Apple might be working on a sequel to its popular iPhone SE and today we want to walk you through some reasons why you should, and shouldn’t, wait for the rumored iPhone SE 2, also known as iPhone 8s and iPhone 9.
If you’re in the market for a new iPhone, but don’t want one with a huge display, you’ll want to take a long look at Apple’s 4-inch iPhone SE. It’s a few years old now, but the iPhone SE is still one of the best small phones on the market.
The iPhone SE’s hardware is holding up and the device’s software continues to perform at a high level after its move to Apple’s iOS 12 update. And unlike the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone 5s, the iPhone SE got upgraded to Apple’s iOS 13 operating system.
The iPhone SE is absolutely worth considering in 2019, but you’ll also want to take note of the iPhone SE 2 rumors that’ve emerged.
iPhone SE 2 Rumors
The first iPhone SE 2 rumor from Focus Taiwan emerged in August, 2017. The site claimed Apple supplier Wistron was preparing to expand its iPhone manufacturing in an effort to get a new iPhone SE model out in 2018.
A second iPhone SE 2 release date rumor from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News emerged in late November, 2017. According to the publication’s sources, Apple was planning to release a new iPhone SE in the first half of 2018 and it would be assembled by Wistron at its factory in Bengaluru, India.
In 2018 UK retailer Mobile Fun’s directed us to possible iPhone SE 2 renders from case maker Olixar. Additional images from Olixar showcased the back of the supposed iPhone SE 2 which included an improved design with a glass back like the iPhone X and iPhone 8.
Unfortunately, a research note from well-respected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo cast doubt on many of these iPhone SE 2 rumors.
Kuo, who accurately predicted many of Apple’s iPhone cycles, claimed Apple didn’t have enough “development resources” to get a new iPhone SE out in 2018. Taiwan’s Economic Daily News agreed with Kuo.
As we’ve pushed deeper into 2019 we’ve heard more about the rumored iPhone SE 2.
A report from Tech Garage claims to show images of the unreleased device. A separate report from PC-Tablet.com states that Apple’s working on a new iPhone SE for 2019 and that it will launch as the iPhone XE.
Unfortunately, the device missed Apple’s iPhone 11 launch event in September which means we probably won’t see a successor announced this year.
A report from Nikkei backs up these claims and states that Apple will indeed launch a new low-cost iPhone in the spring of 2020. The device is reportedly being “viewed as the latest generation of the iPhone SE.”
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Debby Wu report that Apple is working on a cheaper iPhone model for 2020 and Kuo has also released a report stating that Apple is indeed working on an “iPhone SE 2.” The new device will reportedly look like the iPhone 8, but come with updated internals. This is where the name “iPhone 8s” comes from.
A more recent report from Kuo states that he expects that combined iPhone shipments in the first quarter of 2020 “will grow around 10%” thanks to the demand for the iPhone 11 and iPhone SE 2. In another note, Kuo once again states that an iPhone SE 2 will launch in 1Q 2020. Another note references a broader 1H 2020 launch.
Kuo believes the company will ship at least 20 million (and perhaps as many as 30 million) iPhone SE 2 models after it launches in the first half of next year.
Korean site The Elec reports that LG is currently in talks to supply the LCD displays for the device. The site claims the device will launch sometime in early 2020 which lines up with all of the other rumors we’ve seen thus far.
These rumors, and Apple’s decision to stop regularly selling the iPhone SE, puts those of you interested in buying a new version of the iPhone SE in a difficult position.
While some of you might want to hang around and wait for a iPhone SE 2, others might not want to wait for a rumored phone.
If you’re currently on the fence, here are some reasons why you should soldier on wait for the iPhone SE 2 and a few reasons why you might want to start looking at other devices.
Wait If You Want the Best Software Support
If you plan on keeping your next iPhone for a long time you might want to think about waiting for the next version of the iPhone SE.
If you're the kind of person that typically waits three, four, five years to upgrade your phone, the rumored iPhone SE 2 has a lot of appeal.
Apple probably won't advertise it as one of the key features, but the device will almost certainly get at least four years of software support.
Software support includes major OS upgrades with new features and it also means a constant stream of bug fixes and important security patches.
While it might be tempting to go with another 4-inch model like the current iPhone SE, its software support will come to an end much sooner. The iPhone SE got Apple's iOS 13 update, but we'd be surprised if it got iOS 14 next year.
The iPhone SE 2's hardware will also ensure the device gets a robust version of iOS. iOS updates for older phones are limited because of hardware limitations.
If you plan on keeping your next phone for several years and you love getting the latest features, fixes, and patches, think about waiting.
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