Meet the new iPhone SE – the iPhone 7

And say good­bye to the head­phone jack for­ever. Michael Si­mon re­ports

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While we had been hear­ing for months that Ap­ple would be up­dat­ing its bud­get 4in iPhone SE (pic­tured) some­time this year with a new de­sign and screen, it seems that this plan has been scrapped. In fact, any ref­er­ence to the phone is gone from Ap­ple’s web­site.

Click on the pre­vi­ous land­ing page for the iPhone SE and you’ll be taken to the gen­eral iPhone page, where all men­tion of the iPhone SE has been scrubbed. In its place at the bot­tom of the pack is the two-year-old

iPhone 7, which now starts at £449 for the 4.7in model with 32GB in black, sil­ver, gold, or rose gold.

That’s £100 more than the £349 iPhone SE, but you’re also get­ting a big­ger screen, newer chip (A10 Fu­sion vs A9), bet­ter rear cam­era with op­ti­cal im­age sta­bi­liza­tion and front cam­era (7Mp ver­sus 1.2Mp), IP67 wa­ter re­sis­tance, and a barom­e­ter. What you won’t get is a head­phone jack, though Ap­ple in­cludes a pair of Light­ning EarPods in the box. In fact, since Ap­ple has stopped sell­ing the iPhone 6s as well, you won’t find an iPhone with a head­phone jack any­where in Ap­ple’s line-up.

Maybe it’s pos­si­ble Ap­ple will one day make a new 4in phone. But one thing’s for sure: if it ever does come back, it won’t have a head­phone jack.

Why this mat­ters: Ap­ple never told us how many peo­ple were buy­ing the iPhone SE, but we ex­pect it wasn’t too many. Still, it served a vi­tal pur­pose. It was an en­try-level phone for peo­ple who couldn’t af­ford to spend up­wards of a thou­sand pounds on a new phone. And it gave peo­ple who hated big phones an op­tion to keep their tiny screens. Now they’ll have to up­grade to the 4.7in iPhone 7, which will be 0.7 inches too big for a lot of users.

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