Apple iPhone SE (2022) in review

The most affordable iPhone features the powerful A15 Bionic, 5G, better battery life, improved durability, and a new camera system with advanced features like Smart HDR 4, Photographic Styles, and Deep Fusion

Excellent performance
Long battery life
An Inexpensive entry-level price for an iPhone

Low display resolution
Very long charging time for a small battery
Poor photo quality in low light

The Apple iPhone SE (2022) scores admirably in the test and offers a low-cost way into the iPhone world. The performance is outstanding, and the battery, despite its small size, lasts a very long time. The camera captures nice pictures, however it comes nowhere close to the best models. The design has its advantages and disadvantages; it’s a little outdated and looks similar to the iPhone 8, but it still retains the good old home button with TouchID.

iPhone SE comes in a compact and durable design, and together with iOS 15, delivers a seamless user experience.

Externally, the Apple iPhone SE (2022) has the same design as the iPhone 8, which was no longer a big deal at the time. The Apple logo on the back is only slightly more prominent than it was on the iPhone 8. The camera, though, and the entire front have remained unchanged. As a result, you’ll have thick display edges but a relatively small device.

The wide bezels around the screen provide enough room for the well-known home button. As a result, you won’t have to deal with Apple’s new swipe motions, which debuted with the iPhone X. In addition, TouchID has been reintroduced. You can unlock your iPhone, make purchases, and pay with Apple Pay using the fingerprint sensor embedded into the home button. FaceID is not available on the iPhone SE (2022).

Simple single camera, powerful LC displayIconic Design with a 4.7-inch Display
The display of the iPhone SE (2022) offers no surprises: My observations reveal that the screen is nearly equal to that of the iPhone 8 or iPhone SE (2020). The iPhone SE uses an LC display rather than an OLED panel, with a diagonal of 4.7 inches and a 16:9 aspect ratio.

However, the panel’s quality is far from poor. The iPhone SE (2022) features beautifully rich colours, with a typical RGB colour space coverage of 138 percent and a DCI-P3 colour space coverage of roughly 98 percent. The white point is likewise exactly located, ensuring a neutral white display – indicating that Apple has calibrated the screen to its customary high standards. At 637 candelas per square metre, the maximum brightness is adequate. In this way, even in low-light settings, display material may be seen well. With roughly 1,000 candelas per square metre, today’s leading smartphones glow far brighter.

Only the resolution is limited: at 1,334 by 750 pixels, it falls short of the industry standard. The pixel density is still a reasonable 326 ppi, despite the small size. Most other smartphones in this price range already have Full HD Plus displays, which produce a sharp image despite the larger screens.

Anyone who enjoys taking photos or shooting a lot of videos should exercise caution. Because the SE’s camera lens is identical to that of the iPhone 8, it will continue to be limited. Some functions from the iPhone 13 series are now available thanks to the upgraded processor. However, the thrilling and entertaining “movie mode” is not supported. You also won’t be able to use a zoom or a wide-angle lens. The main camera is optically stabilised and produces videos at 60 frames per second in a maximum 4K resolution.

The iPhone SE (2022) impressed me with its good camera quality in daytime. The quality of low-light photographs is totally dependent on whether you’re holding the smartphone in your hand or using a tripod. The photographs in this case are also excellent. Small movements, on the other hand, can drastically impair image quality. This could be due to the lack of deep fusion, which is only available on the more expensive models. The selfie camera’s quality is impressive.

From the outside, the iPhone SE (2022) resembles a 2017 iPhone, but when it comes to performance, it demonstrates where the hammer rests. Apple uses the same top-of-the-line Apple A15 Bionic CPU for its entry-level iPhone, which also ensures excellent performance in the current high-end models of the iPhone 13 series. This processor has six cores and runs at up to 3.24 GHz. Only the main memory is 4 GB, which may appear to be a performance stumbling block on paper.

