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. It’s several years old, 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.
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 has accurately predicted many iPhone cycles in the past, 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 into 2019 we haven’t heard much about an iPhone SE save for a report from Tech Garage who claims to have images of the unreleased device.
This, 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 currently isn’t 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.
Don't Wait If You Can't Wait
Apple might be working on a new 4-inch iPhone, but there's a very good chance we won't see it in early 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.
This means the next potential launch date is in March, 2019 at the company's annual spring event. And at this point, that doesn't look like it's going to happen.
Apple is hosting a launch event on March 25th and it looks like it'll be focused on services rather than hardware.
There's a chance we get new AirPods and new iPads, but we haven't heard anything about a surprise iPhone SE 2 launch. That's a big deal because we almost always see rumors hint at impending product releases.
We love the iPhone SE and we know many people are still interested in picking up a 4-inch 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.
Apple has essentially discontinued the iPhone SE so there's no telling how long brand new models will remain on shelves.
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