Apple announces the third-generation iPhone SE with 5G & A15 Bionic

AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content.

The third-generation iPhone SE is here, and costs only $429 for the A15 Bionic, 12MP cameras, 5G, and Touch ID in a familiar package.

Apple didn’t change much about the new iPhone SE, but that is the point of the product. This budget-friendly iPhone is aimed at consumers looking for the least expenditure possible iPhone while still purchasing a new device.

Nothing changed about the external design. The third-generation iPhone SE uses the same aluminum-glass design with curved edges and a large chin. It now has Ceramic Shield glass and maintains an IP67 water resistance rating.

The single rear 12MP camera uses the same components as before but gains better performance thanks to a faster image signal processor found in the A15 Bionic. The selfie camera is still 7MP, but gains image quality improvements from the new ISP. Portrait Mode, Photographic Styles, and Deep Fusion all benefit from this new processor.

Despite being a new smartphone, it retains the same external design used since the iPhone 8 that was released in 2017. That design is a selling point for some because it includes the classic Touch ID Home Button.

5G, A15 Bionic, Ceramic Shield

5G, A15 Bionic, Ceramic Shield

The A15 Bionic also ensures years of support for the new iPhone SE. Users will continue to get the latest iOS updates as long as the latest flagship iPhone 13 will, which is around six to eight years. The battery will give out before software support ends.

“iPhone SE has been an incredibly popular choice with our existing users and for new iPhone customers, thanks to its iconic design, exceptional performance, and affordable price. This year we’ve built the most powerful and durable iPhone SE yet, with better battery life thanks to A15 Bionic, the same chip as our iPhone 13 lineup that also unlocks advanced camera features like Smart HDR 4, Photographic Styles, and Deep Fusion,” said Kaiann Drance, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPhone Product Marketing. “And with 5G, iPhone SE gives users faster downloads and uploads, higher quality video streaming, real-time interactivity in apps, and much more. Delivering the latest generation of technology and performance at this price is something only Apple can do.”

Apple also included a 5G modem in the iPhone SE. This means every iPhone Apple sells is a 5G device.

The storage options available are 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. Apple claims battery life lasts up to two hours more during regular use.

Customers can pre-order the new iPhone SE on March 11, starting at $429, with initial shipments and in-store availability beginning March 18. There are three colors available: Midnight, Starlight, and (PRODUCT)RED.

ESPN, ABC News apps to end third-generation Apple TV support in October

The ESPN and ABC News apps will stop supporting the third-generation Apple TV beginning in early October, according to a message shown within the apps.

Starting Oct. 4, 2021, the Disney-owned ESPN and ABC News apps will no longer be available on the older Apple TV set-top boxes. An in-app message directs users to continue using the apps on Apple TV 4K, iPhone, or iPad, or via AirPlay.

According to Appleosophy, some features of the apps are already losing support. The live-streaming feature in the ABC News apps, for example, appears to have gone offline as of Thursday morning. Users can still watch on-demand content or video clips, however.

Streaming services are continuing to cut off support to the third-generation Apple TV, which was first released in 2012. CBS All Access discontinued service in March, while YouTube stopped supporting it later in 2021. Fox Now has also ended support.

However, it’s still possible to view some modern streaming services using the third-generation Apple TV. Paramount+, which replaced CBS All Access, is still available to view on the model through Apple TV Channels.

Apple does not support the third-generation Apple TV with tvOS updates including new features since it was updated for the Apple TV+ service, but it does occasionally issue updates incorporating security and bug fixes.

Fox Now app ends third-generation Apple TV support

The Fox Now app is now no longer supported by the third-generation Apple TV, with the streaming app now only accessible on the fourth-generation Apple TV and newer models.

In May, Fox said it was dropping support for the Fox Now app on the third-generation Apple TV from June 17. It appears that Fox has followed through with its announced change.

First reported on Saturday by Appleosophy, the Fox Now app is no longer accessible on the third-generation Apple TV. It also appears that previously-installed versions of the app are removed from view on the set-top box.

While the app is no longer usable on the third-generation Apple TV, those using the fourth-generation model and later with tvOS can download and install the app onto their set-top boxes for viewing.

It is still possible to watch content from the Fox Now app on the third-generation Apple TV, albeit indirectly. To do so, users will have to use the app on their iPhone or iPad and use AirPlay to stream it to the Apple TV.

The removal of support follows after other apps performing the same move. Earlier in 2021, the third-generation version lost support for the MLB app, CBS All Access, and YouTube.

Keep up with everything Apple in the weekly AppleInsider Podcast — and get a fast news update from AppleInsider Daily. Just say, “Hey, Siri,” to your HomePod mini and ask for these podcasts, and our latest HomeKit Insider episode too.

If you want an ad-free main AppleInsider Podcast experience, you can support the AppleInsider podcast by subscribing for $5 per month through Apple’s Podcasts app, or via Patreon if you prefer any other podcast player.

AppleInsider is also bringing you the best Apple-related deals for Amazon Prime Day 2021. There are bargains before, during, and even after Prime Day on June 21 and 22 — with every deal at your fingertips throughout the event.