A15 Bionic packs a powerful 6-core CPU, the fastest CPU in a smartphone, with two high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores, making iPhone SE up to 1.8x faster than iPhone 8, and even faster compared to older models. The 16-core Neural Engine is capable of 15.8 trillion operations per second, enabling faster machine learning computations for third-party applications

A15 Bionic packs a powerful 6-core CPU, the fastest CPU in a smartphone, with two high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores, making iPhone SE up to 1.8x faster than iPhone 8, and even faster compared to older models. The 16-core Neural Engine is capable of 15.8 trillion operations per second, enabling faster machine learning computations for third-party applications

Apple, on the other hand, demonstrates how well the operating system can be tailored to the hardware. Because our test PDF file loads in just 1.3 seconds on the iPhone. The iPhone SE (2022) obtains 80 frames per second in the graphics benchmark. As a result of its exceptional value, the Apple smartphone is ranked among the best gadgets in our performance rankings. Furthermore, the current processor assures that the gadget has up-to-date 5G capability and is future-proof.

When it comes to the battery, the data sheet initially raises some concerns: The new iPhone SE has a battery capacity of only 2,018 mAh, according to Apple. As an example: The iPhone 13 Pro Max has a battery capacity of 4,373 mAh. But it also demonstrates what a good combination of hardware and software can accomplish.

In test, the entry-level iPhone managed a runtime of 13:10 hours with the display turned on all the time. That should suffice for any long day with no issues. The subsequent loading pause will require some patience. To regain 100 percent battery capacity, the iPhone SE (2022) requires roughly 1 hour and 40 minutes. If this is too sluggish for you, you’ll have to dig deeper into your wallet and purchase a separate quick-charging power supply. There’s also wireless charging on board.


iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max Comparison

 iPhone 13 ProiPhone 13 Pro Max
Screen– Super Retina XDR with ProMotion
– 6.1 inches
– 1170×2532 definition
– 460ppp density
– Dolby Vision
– HDR10
– DCI-P3
– 1000 nits (1200 nits for HDR)
– True Tone
– Haptic Touch
– Notch
– Ceramic Shield
– Oleophobic coating
– Super Retina XDR with ProMotion
– 6.7 inches
– 1284×2778 definition
– 458ppp density
– Dolby Vision
– HDR10
– DCI-P3
– 1000 nits (1200 nits for HDR)
– True Tone
– Haptic Touch
– Notch
– Ceramic Shield
– Oleophobic coating
Size and Weight– 146,7 x 71,5 x 7,65 mm
– 203g
– 160,8 x 78,1 x 7,65 mm
– 238g
SoCs and GPUs– A15 Bionic
– 6-core CPU
– 5-core GPU
– 16-core Neural Engine
– A15 Bionic
– 6-core CPU
– 5-core GPU
– 16-core Neural Engine
Memory– 128GB, 256G, 512GB or 1TB storage
– No memory expansion
– 128GB, 256G, 512GB or 1TB storage
– No memory expansion
Software-iOS 14.1-iOS 14.1
Design– Stainless steel surround –
Frosted glass back
– IP68
– Stainless steel surround –
Frosted glass back
– IP68
Connectivity– Face ID
– Bluetooth 5.0
– WiFi 6
– 1x nano-SIM
– 2x eSIM
– 4G LTE
– 5G
– Face ID
– Bluetooth 5.0
– WiFi 6
– 1x nano-SIM
– 2x eSIM
– 4G LTE
– 5G
Colors– Graphite
– Gold
– Silver
– Alpine Blue
– Graphite
– Gold
– Silver
– Alpine Blue

Apple Watch to measure blood pressure, temperature and blood glucose: what’s new with watchOS 9?

watchOS 9 , the new version of the Apple Watch operating system, will make its debut during WWDC 2022 scheduled for June 6. The news awaited for this update are many, but together with some surprises, there is also the disappointment for all those functions that were expected to be found and for which instead we will have to wait a few more years.

