Let’s Have a Moment (and Some Wallpapers) for the Original, Wonderful iPhone SE

Apple today announced a new iPhone SE, a “smaller” phone that puts some of the iPhone 11 Pro’s premium processing power and camera features in the body of an iPhone 8, at a much reduced price. It’s a good time to sell an affordable phone, and we here are particularly excited to see how many iPhone 8 parts can be swapped into the SE. But we’re still a bit sad to see the original, 4-inch iPhone SE lose its canonical place as Apple’s durable, repairable phone that feels great in your hand.

The SE earned a 6/10 repairability score in our teardown, owing to its screen-first disassembly, easy battery replacement, and offering few surprises, thanks to its roughly identical build with the iPhone 5s. The smaller display, headphone jack, and squared-off metal body made it a keeper for far longer than any other iPhone out now. Our CEO Kyle Wiens was one of many SE fans quoted in a Washington Post feature on the iPhone SE’s longevity. As Wiens notes, thousands of people visit our iPhone SE repair guides every month, many likely looking to extend the life of their trusty hold-out.

If you’re one of those folks enjoying a phone you can actually put in your pocket, we’re long overdue getting you a wallpaper that lets you glimpse the insides of your SE. It’s mostly shields and battery, but then again, that’s part of what made it so durable. We’ve also got an X-ray view for you, courtesy of Creative Electron, and a darkened version.

To set up these wallpapers, first open up this page on your iPhone. Tap on a wallpaper to view it at full resolution, and then save the image to your photos. You can set it as your wallpaper by selecting “Wallpapers” in the Settings app, and then “Choose a New Wallpaper.”

iPhone SE Internals Wallpaper:

iPhone SE Internals Wallpaper, Darkened:

iPhone SE X-ray Wallpaper:

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