The iPhone SE is an intriguing device for those who want an iPhone but don’t want a big screen. While it’s a tempting option, there are also some reasons to avoid picking the iPhone SE up right now.
If you aren’t enamored with Apple’s stable of big screen iPhones, a list that includes the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus, you plenty of options at your disposal.
You could go with the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5c, but we don’t recommend going that route for various reasons.
You could go with a cheap Android device if you aren’t married to the iPhone. There are a ton of excellent budget Android phones out there on the market right now.
You could also stay in-house and snag Apple’s iPhone SE, the company’s 4-inch iPhone from early 2016. Despite its age, the iPhone SE is still one of the top small screen phones on the market and should be on your short list if you can’t handle having a large-sized smartphone in your pocket.
Before you commit to the iPhone SE make sure you dig into this list of reasons to, and not to, buy Apple’s 4-inch iPhone.
While some of you might want to pick one up today, others will likely benefit from waiting a few more days or maybe even a few more weeks before buying one.
Wait for the iPhone SE 2
2019 came and went without a new 4-inch iPhone, but there's a good chance Apple releases an "iPhone SE 2" in 2020.
We saw a ton of iPhone SE 2 rumors emerge in 2018 and they hinted at several upgrades including a new design.
Rumors died down, but the phone exploded onto the scene in a big way in 2019 and it now looks like Apple's planning to launch a new budget iPhone model in 2020.
The iPhone SE 2/iPhone SE 2020/iPhone 9 won't have a 4-inch display (it'll probably feature 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays), but it should appeal to those looking for a cheap alternative to the big screen models.
Initially it looked like the device would launch alongside the company's new iPad Pros in late March, but that didn't pan out.
One source claims the iPhone SE 2 launch has pushed to the summer or fall though the same source says the device has entered mass production.
Most rumors now point to a launch in April and with evidence starting to point, we could see an announcement this week or next.
So if you're in the market for a new iPhone, and a low cost iPhone intrigues you, you might want to hang back and wait a few more days.
For more on the iPhone SE 2, take a look at our guide.
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