Apple is selling the iPhone SE again, its smallest, cheapest, and arguably best phone

  • Apple is quietly selling the iPhone SE via the clearance section of its site, starting at $249.
  • The 4-inch iPhone packs the guts of an iPhone 6S into the body of a smaller iPhone 5S.
  • The device was discontinued in September 2018 but was hugely popular among Apple cognoscenti.

If you’re still mourning the iPhone SE, Apple’s last small iPhone, then good news.

Apple has quietly resumed selling the compact phone on the clearance section of its website, where deals on products occasionally pop up. We first spotted the news thanks to MacRumors.

Prices for a silver, rose gold, space grey, or gold model start at $249 for 32GB, down from $349. A 128GB model comes in at $299, down from $449. The phones are new, unlocked, and come with a 4-inch retina display and Apple’s A9 chip. There’s also a 12-megapixel rear camera.

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It looks like the offer is only available to US customers. The UK version of Apple’s site doesn’t list the iPhone SE in its clearance section.

Apple stopped selling the iPhone SE in September 2018, the only remaining 4-inch iPhone and one of the last models to come with a headphone jack. The device originally came out in March 2016.

The iPhone SE was considered Apple’s best iPhone among the cognoscenti, thanks to the fact it packed the guts of a higher end iPhone 6S into the smaller body of an iPhone 5S. It was also cheaper than the rest of Apple’s flagship lineup at the starter price of $349.

As it stands, the cheapest iPhone you can buy directly from Apple right now is the iPhone XR or iPhone 7 for $449.