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Compare the Apple iPhone SE to the Apple iPhone SE (2016)

After 4 years of waiting, Apple released the long-awaited successor to the iPhone SE on 15 April 2020. The affordable model carries almost the same name, but differs on the inside from its predecessor. We'll tell you more about the differences and similarities between the iPhone SE and iPhone SE (2016) here.

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  • Take sharp photos with the 12-megapixel camera with portrait mode.
  • Thanks to the fast A13 processor, your device can also handle the most demanding apps.
  • Charge your iPhone SE easily without cables via wireless charging.
  • The lack of an ultra-wide angle and telephoto lens makes the camera less versatile.
  • Apple iPhone SE can be unlocked with Touch ID. Face ID is not available on this iPhone.

The Apple iPhone SE (2016) no longer available

Apple has released a new version of the Apple iPhone SE. The older model, the Apple iPhone SE (2016), is no longer available.

Comparison Apple iPhone SE and Apple iPhone SE (2016)

Apple iPhone SE Apple iPhone SE (2016)
Screen 4.7-inch LCD Retina HD screen 4-inch Retina screen
Processor A13 chip A9 chip
Rear camera 12-megapixel wide-angle camera 12-megapixel camera
Front camera 7-megapixel camera 1.2-megapixel camera
Water-resistant Yes No
Colors Black, silver, RED Space Gray, silver, gold, rose gold
Storage capacity 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB


Apple iPhone SE design

Apple iPhone SE: rounded, glass back

The design of Apple iPhone SE (2nd generation) is different from its predecessor. The new model Apple iPhone SE has a rounded design and the LCD screen is 4.7 inches larger than its predecessor. The back is made of glass, so you can now also charge iPhone SE wirelessly. The home button has remained, so you can still unlock iPhone SE (2nd generation) with Touch ID. The new model, unlike its predecessor, is water-resistant up to 1 meter deep and up to 30 minutes.

Apple iPhone SE (2016) design

Apple iPhone SE (2016): angular, aluminum

The previous generation Apple iPhone SE from 2016 has an angular design, making the device less comfortable in your hand. The back of the older iPhone SE model is made of aluminum. iPhone SE (2016) doesn't support wireless charging. The lock button on iPhone SE (2016) is still on top of the device. This button is on the side of the newer iPhone models.


Apple iPhone SE 2de generatie camera

Apple iPhone SE: 12-megapixel wide-angle lens

Even though the second generation iPhone SE only has one 12-megapixel camera, this camera has definitely improved. Apple chose a wide-angle camera for the iPhone SE and equipped it with portrait mode. That's similar to the iPhone 7 Plus and newer. This makes your subject sharp in the picture and the background is blurred. With the iPhone SE (2nd generation), you can take the most beautiful selfies, because the 7-megapixel camera on the front of the iPhone SE also has the portrait function.

Apple iPhone SE (2016) camera

Apple iPhone SE (2016): 12-megapixel camera

The Apple iPhone SE from 2016 also has a 12-megapixel camera. The True Tone flash next to the camera ensures that your subject is always visible in your photos, even if your environment is dark. The 1.2-megapixel camera on the front of the iPhone SE (2016) is of lesser quality compared to its successor. In addition, the iPhone SE (2016) doesn't have the portrait function.


Apple iPhone SE 2nd generation processor A13

Apple iPhone SE: A13 chip

The chip that controls the iPhone SE got a major upgrade. The new version contains the same A13 chip that we know from the Apple iPhone 11 series. This makes all your apps load super fast and you can play games from Apple Arcade without hitches.

Apple iPhone SE (2016) processor A9

Apple iPhone SE (2016): A9 chip

The previous model, the iPhone SE (2016), has an A9 chip. This chip is a lot less powerful than the A13 chip of the second generation Apple iPhone SE. Apps load a little slower and videos may be a little less smooth on the iPhone SE (2016).

Color and storage

Apple iPhone SE 2nd generation color storage

Apple iPhone SE: 3 colors, 3 storage capacities

For the new version of Apple iPhone SE, Apple has chosen 3 colors: black, silver, and the well-known Apple RED. With the new version, Apple has limited the storage capacities to 3 options: 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB. With the new version, Apple has said goodbye to the storage capacities of 16GB and 32GB and created more space with 256GB.

Apple iPhone SE (2016) color storage

Apple iPhone SE (2016): 4 colors, 4 storage capacities

The Apple iPhone SE from 2016 is available in 4 different colors, silver, gold, rose gold, and Space Gray. The iPhone SE (2016) also has 4 options in storage capacity: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB.


Although the name of the Apple iPhone SE is the same as its predecessor, a lot has changed on the device. For example, the Apple iPhone SE (2nd generation) has a new design and a slightly larger screen. The chip in the new version is super fast, so your apps load quickly and games and videos don't lag. Thanks to the renewed camera with portrait mode, you can take the most beautiful photos of your pet or yourself. The Apple iPhone SE is a powerhouse with the recognizable appearance of Apple, without too much fuss.

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