The rumours were right: this morning, a brand new iPhone SE was announced by Apple. The smaller phone is nearly identical in hardware to the larger iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but it's a lot friendlier to smaller hands and slimmer pockets. It's also the cheapest iPhone ever, which is nice too. Here's how much you'll pay, and when you can buy one in Australia.
The iPhone SE will start from $679 in Australia, which is a pretty hefty Australia tax on top of the phone's US$399 starting point internationally. That stack of cash will get you a 16GB iPhone SE in any of Apple's four distinctive colourways, and for the larger 64GB version, you'll pay $829 for the iPhone SE. The new, small phone will be available from March 31. Pre-sales start a week before on March 24 (PDT), which is March 25 in Australia.
Replacing the iPhone 5S directly, the iPhone SE is built around a 4-inch display — smaller than the iPhone 6 and 6s' 4.7-inch, and the 6s Plus' 5.5-inch screens. It also has the same squared-off body as the iPhone 5S and the same all-metal back, with Touch ID and the 6s' 12-megapixel camera. The same Apple A9 processor as the iPhone 6s is exactly what we were hoping for, making the iPhone SE far and away the most powerful small phone you can buy.