The latest iPhone is the most expensive ever. We're talking to an Android converter to make the switch. Jefferson Graham reports on Talking Tech.

Welcome back, shorty. Apple has apparently made a radar market move to restore the smaller iPhone SE to its online store.

The iPhone SE, which has a four inch screen and was retired by Apple last year, came again Saturday in its online retailer's clearing department. Originally launched in 2016 for $ 349 and $ 449 for the 32 Gigabyte and 128 GB model respectively, the models are now priced at $ 249 and $ 299.

Designed with an A9 chip, iPhone SE will not have the capability to, itself, iPhone 7, which has an A10 Fusion chip and boasts a 4.7-inch screen. But fans of smaller phones may be willing to balance.

Supplies are apparently limited: The phones were listed as out of stock on Sunday afternoon.

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A comparison of some Apple iPhones including, from left, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE. (Photo: Apple.)

The device manufacturer may have brought the iPhone SE back to clearing any warehouse it had – and to increase sales figures, tech news site suggested Digital Trends, which was among the first outlets to access the smartphone's return. MacRumors has been credited with first spotting its availability.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company's tax revenues in the first quarter would fall below expectations earlier this month in a letter to investors. The greatest sinner? The economic downturn, which in particular led to lower iPhone sales in China.

This forecast could not only lead to discounted iPhones, but also the return of a "cheaper" SE product, "Patrick Moorhead, chief analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, told the United States today at that time.

Many may well Like the return of the smaller unit. When released, the iPhone SE was a hot seller that exceeded the first year's expected sales of 10 million to 20 million forecasts to approach 30 million

But the consumer boom was Sales of 4-inch iPhones declined from 13 percent of sales in Q1 2017 to 5 percent in Q2 2018, according to research firm IHS Markit, while sales of 4.7-inch iPhones dropped nearly 49 percent to 47 percent.

Consumers interested in the device should regularly check the Apple site in the coming days, says Brian Fagioli of tech news blog BetaNews. [19659005] "The 64-bit A9 chip is still very capable and you have r Touch ID – the gold standard in smartphone biometric security, "he said. "Oh, and yes, SE still has a headphone jack! You want an excellent experience. If you want something that can easily fit in a pocket, iPhone SE is a winner."

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