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iPhone SE
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iPhone SE in white, with black bezels
iPhone SE in white, with black bezels
BrandApple Inc.
SloganLots to love. Less to spend.[1]
ModelA2275 (United States/Canada)[2]
A2296 (Global)[2]
A2298 (China)[2]
First releasedApril 24, 2020; 35 days ago (2020-04-24)
Availability by regionWorldwide
PredecessoriPhone SE (1st)
iPhone 8 / iPhone 8 Plus
RelatediPhone 11
iPhone 11 Pro / iPhone 11 Pro Max
Form factorSlate
DimensionsH: 138.4 mm (5.45 in)[3]
W: 67.3 mm (2.65 in)[3]
D: 7.3 mm (0.29 in)[3]
Mass148 g (5.2 oz)[3]
Operating systemOriginal: iOS 13.4[4]
Current: iOS 13.5, released May 20, 2020 (2020-05-20)
System on chipApple A13 Bionic[3]
CPUHexa-core (2× high-power Lightning cores at 2.65 GHz, and 4× low-power Thunder cores at 1.82 GHz)
GPUApple-designed quad-core
ModemDual SIM (nano-SIM and eSIM), Gigabit-class LTE with 2x2 MIMO and LAA
Memory3 GB of LPDDR4X RAM[5]
Storage64, 128, or 256 GB[3]
Battery3.82 V 6.96 Wh (1,821 mAh) Built-in rechargeable Lithium‑ion battery (non-removable)[5]
ChargingLightning connector (fast-charge capable up to 18W),[3] or Qi wireless charging[3]
Data inputsMulti-touch touchscreen display, barometer, Apple M13 motion coprocessor, 3-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, digital compass, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, Touch ID fingerprint reader, microphone
Display4.7 in (120 mm) True Tone Retina HD display with IPS technology, 1334 × 750 pixel resolution (326 ppi), 1400:1 contrast ratio (typical), 625 nits max brightness (typical), with dual-ion exchange-strengthened glass and Haptic Touch[3]
Rear camera12 MP with six-element lens, quad-LED "True Tone" flash with Slow Sync, autofocus, IR filter, Burst mode (photography), f/1.8 aperture, 4K video recording at 24, 30, or 60 fps; 1080p at 30 or 60 fps; 720p at 30 fps, slow-motion video (1080p at 120 or 240 fps), timelapse with stabilization, panorama, face detection, Smart HDR, digital image stabilization, optical image stabilization, cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p), Portrait mode and Portrait lighting
Front camera7 MP with QuickTake video, f/2.2 aperture, burst mode, exposure control, face detection, auto-HDR, auto image stabilization, Retina Flash, 1080p HD video recording, cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p), Portrait mode and Portrait lighting
SoundStereo speakers
ConnectivityNear-field communication (NFC), Lightning connector, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax), Voice over LTE (VoLTE), Wi‑Fi calling, GPS/GNSS, Express Cards with power reserve
OtherFaceTime audio- or video-calling, IP67 IEC standard 60529 (splash, water, and dust resistant)
Hearing aid compatibilityM3, T4[6]

The second-generation iPhone SE (also known as the iPhone SE 2 or the 2020 iPhone SE) is a smartphone designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. It is part of the 13th generation of the iPhone, alongside the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro/Pro Max models. Announced on April 15, 2020, the iPhone SE directly replaced the iPhone 8 series, while also being the successor to the smaller and lighter first-generation iPhone SE. Pre-orders began on April 17, 2020, and the phone was subsequently released on April 24, 2020.[7] It was released with a starting price of US$399, and positioned as a budget phone.[8][9]

Following the pattern set by the first-generation iPhone SE (which shared the dimensions and form factor of the older iPhone 5S, with the internal hardware of the iPhone 6S), the second-generation model uses the dimensions and form factor of the iPhone 8, while sharing selected internal hardware components from the iPhone 11 lineup, including the A13 Bionic system-on-chip (as opposed to the A11 Bionic system-on-chip found in the iPhone 8 series).[10][11]


A successor to the first-generation iPhone SE had been a source of rumor since 2017, the year after the device was released.[12] The name was also subject to speculation. Guesses included (most prevalently) iPhone SE 2, iPhone SE 2020, and iPhone 9 due to design similarities with the iPhone 8.

In March 2020, cases for the phone were reportedly being shipped to Best Buy,[13] showing an iPhone with an iPhone 8-sized body and a single camera lens.[13] Belkin screen protectors for the iPhone SE were also listed on the online Apple Store, cross-compatible with the base models of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, and iPhone 8. However, references to the iPhone SE were quickly removed.[14][13]

On April 15, 2020, the second-generation iPhone SE was announced in a press release note on Apple's website.[7] It was marketed as "A powerful new smartphone in a popular design", and was released worldwide on April 24, 2020.[7]



The iPhone SE has an aluminum frame and glass front and back. The phone's dimensions and external design are nearly identical to that of the iPhone 8 except for a centered Apple logo and no iPhone branding. Like its predecessor, the iPhone 8, the second-generation iPhone SE has the same top and bottom bezels on the front and a home button integrated with the same second-generation Touch ID (built into the Home button) found in the iPhone 8.[15]

The iPhone SE is available in three colors: black, white, and a Product Red edition.[3] Though the offered colors line up with those of the iPhone 8 (Silver, Space Gray, and Product Red respectively, with no equivalent to the Gold model), the iPhone SE uses a noticeably a deeper shade of black, a brighter shade of white, and a lighter shade of Product Red. Unlike the silver iPhone 8 (and all prior white and silver iPhones since the iPhone 4), the 2020 iPhone SE features black bezels around the display on all models, in line with the color schemes of the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR.

