Apple might be 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/iPhone XE.
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 the best small screen iPhone 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. Unlike the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone 5s, the iPhone SE will get upgraded to iOS 13 later this year.
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 push 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, we haven’t heard anything from well-known sources like Kuo and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman so a release in 2019 is iffy at best.
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, especially one that isn’t firmly on Apple’s rumored 2019–2020 iPhone roadmaps.
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 at other devices.
Don't Wait If You Can't Wait Until September or 2020
Apple might be working on a new 4-inch iPhone, but it's unclear if it'll launch in 2019.
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 and March of 2018.
The iPhone SE 2 missed Apple's March window and WWDC 2019 in June which means the next potential launch date is in September alongside the other rumored 2019 iPhones.
The PC-Tablet report suggests that the device will arrive sometime later this year as the iPhone XE, but the information doesn't come from a known Apple insider.
Rumors have pointed to the arrival of a smaller iPhone in 2020.
A report from Chinese-language Economic Daily News states that Apple will release a new version of the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 in the early part of 2020.
The device will reportedly feature a 4.7-inch LCD display, A13 processor, single-lens rear camera, and 128GB of storage.
Hit-or-miss publication Digitimes claims Apple is working on three new 2020 iPhones that are smaller, and larger, than the current models.
According to their sources, Apple will launch three OLED iPhones next year with screen sizes measuring 5.42-inches, 6.06 inches and 6.67 inches.
Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis notes that a few suppliers mention the arrival of an iPhone SE 2 in early 2020, but that others don't have the same information.
Respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple's working on three new iPhone models for 2020 including a 5.4-inch with an OLED display. His latest note doesn't mention a new 4-inch model.
We love the iPhone SE and we know many people are still interested in picking up a small iPhone over Apple's current 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.
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