iPhone SE is back in stock — and it’s going cheap

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It's a bargain!
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Apple has seemingly given up on the iPhone SE form factor. However, it’s not given up selling them — as evidenced by the fact that Apple’s diminutive, 4-inch handset just turned up on Apple’s Online Store.

Apple is selling the handsets in silver, gold, silver, and space gray — with prices starting at a mere $249. That’s great news for anyone who doesn’t want to drop the money necessary to pick up an iPhone XR, iPhone XS, or XS Max.

The iPhone SE handsets are listed as “Clearance” items. The gold, rose gold, space gray and silver iPhone SE are available for $249 in 32GB storage options. There are options for unlocked versions sporting T-Mobile, Verizon and TracFone SIM cards. 128GB models will set you back $299. That’s between $50 and $100 off the price of the phones when they were launched.

iPhone SE specs

Apple launched the iPhone SE in March 2016 as part of the iPhone’s ninth generation. They sport a 4-inch Retina display, an A9 chip, Touch ID and a 12-megapixel rear camera. (In what will be a welcome blast-from-the-past for many readers, they also come with a 3.5mm headphone jack.)

In terms of design, it’s virtually identical to the iPhone 5s, one of the greatest iPhone designs in history in my opinion. Sure, you lack Face ID and the edge-to-edge screens of Apple’s newer iPhones. But you make up for it with an easily graspable form factor.

This isn’t the first time the iPhone SE has shown up in Apple’s clearance store. You never know when it’ll be the last time, though! So if this is something of interest, we’d recommend that you hurry.