iPhone SE 2020"SE" stands for special edition. Apple release the SE separately to their main product line (iPhone 11, 12, 13 etc.), as a cheaper alternative; without the usual design features and hardware upgrades seen on their flagship models. The original SE was released in 2016.
The main reason for the lower cost is that the SE reuses a lot of the same components from older models, particularly the iPhone 8, which was released in 2017. The display and front camera are identical, whilst the charging port, rear camera and housing are just slightly modified. A lot of the chips and board components are also the same. This means significantly reduced research and manufacturing costs.
The SE sets itself apart with the its A13 processor, which is faster and smarter the the A11 processor in the 8.
The SE was released for $399 in the US. Compare this with the $1000+ price tag on premium models, and it's a much more affordable option. Interestingly, Apple do make a smaller profit margin on the SE. By keeping the price low, Apple gains exposure to price sensitive markets such as China and India, which have previously been dominated by cheap Android phones. It also encourages cost-conscious consumers in Western countries to enter the Apple ecosystem.
For most users, the SE 2020 is a great value option. Many of our customers actually prefer the older, more compact design with Touch ID, versus the newer, heavier models that use Face ID.
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