Color Name Front
black black
white black
Product Red black


With a screen diagonal of 4.7 in (120 mm), the second generation of the iPhone SE was among the smallest mainstream in-production smartphones at the time of its release.[16] However, it is still thirty percent larger than the first generation variant, whose screen diagonal measures 4 in (100 mm). Dan Seifert from The Verge declared the second-generation SE a "nail in the coffin" for small phones.[17]

This was affirmed by CNET, who stated that "Apple's decision to not build a brand-new 4-inch phone is telling. It signals that the company will probably never bring back the tiny iPhone, no matter how badly people crave it."[18]


The iPhone SE incorporates the Apple A13 Bionic system on a chip (SoC), with the integrated M13 motion coprocessor, and third-generation neural engine.[11] It is available in three internal storage configurations: 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB.[3] The SE has the same IP67 rating for dust and water resistance as the iPhone 8.[3] The phone lacks the ultra-wideband features enabled by the U1 chip found in the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro.[19][20] Despite the phone's smaller size which may lead to increased thermal throttling, the SE's A13 SoC runs at the same peak CPU frequencies as the iPhone 11.[21] Unlike the first-generation model, the second-generation iPhone SE doesn't feature a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack.[8]


The iPhone SE features the same Retina HD display found on the iPhone 8, using LCD technology with True Tone and wide color gamut (Display P3). The display has a resolution of 1334 x 750 pixels, like the previous 4.7" iPhones. The pixel density is 326 PPI, the same as on all iPhones with LCD displays since the introduction of the Retina display on the iPhone 4, excluding the Plus models. The pressure-sensing 3D Touch feature found on the iPhone 8 has been replaced with Haptic Touch on the iPhone SE, which does not work for notifications.[22] It can play HDR10 and Dolby Vision content despite not having an HDR-ready display, done by down-converting the HDR content to fit the display while still having some enhancements to dynamic range, contrast, and wide color gamut compared to standard content.[7]


The iPhone SE features a single 12 MP rear camera, similar to the single camera system of the iPhone 8, capable of recording 4K video (at 24, 30, or 60 fps), 1080p HD video (at 30, or 60 fps), or 720p HD video (at 30 fps). The camera has an aperture of f/1.8, autofocus, optical image stabilization, and a quad-LED True Tone flash. The phone can also take panoramas up to 63 MP, and shoot photos in burst mode. The front camera is 7 MP with an aperture of f/2.2 and autofocus, capable of shooting 1080p HD video at 30 fps.[3][23] The camera interface adopts "Quicktake" from the 11 and 11 Pro, which allows the user to long-press the shutter button to take a video.[24][3] The burst function can now be accessed by swiping the shutter button to the left.[25]

The new image signal processor and neural engine of the SE support several camera functions not supported on the iPhone 8. Like the 11 and 11 Pro, the rear camera supports next-generation Smart HDR.[7] The rear camera also supports extended dynamic range video up to 30 fps, stereo recording and cinematic video stabilization. Both the front and rear cameras of the iPhone SE support Portrait mode and Portrait Lighting.[7] Like the 11 and 11 Pro, Portrait mode has depth control and an advanced bokeh effect (blurring effect of the out-of-focus background around the portrait). However, the usage of older sensor hardware results in some limitations—the iPhone SE does not support the Night Mode or Deep Fusion features of the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro.[26] The SE's implementation of Portrait mode only natively supports images of humans, as the hardware does not produce depth maps through the use of focus pixels and instead relies on software-based machine learning.[27]


The iPhone SE originally shipped with iOS 13.4[28] supporting Apple Pay and Apple Card.[3] A special iPhone SE-exclusive build of iOS 13.4.1, an update fixing bugs related to Bluetooth and FaceTime, was released on April 23, 2020 (a day prior to the device's official release), making it a day-one software update.[29]

Timeline of iPhone models[edit]

iPhone SE (2nd generation)iPhone 11 ProiPhone 11iPhone XRiPhone XSiPhone XiPhone 8iPhone 7iPhone 6SiPhone 6iPhone SE (1st generation)iPhone 5SiPhone 5CiPhone 5iPhone 4SiPhone 4iPhone 3GSiPhone 3GiPhone (1st generation)
Sources: Apple Newsroom Archive[30]

See also[edit]


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Preceded by
iPhone SE (1st)
iPhone SE (2nd generation)
13th generation
Succeeded by

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