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Apple's new iPhone SE is just as powerful as iPhone 6S and has the same camera

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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.

Read next: Our iPhone SE review

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.

Developing. Check out our iPhone SE and iPad Live Blog for the latest updates and our Apple hub page for all the news!

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