1:56 pm EST, March 21, 2016

Apple launches iOS 9.3, announces new, smaller iPhone

For those of you don't think bigger is always better.

By Andrew Sims | Edited by Donya Abramo

Apple has revealed a new iPhone for those of you who don’t like their more recent, larger devices.

The new iPhone SE looks just like the iPhone 5, but the SE is able to keep up with its iPhone 6 and 6S family members.

The SE has the same processing power and graphics performance as the latest iPhone 6S. The camera has also been beefed up — it supports Apple’s new Live Photos feature, it can film 4K video, and it has a front-facing flash.

In other words, the iPhone SE has everything that the iPhone 6S has, but it’s a smaller device thanks to its four-inch screen. The cost of the iPhone SE starts at $399 for the 16 GB model, and there’s a 64 GB model for $499. You can get it for cheaper via a two-year contract and/or monthly service plan depending on your carrier.

Apple said they decided to make a new four-inch phone because many people simply prefer the smaller phone. Here’s the current iPhone lineup. As you can see, there’s a Rose Gold option for the iPhone SE:

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Pre-orders begin this Thursday.

Apple iOS 9.3

A major update to Apple’s iOS was also released today. The biggest addition is Night Shift, which will automatically adjust the colors in your phone’s screen at night. Studies have shown that this may help you sleep better at night. iOS 9.3 will be available as a free update beginning today, March 21. You can learn more about 9.3 on Apple’s site.

Apple is also unveiling software updates to the new Apple TV and the Apple Watch. Speaking of the latter, Apple dropped the starting price of the Apple Watch today to $299. They previously started at $349.

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