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The new iPhone SE brings affordable 5G connectivity

At Apple’s Spring event held in March 2022, there were some interesting new developments announced around their products and services. Apple is renowned for its cutting-edge gadgets and constantly evolving technological breakthroughs. This year its “Peek Performance event” was held on March 8th. The headline story was that the new iPhone SE will be 5G compatible and have a price tag of $429. This brings 5G connectivity to Apple’s most affordable phone. The $599 iPad Air has been refreshed with an M1 chip and for creative professionals, there is a new computer – the $1999 Mac Studio Desktop.

If you are thinking of upgrading your phone, the new SE does seem to be a bit of a good choice with an affordable price tag and the A15 Bionic chip you find in the iPhone 13. You might not think that you need 5G right now, but it is worth considering the advantages of being 5G ready for the near future. While there is no immediate need to upgrade to 5G these networks will provide higher transmission speeds and lower latency. Essentially this will provide a more stable environment for mobile connectivity.

The more stable your internet connection is the more you can achieve in both work and play scenarios. This is particularly true where you are trying to stream anything. While many music platforms can adapt to network availability, video streaming requires a more stable network. We have all experienced the frustration of the screen freezing and lagging that occurs as due to variations in internet services. While buffering and reloading can be frustrating when we are watching a film or playing an online game, it can mean that we miss something crucial if we are taking part in live online activity.

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During the pandemic, millions of people around the world took part in online Zoom and Teams meetings. We are probably all too familiar with the experience of the video freezing at a key point and people having to log out and re-join having missed a vital part of the conversation. Devices that can connect over the 5G network will be much better equipped to operate in this environment. The same is true of any time-critical, online activity where you don’t want a technical glitch to affect performance. This is very true if you are going to be using your mobile device for online gaming. The live casino experience, for example, is a thrill for many, especially when taking advantage of the myriad of online casino bonus codes that are available from top casinos, such as BetMGM. To truly enjoy the experience, however, you will need a steady internet connection. Otherwise, you may risk your games being interrupted and spoiled. In most cases, 4G and broadband are good enough but 5G will simply be even better.  There is no doubt that 5G will revolutionize the way we live and work.

However, that’s not the only thing to consider right now if you want a new iPhone. The SE does have quite a small screen and the iPhone 11 might be preferable if you like a larger screen and are using your phone for photography. While the 11 does not have the A15 bionic chip which can be found in the newer iPhone models, it does have other extras that a keen photographer on a more limited budget might appreciate. One of these, and probably the most important one, is the dual-lens camera on the iPhone 11. Its lens includes a standard lens and an ultrawide lens which allows you to have a much broader field of vision in the scenes you capture than you can on the iPhone SE. The later iPhone models also have these more advanced lenses and are 5G compatible, but they also come with much heftier price tags.

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As with most technology buying decisions, it’s a choice of weighing up the pros and cons of each model against your available budget and choosing what is most important to you.