With all the hubbub surrounding the launch of the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, it was easy to overlook another Apple development: No more iPhone SE. In other words, no more “budget” option. The SE debuted at $399, but was cut to $349 with the arrival of the iPhone X and iPhone 8 last year. What now? Are you going to have to pay hundreds more if you want an iPhone? Not quite: Apple’s new “low-end” model is the iPhone 7, which was just cut to $449. That’s $200 less than when it debuted two years ago as Apple’s then-flagship. But, wait, it gets better: For a limited time, and while supplies last, you can get a refurbished, unlocked iPhone 7 (32GB) for $379. That’s within a stone’s throw of the SE — for a bigger, more powerful phone. See it at Apple What’s more, Apple’s refurbs are literally good as new: new outer shell, new battery, full one-year warranty. There’s zero downside to choosing a refurbished iPhone, at least when it’s Apple doing the refurbishing. So, how does the iPhone 7 compare with the iPhone SE? Fans of the latter will undoubtedly bemoan the former’s larger size and lack of headphone jack. (Apple’s product page says this refurb model still includes the Lightning-to-3.5mm dongle in the box — something that’s going away in factory fresh models.) I’d say that in return for an extra half-inch of body length (hardly a pocket-breaker), you get a bigger, brighter… [Read full story]
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