All the Predictions That Came True About Apple’s New Budget-Friendly iPhone

Find out how much it'll cost you in the Philippines!

(SPOT.ph) It seems like everyone is waiting in anticipation of Apple to release its next flagship iPhone series. In case you haven't gotten to look into their latest drop, the iPhone 11 series comes with some pretty cool features, so we can only imagine what exciting new specs the iPhone 12 might possibly have.

For those of you still gathering the funds to upgrade your smartphone to the latest model, we have some exciting news: Earlier this year, the word on the street was that Apple would be releasing a more affordable version of the iPhone in March. Though the announcement from the brand came a little later than expected, we're pleased to let you know that the iPhone SE 2020 is here!

Here's a look at Apple's new, more affordable iPhone model: the iPhone SE 2020 is available in three classic colors!
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You may recall previous iPhone models released by Apple throughout the years also made to be inexpensive versions of their flagship phones such as the iPhone 5c and the original SE. In case you need a refresher for just how many iPhones have been made since the first one was launched in 2007, you can check out this list of every iPhone Apple has released in the last 13 years.

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Earlier this year, we made some predictions about what to expect from Apple's more affordable new iPhone model and we're happy to say that many of them came true!

Here's everything you need to know about the iPhone SE 2020—Apple's cheaper new iPhone model:

Early rumors had predicted that it would be called the iPhone SE 2 or the iPhone 9

Remember the OG iPhone SE?
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If you remember, Apple launched the original iPhone SE in 2016, giving the market a cheaper option along with the launch of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, so it makes sense that their 2020 version of a low-cost iPhone would take its name—though they decided to stick with simply iPhone SE. Some speculations believed that Apple would be going back to their numerical naming tradition, with the new phone being called the iPhone 9, but it looks like they decided to go on a different route.

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It sports the same look as the iPhone 8

Here's a look at the iPhone SE 2020's construction—and yup, it does look very similar to the iPhone 8.
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Take a look at the iPhone 8 for comparison.
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It was rumored early this year that the brand-new iPhone SE would feature the same 4.7-inch display screen on the iPhone 8. And in this case, it seems the rumors were true—great news for those looking for a more compact iPhone!

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The iPhone SE 2020 brings back the home button and Touch ID

Miss this feature? 
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Well, good news because the iPhone SE 2020 features the iPhone's original home button design complete with Touch ID!
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Those who miss having the option to use your fingerprint to unlock your phone will be pleased to know that Apple is brought back the Touch ID through their new smartphone. Note however that the new iPhone SE doesn't have the Face ID feature.

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It employs the same internal processor as the iPhone 11

The iPhone SE 2020 is set to have the same powerful A13 Bionic processor as the iPhone 11—think of it as having a phone with the build and construction of the iPhone 8, but with the speed and processing power of the iPhone 11. That means you won't have to worry about your phone feeling outdated, despite the aesthetic being similar to a previous iPhone model.

Here's how much it'll cost you in the Philippines

Apple's much-anticipated low-cost smartphone was originally projected to start at U.S. $399 (roughly P20,213)—significantly lower than the starting price of the iPhone 11 which is U.S. $699 (P47,990 in the Philippines). We're excited to announce that the rumored price-point was true! You can cop the iPhone SE 2020 in three different memory capacities.

Here's how much each one will cost you:

  • P26,490/64 GB
  • P30,490/128 GB
  • P36,490/256 GB

The iPhone SE 2020 will be available for pre-order online starting April 17.

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