Is the iPhone SE the best iPhone ever?

On sale in the UAE from April, the 4-inch phone with a 12MP camera is the iPhone 6 we deserved back in 2014.

Meryl D'Souza March 22, 2016

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

The problem with being part of a creative world is that people are always looking to innovate. It’s a flaw with our generation. We’re always looking to re-invent the wheel instead of just realigning it.

It’s probably the pressure from competitors like Samsung and Sony, that forced Apple’s hand that led to the iPhone 6 — the reason Apple iPhone sales were down by 46 per cent in the first quarter of 2016 when compared to 2015. Maybe that's why Apple has done something unusual and gone back to a previous product and made it better.

Yesterday in Cupertino, California, a classic Apple stage-event unveiled the iPhone SE - which stands for Special Edition. This isn't the iPhone 7, or even an upgrade on the 6. It is in fact an upgrade on the 5 series, and it will be on sale in UAE's Apple stores from early April. 

Reincarnation of the iPhone 5S

From the outside, the iPhone SE – possibly a nod to the Macintosh SE computer from 1987 – is an iPhone 5S. The metal body, the 4-inch display, the Touch ID fingerprint scanner; everything we loved about the now discontinued iPhone is there. 

But with the specs of the iPhone6S

Gentlemen, if you haven’t understood by now, you never will: Bigger is not always better. It’s the performance that matters. The iPhone SE gives you the best performance in a small frame. Like the iPhone 6S, the SE comes with an A9 chipset, a 12-megapixel camera and the ability to take Live Photos, shoot 4k videos and capture slo-mo videos.

The fault in Apple’s stars

The only problem with Apple is that they’re still adamant on shoving their 16 GB units down out throats. It’s a shrewd marketing strategy that will force consumer to pay for more storage since they don’t have any external storage features. Come on Apple Geniuses, you’re better than that. 

That’s not all folks

Along with the SE, Apple also unveiled a 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Like the 12.7-inch iPad Pro that was released in 2015, this one is also powered by a 64-bit A9X processor and features a five megapixel front-facing camera. The improvements are in the rear 12-megapixel camera, 4K recording capabilities and faster wireless services. Apple's calling it 'the ultimate replacement for PC users'.

The iPhone SE will be available in 16GB and 64GB models starting at Dhs 1,649 while the iPad Pro will be available at Dhs 2,299 for the 32GB unit and Dhs 2,799 for the 32GB cellular unit. Bot will be available in the UAE from early April.