The new iPhone SE is powered by an A9 processor — just like the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus that Apple introduced in September. The powerful internals represent a major leap forward compared to the aging iPhone 5S, as now the company's smaller-sized handset is essentially on equal footing with the larger iPhones. 9to5Mac has for weeks been reporting that this would be the case; as expected, the iPhone SE also features an M9 chip for motion tracking and to allow users to say "Hey Siri" to activate Apple's personal assistant.
Another huge similarity between iPhone SE and the iPhone 6S is the camera; both contain the same 12-megapixel sensor that's capable of recording 4K video and shooting Live Photos. There are differences between the products elsewhere, however. The new 4-inch iPhone doesn't have a pressure-sensitive display or 3D Touch like Apple's bigger phones. But the iPhone SE does support Apple Pay, which can be used to make tap-to-pay purchases at retail stores and also in-app purchases.
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