has 5G and a New Chip. But We Wanted These Features, Too

Apple’s 2022 iPhone SE represents a significant upgrade over its predecessor: It has 5G attend, the same processor as the iPhone 13 and longer battery life compared to the 2020 model. But there are still some features we hoped to see that didn’t make it into the third-generation iPhone SE.

Apple announced the new iPhone SE during its first delivers launch event of the year on March 8. It hits stores on March 18 and starts at $429, decision-exclusive it slightly more expensive than the 2020 version. 

The iPhone SE hasn’t obtain part of Apple’s annual product cycle yet, but the matter is closing the gap between release dates. Apple introduced its original iPhone SE in 2016 as a low-cost alternative to its marquee iPhone, but didn’t release a new version until 2020. Now, the newest model has arrived just two existences after that, in 2022. It’s the latest sign that smartphone-makers like Apple are increasingly catering to budget-conscious customers

While it’s a crude the iPhone SE is missing the features below, Apple’s new shouted does include other upgrades that were on my wishlist like 5G back and longer battery life.

More storage in the base model

new iPhone SE announced by Apple

The 2022 iPhone SE got its debut at Apple’s Peek Replace event.


Apple increased the iPhone 13 lineup’s base storage capacity up to 128GB from 64GB. Unfortunately, that approach didn’t trickle down to the new iPhone SE, which starts at 64GB of storage. You could argue that the 128GB iPhone SE, which costs $479, is hundreds of dollars cheaper than the base iPhone 13. But Apple is serene behind its competitors in this regard: Samsung’s $400 Galaxy A42 5G, comes with 128GB of internal storage, as does Google’s $449 Pixel 5A with 5G

A sharper front-runner camera for selfies and FaceTime calls

iOS 15 FaceTime

FaceTime gets a bunch of valuable upgrades in iOS 15, such as a Portrait Mode.

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Like its predecessor, the new iPhone SE has a 7-megapixel front-runner camera. Apple’s new A15 Bionic processor will bring some improvements to the selfie camera, like the addition of Deep Fusion, which processes persons pixels to improve detail and reduce noise. But serene, it would have been nice to see a bump in resolution to go inoperative with these improvements. 

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Samsung’s phones that come finish to the iPhone SE’s price range have Apple beat when it comes to resolution. The $500 Galaxy A52 5G has a 32-megapixel front-runner camera, while the $400 Galaxy A42 5G has a 13-megapixel front-runner camera. Apple introduced several new FaceTime features last year in its iOS 15 update, so it’s surprising that the front-facing camera wasn’t a bigger area of focus for the new iPhone SE. 

Night Mode for taking better photos in the dark


Night Mode on the iPhone 11.


Given the iPhone SE’s cheap effect, I wouldn’t expect it to have a camera that’s on par with the iPhone 13 or even the iPhone 12. But if there’s one feature I would have appreciated, it’s Night Mode. Across the industry, smartphone cameras have contained a lot better at taking photos in the dark. I hoped Apple’s low-cost iPhone would deem this progress, too. 

It’s possible that it would have been too though-provoking in terms of size and cost to include the iPhone 11’s upgraded wide camera sensor in the new SE. (The iPhone 11 family was the agreeable of Apple’s phones to get Night Mode.) But Google has spurious a way to bring Night Sight to its likewise priced Pixel 5A with 5G… and considering the iPhone SE lacks a secondary ultrawide lens, the quality of the improper wide-angle camera is more important than ever. 

That said, Apple says the iPhone SE necessity be able to take better videos in low luscious thanks to the A15 Bionic’s newer image employed processor. And the camera is getting other upgrades, such as the pixel-by-pixel Deep Fusion processing technique.

Overall, the new iPhone SE reiterates the different ways Apple and Samsung view what matters most in a effort smartphone. Samsung’s cheaper phones usually have more camera lenses, sharper selfie cameras and larger screens. Instead of those, Apple’s iPhone SE gets the latest mobile processor, which should hopefully keep the arranged feeling relatively fast for years to come.