5 Reasons to Wait for the iPhone SE 2 & 8 Reasons Not To
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5 Reasons to Wait for the iPhone SE 2 & 8 Reasons Not To

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Apple is reportedly working on a new budget iPhone 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. 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 continues to perform at a high level after its move to Apple’s iOS 13 operating system.

The original iPhone SE is absolutely worth considering in 2020, but you’ll also want to take note of the iPhone SE 2 rumors that’ve emerged.

iPhone SE 2 Rumors

Japanese blog Mac Otakara, citing an “informed source,” claims the device will be called “iPhone 9.” Another source says it will be referred to as the iPhone SE (2020).

A report from Nikkei claims that Apple will launch its new low-cost iPhone in 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 analyst Ming- Chi 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.

According to Digitimes, the iPhone SE 2 has entered the final phase of production verification at an assembly plant located in Zhengzhou, China. This means the device should be on track for a launch in 2020.

According to YouTuber Jon Prosser, Apple is preparing to launch the “iPhone 9” on April 15th with a release coming a few days later on April 22nd.

Another source talking to 9to5Mac says the launch is imminent and analyst Jeff Pu, from Chinese research firm GF Securities, believes Apple will launch the new iPhone SE in mid-April as well.

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An 4.7-inch iPhone case has popped up at Best Buy. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a case for the unreleased phone, but it’s the first time we’ve seen it popup at a major retailer like Best Buy.

The phone has also popped up on Chinese retailer JD’s website as the “iPhone 9.” It’s a placeholder page and it doesn’t reveal any official details about the device.

The “iPhone 9” has also popped up on Verizon’s website. The reference was in a list of devices eligible for Verizon’s iPhone trade-in plan.

A listing for a Belkin screen protector on Apple’s website was recently updated showing compatibility with iPhone 8, iPhone 7, and “iPhone SE.” Again, the new iPhone SE will reportedly look a lot like the iPhone 8.

References to the budget iPhone have also appeared in Apple’s new iOS 13.4.5 beta, a sign that a launch might be getting closer.

These rumors, and Apple’s decision to stop 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 the iPhone SE 2, others might not want to wait for a rumored phone, particularly one that won’t look like the original iPhone SE.

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 wait for the iPhone SE 2 and a few reasons why you might want to start looking at other devices.

Wait A Little Bit Longer

Wait A Little Bit Longer

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. 

For reference, the original iPhone SE was announced on March 21st in 2016. Pre-orders started on March 24 ahead of a release on March 31st. Apple re-released the phone nearly a year later on March 24th, 2017 with larger storage options. 

Apple recently announced new hardware including new iPad Pros and a new MacBook Air. However, it didn't announce a new iPhone.

Everything is up in the air right now. That said, with specific dates emerging, cases arriving in retail stores, and references to a new iPhone appearing at Apple and Verizon, there's a very chance we see a launch sometime in April. 

With that in mind, some of you might want to hang around for a few more days to see if Apple launches the device. At this point, we'd expect an announcement via a press release on the company's website.

If you can't wait any longer, you might want to start looking into iPhone SE 2 alternatives.

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  2. Taj Wilson

    12/12/2017 at 9:13 pm

    Most predictable reasons ever. Replace iPhone SE with any unannounced phone… Same reasons.

    • Kenneth Chambers

      01/26/2019 at 7:23 am

      I still have and will keep until a new 4 inch phone comes out. My se is the perfect size. I’m a paving contractor. Most of my business is done on my phone in the field. A large phone is just unacceptable. I bought the new xs had it two days returned it and reactivated my se. I think it’s ridiculous that Apple has not given us a phone that we want instead of a bunch of bull shit that’s like carrying around a small laptop.
      Kenneth Chambers
      Chambers and Sons Paving Services
      48 years.

      • G. Rankin

        06/26/2019 at 8:36 am

        I upgraded my SE to the 128GB model, and that’ll probably be the last change I make until a similarly-sized SE2 shows up. I have a PC at home with a 22″ screen. I do NOT need (nor want) a huge screen in my pocket.

      • andy

        07/16/2019 at 5:40 pm

        I did the same and bought the xs. First thing I noticed was the weight difference. Owning my SE, I had not dropped it once, but dropped my xs 3 times in 3 weeks tho ok. Yes the xs camera is better but my se still takes great pics and battery life is awesome. I went back to my se and sold my xs. I would like to see an updated oled full screen se come out. I would buy.

    • Mickey Segal

      09/15/2019 at 10:06 am

      As someone featured in GottaBeMobile in 2008 on the subject of computers in pockets, I am very much holding out for a phone that is pocket sized. I’m currently sticking with the iPhone 5s and have not “upgraded” to a bigger phone that doesn’t fit in a pocket.

      As follow-up to the 2008 article “Mickey Segal: Where Is The Love For Tablet PCs?” I now use an iPad mini when I’m wearing a sport jacket, but when I’m not, I don’t want a phone so big that I can’t sit down with it in my pants pocket. I’m not going to wear cargo pants, carry a purse, or strap a phone to my arm or belt.

      Many of my medical colleagues feel the same way. Apple should stop treating people who want pocket-sized phones as cheapskates. We are willing to pay real money for a phone, but we are not willing to walk around all day holding it in our hand. We have more important things to do with our hands.

  3. Healing Enso

    05/31/2019 at 7:37 pm

    I keep using my Samsung Note 4, along with a fabulous MS Surface Pro. I don’t NEED a $1,000 smart phone. But I had to replace the battery on my Note 4 last year. I need a cheap replacement.

    If Apple doesn’t want me to know what they are planning, so be it. Someone else will. I’m too damned old for this stupid secrecy. Make a plan, commit to it and deliver on time, as announced. That’s what we do in the software business.

  4. Christine

    06/10/2019 at 12:50 pm

    I am sick and tired of phones which are the size and weight of a brick and yet easily scratch and break easily. Of course iphones are now made of glass; it’s a lot cheaper than aluminum or steel. I like my SE because it feels solid. In fact I have dropped it a dozen times on ceramic floor and yet looks as good as new.

  5. dwight looi

    08/06/2019 at 11:18 am

    It’s very simple. I HATE big phones. If Apple won’t make another small phone then I will not buy another Apple Phone. I am still using the SE and if it breaks and there is no SE 2 then I am done with iOS.

    I like iOS; I prefer it over Android. However, I like small phones way more than any specific OS. I’ll pay $3000 for a new, state of the art 4″ phone. I won’t use a big phone even if it is free and state of the art.

    • Mickey Segal

      09/15/2019 at 11:09 am

      The iPhone 5s is stuck at iOS 12. Does that get security updates for a while or does it become dangerous to use a 5S in coming days?

  6. NY

    09/11/2019 at 7:12 am

    No iPhone SE update in 2019 was a HUGE mistake Apple. I do not want a phone the size of a brick. I thought we left those days back in the 1980s. Apparently Apple wants to move backwards instead of forwards with new phones. I don’t want or need all the new upgrades which are apparently making Apple phones bigger and bigger.

    Pay attention Apple – Just give us a small phone or I will be going elsewhere!!

  7. Guy

    09/15/2019 at 6:12 pm

    I’m forecasting for a new iPhone SE 2 in the Spring of 2020. IMO if Apple wanted to really kill the SE series, no reason to keep supporting the iPhone SE for IOS 13.
    “unlike the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone 5s, the iPhone SE will get will get upgraded to Apple’s iOS 13 operating system later this year.”

  8. JM

    09/19/2019 at 9:03 am

    I love IP SE! I can wait for new one SE2

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