The first function we won’t find is the one related to blood pressure monitoring. In fact, it seems that Apple has encountered some obstacles in the development and implementation of this technology, which according to reliable sources will not arrive before 2024.

Finally, a restyling of many of the watchOS 8 dials is planned, designed to optimize the use of space by adding more complications, and a generic improvement of the user experience when the watch is in Power Reserve mode ( low consumption). This mode allows the user to save battery by turning off all functions except the timekeeping, while the new mode is expected to include a more extensive suite of apps and functionality.

iOS 15.4.1 and macOS 12.3.1: Apple addresses battery and display issues

Apple’s operating system updates are intended to eliminate bugs that have plagued iPhone and Mac users. Vulnerabilities are apparently actively exploited for attacks.

The company has released iOS and iPadOS 15.4.1 and macOS 12.3.1 for download on Thursday evening. The updates can be obtained via the integrated software update on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV.

On iPhones, iOS version 15.4.1 is said to fix potential battery life issues. The battery could drain “quicker than expected” after installing iOS 15.4, as Apple announced.

The manufacturer had made requests from users to show patience. It was observed Immediately after installing iOS 15.4, routine processes can increase processor utilization and thus reduce iPhone battery life. That should be back within about two days, it was originally said. However, some iPhone owners reported a shorter battery life afterward.

Problems with external monitors on Mac
In addition, the new version of the operating system should once again ensure reliable interaction with Braille devices and hearing aids designed for the iPhone (MFi). According to Apple, these could suddenly lose the connection in third-party apps. iPadOS is also available in version 15.4.1 and, according to the manufacturer, contains the same bug fixes.

According to Apple, the new version 12.3.1 of macOS Monterey eliminates problems with external displays connected via USB-C or Thunderbolt. In particular, only the Mac mini 2018 is mentioned here as a problem child, but users also reported difficulties when using external monitors on MacBooks. Game controllers paired with the Mac should no longer lose the Bluetooth connection.

Apple has also released tvOS 15.4.1, HomePod software 15.4.1 and watchOS 8.5.1. Whether the Apple Watch update will address the (re)fast charging issues that several Series 7 owners have recently reported remains to be seen.

Vulnerability is probably actively exploited for attacks
A serious vulnerability in operating systems allows programs to run malicious code with kernel privileges, Apple warns. There are reports that the vulnerability may already be actively exploited. Users should import the updates accordingly quickly. So far, the relevant security information from the manufacturer is only available for iOS, iPadOS and macOS. There seem to be two zero-day vulnerabilities on Macs: In addition to a security-related bug in the AppleAVD component, Apple also lists a bug in the Intel graphics driver there. There is no patch available for older macOS versions.

[Update 4/1/2022 9:15 am] Participants in Apple’s beta program must remove the installed profile if they want to install iOS and iPadOS 15.4.1. Otherwise the update will not appear in the software update. Apple has not yet provided a new pre-release, such as iOS 15.5.

The Apple A16 Bionic chip will be exclusive to iPhone 14 Pro models

If the word of the well-known and respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is to be believed, the iPhone 14 series will appear with the Apple A16 Bionic chip, but not all models will be equipped with the same. Only Pro models (iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max) will be equipped with the new Apple A16 Bionic chip.

Those who opt for the iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Max will have to settle for the old Apple A15 Bionic chip. Ming-Chi Kuo doesn’t stop there, but claims that all four iPhone 14 models will come with 6 GB of RAM. That’s a good thing, but what many won’t like is that the Pro models will get the latest LPDDR5 memory, while the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max will get LPDDR4X memory.

Of course, the differences will also be reflected in the size of the screen, cameras and battery.

Whether Apple is really planning to decide on such a marketing move or it’s just a lack of chips remains to be seen. But as the launch date approaches, there will certainly be more and more information.

