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 out.
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 in mid-September.
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.
- French website Consomac discovered new filings in the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) database. The filings reveal unreleased iPhones, but it appears they had nothing to do with a new iPhone SE model.
Earlier this year 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 has accurately predicted many iPhone cycles in the past, claimed that Apple didn’t have enough “development resources” to get a new iPhone SE out this year.Taiwan’s Economic Daily News agreed with Kuo.
The two reports were right on the mark because Apple’s iPhone media event centered around the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and a cheap iPhone Xr. It failed to produce a new iPhone SE.
This, and Apple’s decision to stop selling the iPhone SE, 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 a iPhone SE 2, others might not want to wait for a rumored phone, especially one that isn’t currently on Apple’s rumored 2019 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 at other devices.
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