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

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Don't Wait for a 4-Inch Display

Don't Wait for a 4-Inch Display

The iPhone SE's 4-inch display is a huge selling point, but it looks like the iPhone SE 2 will come with a much larger screen. 

Multiple reports, including the one from Nikkei and the one from Bloomberg, suggest that the next-gen iPhone SE will come with a 4.7-inch display mirroring the iPhone 8's size

This is much smaller than the displays found on the iPhone 11 and 2018 iPhones, but it's much larger than the 4-inch display some people have been hoping for. 

iOS 14 code also points to the existence of a larger iPhone SE 2 Plus. The larger model will likely have a 5.5-inch display like the iPhone 8 Plus. 

If this bursts your bubble, it's time to start looking elsewhere. 

As for the screen technology, Ming-Chi Kuo and a variety of other sources state that Apple will use LCD displays on the iPhone SE 2. 

LCD displays aren't horrible, but Apple's OLED panels certainly have some advantages including vivid colors and better contrast. 

In particular, whites are brighter and blacks are darker which means images on the screen are sharper than they are on LCD screens. 

This might not be a deal-breaker for a lot of you, but if you really want an OLED display on your next iPhone, it looks like you'll have to go with an iPhone X, iPhone XS, or iPhone 11 Pro. 

13 Comments

13 Comments

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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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