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FAQ: What you need to know about the 4-inch iPhone SE

Susie Ochs | March 22, 2016
It starts at US$399, it does Live Photos but no 3D Touch, and the battery should even outlast the bigger iPhones.

What kind of chip does it use?

The iPhone SE has the same 64-bit A9 system-on-a-chip, featuring the M9 motion coprocessor, as the flagship iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

When we reviewed the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, we tested the A9 with GeekBench 3 and found it smoked all other iPhones—especially the iPhone 5s, which this new iPhone SE replaces. You can see those results below—longer bars mean faster performance. It’s a speedy little chip.

What about the battery life?

So glad you asked. One huge advantage of using the powerful A9 chip on a device with a smaller screen is that iPhone SE users should actually see better battery life than the larger-screened iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

Apple quotes up to 50 hours of audio playback, or up to 13 hours of video. Using the Internet, you should get 13 hours of LTE or Wi-Fi, and 12 hours of 3G. You could talk for up to 14 hours on the 3G network, if you still use your iPhone for actual phone calls. And it should last up to 10 days in standby mode. We’ll test all these when we get our review unit.

Can it use Apple Pay?

Yes. Thanks to Touch ID, built-in NFC, and the Secure Enclave, the iPhone SE is compatible with Apple Pay, which debuted with the iPhone 6 and recently spread to more countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, and China.

Does it have a headphone jack?

Yes! We’ve heard rumors that the iPhone 7 may ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack, restricting users to Bluetooth or Lightning headphones instead. But the iPhone SE has the same headphone jack you’ve been using for decades now. Whew.

Got more questions about the iPhone SE? Let us know in the comments and we’ll update this as we find the answers.


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