Apple unveiled the iPhone SE in March of 2016 and put a big smile on the face of anyone that prefers the smaller, 4-inch form factor. It looks just like the iPhone 5s, but has the specs and features of three years of technological advancements. Rumors abound that Apple is updating their iconic 4-inch iPhone, but what’s it going to look like? What upgrades will it get? This article is where you’ll find out all the latest news and rumors about the iPhone SE 2. Bookmark it and visit often. Here’s everything we know about the rumored iPhone SE 2!
July 10, 2018: Analysts claim iPhone SE to be discontinued this fall
According to two analysts for BlueFin Research Partners are under the impression that Apple will discontinue the iPhone SE line later this year following the release of its new 2018 iPhones. The pair also claims that the iPhone X will be discontinued alongside the SE. As Barron’s notes, they site no sources:
“Without citing sources, the duo write that Apple is planning for 91 million units to be built, combined, of three new models of iPhone in the latter two calendar quarters of this year, to be followed by another 92 million units in the first two quarters of next year. The iPhone X would presumably be discontinued in Q3 of this year, and the cheaper “iPhone SE” would also go away. That 92 million units in the first two quarters of next year is “far larger than normal cycles,” they write.
What will the next generation iPhone SE be called?
Unless Apple decides to rename its entire line of iPhones after some landscape or chipset design, its highly likely that the second generation of iPhone SE will simply be called iPhone SE 2. However, some rumors have spread that the next iPhone SE might have edge-to-edge display (more on that later), and have dubbed it iPhone 9 SE or iPhone X SE.
What’s in a name? Practically everything when it comes to what Apple decides to call its products. We speculate for a year (sometimes longer) and either groan or applaud when the nomenclature is officially revealed. Until we hear otherwise, however, we’ll keep calling it the iPhone SE 2.
When will it be released?
We don’t have a whole lot of history to go on for predicting the release of a supposed second-generation 4-inch iPhone. What we do know, however, is that the first-generation iPhone SE launched in March of 2016 and there is a rumor that Apple is planning a March event this year.
Word on the street is that Apple might announce the availability its AirPower Qi wireless charger and an updated Qi-supported AirPod charging case, as well as unveil an updated iPad. The rumors of an iPhone SE 2 announcement aren’t as strong, but it makes the most sense in relation to Apple’s previous 4-inch iPhone launch.
How much will it set me back?
The current iPhone SE starts at just $349. It’s considered Apple’s low-cost, entry-level iPhone. In order to keep with the theme, Apple would have to put a cap on the price point, which might mean a slight increase of the current price, but not significantly more (if at all) than the original price of the iPhone SE, which originally started at $399.
What about the iPhone SE 2 design?
This is the good stuff. Am I right? The whole point of keeping the 4-inch form factor is to keep it small. But will Apple stick with the same casing as the iPhone SE? or will we see something completely different?
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors) believes a low-end edge-to-edge iPhone is heading our way. Though Kuo isn’t implying that this is the iPhone SE 2 we’re hoping for, he does say it’ll be a few hundred dollars less than the iPhone X and be the smallest of three iPhone X style designs.
On the other hand, a “sketchy” rumor recently came out that Apple won’t be changing the design of the iPhone SE at all. Instead, the insides will get some spec upgrades.
If Apple wants to keep the cost of the iPhone SE low, we’re not likely to see a mini version of the iPhone X. If, however, Apple’s trying to satisfy the 4-inch phone community, cost be damned, we may get all the great features of the latest and greatest iPhone in an itty-bitty package.
Will the iPhone SE 2 have Face ID?
Here’s where the argument for pricing gets important. If Apple wants to keep the price of the iPhone SE to $349, or even close to that, things like Face ID (and the TrueDepth Camera system required of it) are probably out of the question.
If, however, the 4-inch (ish) iPhone is going to be posited as a mini iPhone X, then Apple may not be shooting for the low-cost buyers, but the high-end 4-inch consumers.
If the iPhone SE 2 is not going to support Face ID, then it’s also less likely that would have edge-to-edge display since the Home button would need … well, a home.
What about color options?
Currently, the iPhone SE comes in space gray, silver, gold, and rose gold, which are all the standard iPhone colors in existence.
The only thing we’re missing is jet black and (Product) RED.
I’m not sure Apple will put the extra time and effort into adding jet black to the lineup. (Product) RED, however, is possible as the color variation is usually attached to an awareness campaign. We haven’t seen a (Product) RED iPhone SE yet, but I could see the possibility.
What about the specs?
If there’s anything that’s almost a sure thing in the speculative world of whether an iPhone SE 2 will happen or not, it’s the upgrade to the guts. No matter what the design, size, or features, if an iPhone SE 2 exists, it’ll probably get a spec bump.
Rumors abound that the iPhone SE 2 will get the A10 chipset and continue to have 2GB or RAM with a 32 and 128GB storage tier. The battery might get upgraded to 1700 mAh (up from 1624 mAh), and though the rear camera will have the same 12 mp spec, the front-facing camera will supposedly get upgraded to 5 mp.
What about the headphone jack?
Will Apple replace the 3.5mm headphone jack that currently exists on the iPhone SE? If Apple doesn’t make any changes to the casing of the 4-inch iPhone, we’ll probably continue to get the 3.5mm plug. Why go out of their way to change it if it’s already there?
If, however, the iPhone SE design changes, there is a good chance the 3.5mm headphone jack will disappear, being replaced with Lightning port audio and Bluetooth support.
How about wireless charging?
Since Apple added inductive charging support to the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 8 (as well as the third-generation Apple Watch and the future AirPod charging case), it stands to reason that the iPhone SE 2 will gain the same Qi standard support, especially if Apple launches the AirPower charger around the same time.
However, Apple might not be interested in making the iPhone SE 2 compatible with the Qi standard, especially if the cost is so high that it would affect sales of the low-cost option.
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