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Apple's new iPhone is a lot smaller (and a bit cheaper)*

*If you count a €20 difference between it and the iPhone 5s cheaper.

Updated: 19.25

APPLE HAS UNVEILED a new iPhone which hopes to win over those still using its older iPhones, the 5s and 5c.

The iPhone SE, which was announced at a media event at its Cupertino headquarters, is a 4-inch device which is similar to the similarly-sized iPhone 5s, the two-year-old device which it will replace.

Much of the presentation was based around how better the SE is compared to the 5s, which was seen as the entry-level iPhone ever since the iPhone 6s was released.

The improvements made to the SE meant it has two times faster CPU performance and three times faster GPU performance than the 5s, making it on par with the 6s.

The smartphone includes an A9 processor, similar to the iPhone 6s, as well as a 12 MP camera and 4K video recording. Much like the iPhone 6s, live photos and retina flash will also be included as well as Touch ID, its fingerprint unlock function.

However, 3D Touch, which allows it to determine how hard you’re pressing, wasn’t mentioned during it.

The device will be offered in 16GB and 64GB versions and will be sold alongside the iPhone 6 and 6s as well as the plus versions. The iPhone 5s will make way for it.

The device will be initially released in certain countries like the US and the UK at the end of March but will be available in 110 countries by the end of May.

The iPhone SE will start at €499 for the 16GB version unlocked and €599 for the 64GB version, a little bit cheaper than the €519 required for the 16GB iPhone 5s. Pre-orders for Irish customers will open on 29 March.

Apple AP Photo / Marcio Jose Sanchez AP Photo / Marcio Jose Sanchez / Marcio Jose Sanchez

Smaller is better

The company also took the time to announce other additions like a smaller version of the iPad Pro which now comes at 9.7-inches. Part of the reason it settled upon this size is because it has sold 200 million iPads of that size in the past.

Billed as a laptop replacement – which led its head of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller to say the majority of iPad Pro users came from Windows computers – the 32GB model starts at €699 while the 128GB and 256GB versions cost €879 and €1,059 respectively.

Alongside the different improvements, it also comes with a True Tone Display, which allows the screen to match the light temperature of the room you’re in.

Originally published: 17.47

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