Apple Store Goes Down Ahead of iPhone SE Pre-Orders

Apple has taken down its online store in preparation for iPhone SE pre-orders, due to start today at 5:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

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The original ‌iPhone SE‌ was a budget 4-inch iPhone before being discontinued in 2018, but Apple has revived the name in with a new 4.7-inch model announced earlier this week that looks like an ‌iPhone‌ 8 with internals similar to those of the iPhone 11.

There's a single-lens 12-megapixel rear camera in the ‌iPhone SE‌ with an f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization, and support for Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting. Night Mode is not supported, but there is Smart HDR, Wide color support, and more, plus an LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync capabilities.

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Because the ‌iPhone SE‌ is physically identical to an ‌iPhone‌ 8, it continues to feature thick top and bottom bezels. The top bezel houses the 7-megapixel front-facing camera and microphone while the bottom bezel includes a Touch ID Home button for fingerprint-based biometric authentication.

Like the iPhone XR, ‌iPhone 11‌, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max, the ‌iPhone SE‌ features support for Haptic Touch instead of 3D Touch. That means ‌‌3D Touch‌‌ has officially been eliminated from Apple's ‌‌iPhone‌‌ lineup as the now-discontinued ‌‌iPhone‌‌ 8 was the last ‌‌iPhone‌‌ Apple sold that supported ‌‌3D Touch‌‌.

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The UK Apple Store shows a different placeholder

The second-generation ‌iPhone SE‌ features an A13 Bionic chip, 3GB RAM, and a low starting price of $399. Comes in white, black, and red, and comes with 64, 128, or 256GB of storage. First pre-orders are expected to ship in one week.

Related Roundup: iPhone SE 2020
Buyer's Guide: iPhone SE (Neutral)

Top Rated Comments

bernoulli Avatar
8 months ago


Not for me, thank you.
I find it amazing that somehow there is a lot of buzz, even for underwhelming products like this one.

cool story.
I’m sorry that people have different opinions and needs.
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I7guy Avatar
8 months ago


Lol, you could wait until tomorrow to order this phone and you won't have any trouble getting it. I don't know why but it annoys me that Apple treats the launch of a retread phone like this like its some massive event that people are going to be rushing to buy.

Because people will rush to buy this phone and it is a big event for Apple and people who want this phone.


Apple, you are releasing a phone that has been out for 3 years and have put new components in it that are already outdated. Let's not overthink this one.

Apple did their homework and knows not everyone cares about the latest camera and OLED. Other than Touch ID everything else is current. There’s not much to overthink.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Emanuel Rodriguez Avatar
8 months ago


No I'm not suggesting that and no where did my earlier statement imply that. I just don't think that anyone using an iPhone 7 that is working fine for them is going to spend $400+ for nearly the exact same phone.

Store is back up.

better CPU, better gpu, more camera features (because of the better ISP in that CPU, mostly), better wifi, better cellular speeds, also that nice express card power save feature (useful if you're in certain cities). Enough to warrant an upgrade to what likely will be the last model of iPhone in that form factor. I thought the iPhone 8 was it, but I'm glad to be wrong.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Relentless Power Avatar
8 months ago

Now they have released a phone that's been out since 2017 and stuck in last years components. Same camera with portrait mode added.

Just based off your comments in this thread, you have a very severe misunderstanding of this phone and it’s market. The fact that you’re so fixated on ‘last year‘s components’ shows that consumers don’t even pay attention (Let alone understand or care to), they see the price point and familiarized form factor, that’s it. You’re taking the simplicity of something so straightforward and over complicating it.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nermal0 Avatar
8 months ago
Name any other tech company whose online store goes down for 2 hours when they add a new product to it
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LFC2020 Avatar
8 months ago


Should we expect something else new in the store or just the iphone?

MacBook Pro 14 inch ??
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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