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Essentials for Graphic Designers

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iOS 13 on the iPhone SE: Is It Worth It? 4 By Mike Peterson T he iPhone SE is pretty far from Apple's latest and greatest smartphone. While it debuted in 2016, its overall form factor is around seven years old. So how does iOS 13 run on the older device? In a nutshell, it runs really well. While there were reports that iOS 13 wouldn't support the iPhone SE, that isn't the case. And if you still use the 4 -inch smartphone as your daily driver, you'll probably be happy to know that iOS 13 breathes new life into the aging form factor. Performance It may not look like it at first glance, but the iPhone SE is still a fairly capable device. It packs Apple's A9 chipset — the same processor that powers Apple's iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices from 2016. But while the internals are still capable, iOS 13 boosts the iPhone SE's performance — even beyond the speed bumps in iOS 12. Apps open noticeably faster in the latest iOS 13 beta and using Touch ID to unlock the device happens in what seems like a split second. In other areas of the operating system, the performance is just as zippy and responsive. Even with an aging battery in our own iPhone SE test unit, the update made the three-year-old smartphone feel like a brand new device. "3D Touch" Apple's 3D Touch feature first debuted on the iPhone 6s — a device that debuted concurrently with the iPhone SE. Despite having the same internals however, the iPhone SE could never take advantage of the handy feature. iOS 13 doesn't technically add 3D Touch to the iPhone SE, but it does bring quite a bit of the feature's capabilities to the 4-inch form factor. In other words, you'll get access to features that have never been available on the SE. Want to access the Quick Actions menu on an app? Just long press on it. You can

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