The iPhone SE is here and, in many ways, it promises to be everything millions of customers wanted: a small smartphone with cutting edge technology. Then again the iPhone SE isn’t without flaws and it also looks identical to the model it replaces: the iPhone 5S.
So what’s the difference between them? If you’re considering an upgrade, this breakdown will prove essential reading…
Once upon a time, Apple made iPhones with 32 GB of storage space. It was the perfect amount to hold all your music, a long gallery of photos, and a couple videos from that concert you went to last summer. And then Apple took it all away with the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which comes in two storage sizes: 16 GB and 64 GB. (The latest model, the iPhone 6S, goes up to a whopping 128GB.)
This change really screwed things up. People didn’t want to drop 💸 on the pricier 64 GB, so they bought the 16 GB thinking they didn’t need tons of space on their phone. Then they tried to download iOS 9 and got the dreaded “There is not enough available storage” message. Thanks a lot, Apple.
The next time this happens, don’t go on a deleting spree. Instead, follow the advice of Reddit user eavesdroppingyou and try to rent a really, really long movie.
“I have an iPhone with 16 GB so I’m always dealing with low storage,” eavesdroppingyou wrote. “A trick I do to get back some storage is to try to ’rent’ a movie with a big file size (something like The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers).”
Apple doesn’t do budget phones, why would it, there’s more money in high-end devices and people seem to like the aspirational nature of Apple’s devices in the same way we lust after expensive cars and nice fashion. But the SE is the answer to a different problem for Apple, namely how to get its hardware into the hands of people who want to spend less each month, or just people who like small phones.
And the SE is a clever idea indeed because it leverages a design Apple already spent money developing, and uses hardware from the company’s newest handset. You don’t have to be an Apple fanboy to appreciate how that gives the company something which can be sold affordably, without shortchanging the people who buy it wanting a modern smartphone.