Apple releases iOS 15.4.1: solved excessive battery consumption

A couple of weeks after the release of iOS and iPadOS 15.4 , Apple has made publicly available iOS and iPadOS 15.4.1 (build 19E258), minor updates that mostly fix bugs and improve system security. Apple also released new tvOS and HomePod 15.4.1 (build 19L452) and macOS 12.3.1.

Regarding iOS 15.4.1, in particular, a bug that caused excessive battery consumption has been fixed. I also corrected a problem with Braille devices and “Made for iPhone” hearing aids.

The update includes the following iPhone bug fixes:

  • The battery could run out faster than expected following the update to iOS 15.4.
  • Braille devices might not respond correctly when browsing text or when displaying an alert.
  • Made for iPhone hearing aids could log out within some third party apps.

macOS 12.3.1 addresses an issue that could prevent an external USB-C or Thunderbolt monitor from turning on when connected to Mac mini (2018) as a secondary monitor, and an issue with Bluetooth devices, such as game controllers, that could disconnect from the Mac after playing audio through some Beats headphones.

As usual, the updates can be downloaded for free in over-the-air mode via the appropriate menu in the settings. It is also possible to update under the 5G network if the “allow more data” function has been activated in the cellular network settings.

For the update it is necessary to have at least 20% of residual charge or, better still, to keep the device connected to the mains during the update. Before proceeding with the update it is always advisable to have a backup made on iCloud or on a computer.

With iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4, remember, several features have arrived. Among these, the Universal Control , which allows you to use a single keyboard and a single mouse to control multiple devices at a time on which you are logged in to your iCloud account, the ability to use Face ID with a protective mask on the iPhone 12 and above, even without having an Apple Watch for authentication, the possibility of inserting the Green Pass in the Wallet and support for Emoji 14 .

After update to iOS 15.4: Apple confirms battery problems

In addition to some improvements, the new iOS version 15.4 also brings some known problems: Apple confirmed user reports that the iPhone battery discharges much faster after installing the update.

The update to version 15.4 of the Apple operating system iOS had to deal with irregularities in battery operation a few days after the release, as can be seen from various user reports on Twitter. The company itself has already responded to the problem in a tweet .

After the installation of iOS 15.4, the battery life of iPhones is significantly reduced – in some cases, five percent battery consumption can be seen within ten minutes in sleep mode. Enormous heat developments on the back can also be observed more frequently with the update.

iOS 15.4 battery problems: what to do?
However, Apple sees no reason for concern in this regard. Instead, the company’s support site tweeted that these operations were common, noting that installed apps and software-side features would take up to 48 hours to adapt to the new OS version.

Accordingly, Apple recommends a patient approach after the iOS 15.4 update has been installed and the battery problem occurs. After a few days of waiting, the applications should be adjusted to the new operating system, so that battery operation should resume normal cycles.

Restarting the smartphone should also be a potential workaround. Customers should only contact official Apple support for troubleshooting if the battery consumption is in this range over the long term.

iPhone 14: New Apple cell phone will last longer

Better Wi-Fi and more battery performance – Apple optimizes the iPhone 14. (Image source: Apple)

Smartphones need a lot of power for their processing needs. Reports say that Apple has decided to a large battery in the upcoming smartphone iPhone 14. 

The Economic Daily News a Taiwanese based newspaper revealed its reports that Apple would install new 5G wireless chips made by TSMC in the iPhone 14.

People are attributing Apple’s decision to use large battery to its decision to use Qualcomm’s “Snapdragon X65” modem iPhone 14. 

TSMC manufactures the new chips using the 6 nm process. This process allows for smaller chips with lower power consumption. Installation of smaller chips has given free space to Apple that’s it has decided to use the “Snapdragon X65” modem. A large battery in iPhone 14 means it will give the smartphone to more power to last longer.

