Apple is reportedly working on a sequel to the popular 4-inch 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.
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. The iPhone SE is still the best small screen iPhone available as we push into 2018 and closer to the release of Apple’s next batch of iPhones.
The iPhone SE’s hardware is holding up and the device’s software continues to perform at a high level. The device got 50+ new emoji characters thanks to iOS 11.1, Apple Pay Cash thanks to iOS 11.2, and Messages in iCloud thanks to Apple’s iOS 11.4 update. The iPhone SE will also get Apple’s upcoming iOS 12 update, set for release this fall alongside new iPhones.
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. 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.
Since then, we’ve seen several other iPhone SE 2 rumors emerge, none of which panned out:
- Taiwanese market research firm TrendForce backed up these claims with a report stating that Apple was indeed working on a new iPhone SE for the first half of the year.
- Another rumor, from tekz24.com, claimed the iPhone SE 2 design would borrow elements from the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X.
- A more recent rumor, from the hit-or-miss Digitimes, suggests the same.
- A sketchy rumor from Chinese news site QQ claimed Apple would launch the iPhone SE 2 at WWDC 2018 with a classic design and larger screen.
Earlier this year French website Consomac discovered new filings in the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) database. The filings reveal unreleased iPhones and some believe they could be related to a new iPhone SE.
The same website discovered similar filings for a new iPad ahead of Apple’s March event in Chicago and the company went on to confirm an update to its 9.7-inch iPad.
UK retailer Mobile Fun’s also directed us to possible iPhone SE 2 renders from case maker Olixar. Additional images from Olixar showcase the back of the supposed iPhone SE 2 which includes 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 casts doubt on many of these iPhone SE 2 rumors.
Kuo, who has accurately predicted many iPhone cycles in the past, claims Apple doesn’t have enough “development resources” to get a new iPhone SE out this year.
Taiwan’s Economic Daily News agrees with Kuo andclaims Apple won’t release any new iPhones in the first half of 2018. And this obviously puts those of you interested in buying a souped up version of the iPhone SE in a difficult position.
While some of you might want to hang around and wait for the rumored iPhone SE 2, others might not want to wait for a rumored phone, especially one that isn’t currently on Kuo’s 2018 roadmap.
Remember, there are several excellent iPhone SE 2 alternatives on the market right now. There are also some great deals on Apple’s current crop of iPhones.
If you’re currently on the fence, here are some reasons why you should soldier on and a few reasons why you might want to start looking elsewhere.
Don't Wait If You Can't Wait Until September or Later
Apple might be working on a new 4-inch iPhone, but there's no guarantee it will arrive in 2018 like rumors suggest.
Unlike the flagship iPhone models, there's no definitive release cycle for the iPhone SE. The first edition landed in March of 2016, but the company skipped a release in March of 2017. The company also skipped a release in March 2018.
The iPhone SE 2 missed the company's spring event in Chicago and it also missed the next window at WWDC 2018. This means the next potential launch date is in September at the company's annual fall event and at this point, there's no guarantee that happens.
If Apple has indeed used up its "development resources" as analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests, "Apple is unlikely to have enough spare resources to develop a new iPhone model for launch in 2Q18." In other words, there's a chance 2018 comes and goes without a new iPhone SE.
We love the iPhone SE and we know many people are still interested in picking up a 4-inch iPhone over Apple's current, and upcoming, iPhone models. That said, if you don't have the patience to sit through an unpredictable rumor mill and an unpredictable launch, it might be best to look into alternatives.