I only wanted one thing about the 2018 iPhone event: a new iPhone SE. By not providing it Apple seems to have quietly put the model into pasture – and for that I curse them eternally. Because it was the best phone the company has ever made.
If you were one of the many who left the SE in 2015, when it started, that's understandable. The iPhone 6S was the last and the most powerful, and of course corrected some of the problems that Apple had wanted to present with the new design of the 6. But for me, the SE was perfectly adapted .
See, I've always liked the design of the iPhone that started with the 4. We may remember better this classic phone for being left in a bar before the release and broadcast by Gizmodo – which is a shame because was worthy of the sumptuous revelation that Apple now grants to all the devices it broadcasts.
The 4 has established a brand new aesthetic industrial design, immediately recognizable and very practical. The smooth, rounded edges and back of the original stainless steel iPhone (probably the second best phone from Apple) and the jellybean-esque 3G and 3GS are gone.
In place of these soft curves, there were hard lines and uncompromising geometry: a metal belt ran along the edge, coming off the sides of the glass by the smallest of steps. It highlighted and highlighted the black glass of the screen and the bezel, producing a specular outline under any angle.
The camera was recessed and the sub-rinsing of the home button (RIP), fully contained in the case, making the device perfectly flat in the front and back. # 39; s back. Meanwhile, the side buttons came out boldly. Volume in bold, engraved circles; the mute switch is easy to find but impossible to inadvertently activate; the power button perfectly placed for an index that reaches. Note that all these features are directly related to the ease of use: make things easier, better, more accessible, while being attractive and consistent as parts of the same object.
Compared to the iPhone 4, all other phones, including Samsung's new "Galaxy Killer," were inexpensive plastic, inconsistent in design, or at best, professional in quality. And do not think I speak as a fan of Apple; I was not an iPhone user at the time. In fact, I probably still used my beloved G1 – talking about beauty and the beast!
The design was solid enough to survive the initially delicate transition to a longer screen in the 5th and with this generation, it also gained the improved rear side that mitigated the annoying tendency of the phone to … break.
However, the iPhone 5S gray two-color left virtually no room for improvement. And after 4 years, maybe it was time to refresh things a bit. Unfortunately, what Apple finally did is subtract any personality from the device while adding only screen space.
For me, the 6 was just ugly. This recalled the plethora of boring Android phones at the time – simply a quality superior to that of others, no different. The 6S was just as ugly, and the 7 to 8 somehow banished any design that stood out, while reversing some practical measures by allowing for a bigger and bigger camera hump and losing the headphone jack . The X, at least, seemed a little different.
But to get back to the subject, it's after the 6S that Apple had introduced the SE. Although it means by name "Special Edition", the name was also a nod to the Macintosh SE. Ironically, given the original meaning of "System Expansion", the new SE was the opposite: essentially an iPhone 6S in the body of a 5S, with an improved camera, a sensor Touch ID and a processor. The move was probably designed as a kind of lifeboat for users who still could not bring themselves to adopt the radically redesigned and significantly larger new model.
Apple should have taken time to convert these people, those types who rarely buy first-generation Apple products and prefer usability to novelty. So why not put them to sleep a bit during this difficult transition?
The SE has appealed not only to the nostalgic and neophobic, but simply to those who prefer a smaller phone. I do not have particularly large or small hands, but I preferred this highly packable and proven design to the new one for several reasons.
Rinse the camera so that it is not scratched? Check. Normal and squeeze home button? Check. Flat and symmetrical design? Check. The actual edges to hold? Check. Thousands of cases are already available? Check – although I have not used it for a long time. The SE is the best without one.
At the time, the iPhone SE was more compact and more beautiful than anything that Apple offered, without compromising in terms of functionality. The only possible objection was his size, and it was (and is) a matter of taste.
This was the best object that Apple ever designed, with the best technologies ever developed. It was the best phone of his life.
And the best phone since its inception, if you ask me. Since the 6th, it seems to me that Apple has only drifted, attracting something to captivate its users in the way of the design of the iPhone 4 and its new graphics capabilities since 2010. It has refined this design at the forefront of progress. and then, when everyone was waiting for the company to leap forward, she rather rocked, perhaps fearing to scare the gold goose.
For me, the SE was that Apple was allowing a final victory lap on a design that she would never go over. It is understandable that he does not want to admit, many years ago, that anyone who might prefer something he created almost ten years ago to his flagship product of $ 1,000, a device that I would thinks I need to add that it's design (I'll never have a notched phone if I can help it) but backpedals on handy features used by millions of people, like Touch ID and a 3.5mm headphone jack . This is consistent with the unfair choices made for users elsewhere in the range.
While I'm disappointed with Apple, I'm not surprised. After all, it has been disappointing for years. But I still have my SE and I plan to keep it as long as possible. It's the best thing the company has ever done, and it's still a hell of a phone.