Good to know: The said RF transceiver chip will probably also support the new “Wi-Fi 6E” radio standard. It offers more bandwidth and should ensure less interference. Incidentally, there were already rumors about the new radio technology in November last year . According to the reports, Apple’s decision should also be the basis for the data connection of the mixed reality headsets that will be released next year. In summary: The iPhone 14 offers better battery performance and also has optimized WLAN reception.

Apple’s test production is already underway
With the details that have now become known, the picture of the iPhone 14, whose test production has already started , is completed. Apple should then start mass production in the summer , so that the market launch in September can take place on time. There will again be four models in total, although you will have to do without a mini edition. However, the iPhone 14 Max will be new to the range, the standard variant with a larger 6.7-inch display equivalent to the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

Apple Touch ID not coming back? iOS 15.4 reveals Apple is focusing on Face ID

Apple’s Touch ID, a security feature for the company’s iPhone models, may not return as the company focuses on improving its current Face ID feature. Since the release of the advanced Touch ID feature, the tech giant has started integrating it into its smartphones.

The first model to have this feature was the iPhone 5 in 2013. Then the iPhone 6 and other models followed. However, Touch ID integration was discontinued by Apple after the announcement of the iPhone X. Some consumers criticized the move since the company recently announced an under-display sensor, as reported by MacRumors.

At the time, the company said it was two years ahead of the competition, but five years after the launch of the iPhone X, it still looks like Apple was, at least, half a decade ahead of the competition. its competitors in facial recognition.

According to the latest report from 9To5Mac, the release of iOS 15.4, which is expected to roll out in the coming weeks, means the popular Touch ID will no longer be available .

Rumors about the removal of Touch ID began after the global COVID-19 pandemic began. Some consumers find this fingerprint recognition feature quite effective, as it works very easily and quickly. However, the bitten-apple giant is now considering using Face ID technology, as it is more secure than Touch ID technology. With Face ID, all you have to do is look at your iPhone screen. After that, it will open automatically.

Face ID is now more efficient
Apple’s Face ID still has some issues. One of them is its inaccuracy when the user wears masks. Remember that people around the world might still need to wear face coverings since the global pandemic can last for years until it is completely neutralized.

For this reason, Apple has come up with a simple solution to solve the problem of masks, which is to integrate the eye recognition function into Face ID . This new feature should be available as soon as iOS 15.4 is released. Thanks to this innovation, Apple consumers will soon be able to unlock their iPhones even when wearing a mask in public

Practical tip for iOS users: How to make Siri understand you even better?

Apple’s voice assistant on the iPhone, iPad and Mac always listens, doesn’t it? Well, there are cases when Siri “closes his ears”. With the following tip, however, we eliminate a common communication problem – works with both iOS and iPad OS on Apple’s tablet.

 With the voice command “Hey Siri” , Apple’s voice assistant comes to life and easily listens to requests and questions. Hassle free? However, Siri does not always really listen , namely when the iPhone or iPad with the display is lying on the table or when the screen is covered. Siri then pretends to be deaf and ignores users. Why is this?

Siri doesn’t always listen on iPhone and iPad, here’s how to help each other on iOS
This behavior is intended by Apple , because if the user lays the iPhone and iPad “prone” on the table , this avoids double Hey Siri calls , for example if there is another HomePod in the room. In short: Actually not a bug, more of a feature. Provided that you know about it and don’t just discover the functionality by accident. But there should also be situations in which you don’t want this , then Siri should always be listening. Is this even possible?

The solution is hidden here
Let’s do it, the way leads once again via the operating aids . We can find them in the settings of iOS and iPad OS . We scroll down to the point just mentioned and get to the “special” Siri settings. Once there, we discover the option “Always pay attention to “Hey Siri””. Disabled by default, we flip the switch without further ado. Now Siri is always listening on iPhone and iPad, even when the screen is facing down or covered.

This could prove to be practical in emergencies , for example , when users are unable to get to their iPhone and still want to call for help using Siri. If we activate the feature, we will be better prepared for such cases in the future.

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