Apple has launched a new version of its hugely-popular iPhone SE. Just like the first-generation, which debuted back in March 2016, the new iPhone SE gets big features at a small price with this entry-level smartphone getting latest A13 Bionic chipset as well as upgrades to the front- and rear-facing cameras.
Four years ago, this proved to be a winning formula for Apple. The original iPhone SE single-handedly kept the company from seeing a decline in sales figures during its second and third financial quarters – since Apple unveils its new all-singing, all-dancing smartphones in September each year, the technology company typically sees phone sales steadily decline as people hold off to see the new model.
Apple clearly has its proverbial fingers crossed that the same will prove true again. And with the fastest mobile processor shipped in any smartphone powering the £419 handset, not to mention all the artistic Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting effects found on the iPhone 11 Pro, which starts from £999 and tops-out at an eye-watering £1,499, it isn’t hard to imagine that the iPhone SE will prove to be a huge hit.
With pre-orders for the handset now available from Apple, we have a better idea of exactly how much the iPhone SE will cost. And it’s pretty reasonable (compared to the other handsets sold by Apple, of course, we’re well aware that Android manufacturers are offering triple-cameras, edge-to-edge screens and more around the same price point – so don’t bother pointing that out in the comments, thanks).
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iPhone SE will set you back £419 SIM-free. That’s a little more expensive than the £379 that Apple charged for the first-generation iPhone SE (interestingly, both of SE models have held the same $399 price tag in the United States). However, Apple is heavily pushing the ability to pay off the handset in monthly instalments with 0% interest.
That offer isn’t reserved for the iPhone SE, in fact you can pay for almost any Apple product – including heavily discounted refurbished models – over 24 months without accruing any interest. The 0% APR loan is handled by Barclays in the UK. With the monthly repayment option, iPhone SE starts from £16.99 a month for the entry-level model with 64GB of built-in storage. You’ll need to spend £18.99 a month for the 128GB model, and £22.99 a month for 256GB.
Given that iPhone 11 Pro – which has the same next-generation processor under the bonnet, let’s not forget – starts from £42.99 a month with the same promotion, it’s clear that iPhone SE is easily the most affordable option on the Apple Store right now.
And things get even better if you have an old iPhone to trade-in.
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If you have an iPhone 6 or more recent, you can exchange that smartphone for credit towards your brand-new iPhone SE. This will drop the price to as little as £10.99 a month for the entry-level 64GB model. Given that a number of mobile carriers offer unlimited calls, unlimited texts and unlimited mobile data for £20 or less, you can have a seriously capable new set-up for around £30 a month.
Of course, if you’d rather not pay monthly but still have an older iPhone to trade-in, you can use the credit from your old handset to knock the SIM-free price of the iPhone SE down to £279 or so. So, well worth checking around the home to find any forgotten phones from old contracts.
It’s worth pointing out that Apple is offering free no-contact home delivery to anyone who orders an iPhone SE. The same service will be available if you’re sending an older iPhone to Apple to trade-in with the courier.
iPhone SE is available in White, Black, and Product (Red). The first pre-orders will begin shipping from Apple, Apple Authorised Retailers and mobile networks from Friday April 24, 2020.
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