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Tame Apple Press discover how overpriced the dream is really

by on08 May 2020

SE shows flaws in Apple's pricing

The Tame Apple Press has got itself into trouble by looking at the spec of the Apple iPhoneSE and the iPhone 11.

The finest minds at CNET got out their calculators and added up the prices of the SE and iPhone 11 and worked out that the iPhone 11 is double the price.  So the logic is that the iPhone 11 should be twice as good as the SE right?

Well CNET does its best to see value in the iPhone 11 as there are some differences. But the reality is that it is certainly not “twice as good”.  Here are the specs side by side.

iPhone SE (2020) vs. iPhone 11


Apple iPhone SE (2020)

iPhone 11

Display size, resolution

4.7-inch Retina HD; 1,334x750 pixels

6.1-inch LCD Liquid Retina; 1,792x828 pixels

Pixel density



Dimensions (inches)

5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 in.

5.94x2.98x0.33 in.

Dimensions (millimeters)

138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm


Weight (ounces, grams)

5.22 oz.; 148g

6.84 oz.; 194g

Mobile software

iOS 13

iOS 13



12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide)

Front-facing camera



Video capture




Apple A13 Bionic

Apple A13 Bionic


64GB, 128GB, 256GB

64GB, 128GB, 256GB


Not disclosed

Not disclosed

Expandable storage




Not disclosed

Not disclosed

Fingerprint sensor

Home button





Headphone jack



Special features

Water resistant (IP67); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging

Water resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging

Price off-contract (USD)

$399 (64GB), $449 (128GB), $549 (256GB)

$699 (64GB), $749 (128GB), $849 (256GB)

Price (GBP)

£419 (64GB), £469 (128GB), £569 (256GB)

£729 (64GB), £779 (128GB), £879 (256GB)



Yep, the only clear difference is the size and the uprated front camera. Both have the same A13 Bionic chip. The iPhone SE's battery is similar to that of the iPhone 8, which isn't as long as the iPhone 11 but then battery life in iPhones has been historically behind anyway.

As for the front-facing camera, the iPhone 11 It can capture 4K video - compared to the iPhone SE's 1080p video - and record slow-motion video, too. The question is how useful that is given the amount of space 4K video takes on a phone.

Both iPhones have LCD displays, but the iPhone 11 has a "Liquid Retina HD display" while the iPhone SE has "Retina HD". These are branding terms that Apple uses to differentiate its display technology; all you have to know, though, is that the iPhone 11's screen is sharper, although they both have the same number of pixels-per-inch or pixel density.

So that appears to be it. While the Tame Apple Press is emphasing “what a wonderful deal” the SE is, it is missing the point. The SE is a bog standard mid-range phone at the top of the price range. The iPhone 11 is a flagship. But there is little justification to get the more expensive phone.

Analysts are worried that the SE will cannabalise Apple's iPhone 11, what they really should be worried about is users suddenly realising that they are paying money for nothing.


Last modified on 08 May 2020
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