Apple is reportedly working on a sequel to the popular 4-inch iPhone SE and today we want to walk you through some reasons to wait, and a few reasons to stop waiting for the rumored iPhone SE 2 release.
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 hard look at Apple’s 4-inch iPhone SE.
The iPhone SE’s iOS 11 update is solid and it recently got 50+ new emoji characters thanks to iOS 11.1 and Apple Pay Cash thanks to iOS 11.2. It also stands to benefit from Apple’s upcoming iOS 11.3 update.
Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus feature 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays and the company’s flagship iPhone X come with a 5.85-inch display.
Nothing is confirmed, but there’s a chance Apple will continue to offer an 4-inch alternative to those that aren’t in love with the iPhone’s current size.
It probably won’t happen in February, but rumors point to an iPhone SE launch in 2018.
The first credible iPhone SE 2 rumor from Focus Taiwan emerged in early August. The site claimed that Apple supplier Wistron is preparing to expand its iPhone manufacturing in an effort to get a new iPhone SE model out in 2018.
According to the publication’s sources, Wistron is expected to start shipping the new iPhone SE sometime in the first quarter of 2018. The timing isn’t confirmed, but Apple typically hosts a spring launch event in March.
A second iPhone SE 2 release date rumor from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News arrived in late November. According to the publication’s sources, Apple is planning to release a new iPhone SE in the first half of 2018 and that it will assembled by Wistron at its factory in Bengaluru, India.
Since then, we’ve seen several other iPhone SE 2 rumors emerge:
- Taiwanese market research firm TrendForce backed up these claims with a report stating that Apple is indeed working on a new iPhone SE for the first half of the year.
- Another rumor, from tekz24.com, claims the iPhone SE 2 design will 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.
- Digitimes also believes Apple will release a new iPhone model in March.
Unfortunately, the latest research note from well-respected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo casts doubt on these iPhone SE 2 rumors
Kuo, who has accurately predicted many iPhone cycles in the past, claims Apple doesn’t have enough “development resources” to get a new iPhone SE out this year.
Nothing is confirmed, but some of you might want to think about waiting for the rumored iPhone SE 2 launch. It probably won’t happen in February, but it could happen next month if supply chain rumors are accurate.
That said, some of you might not want to wait for a rumored phone, especially for one that isn’t on Kuo’s 2018 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.
Wait If You Want the Best Software Support
If you plan on keeping your next iPhone for a long time you might want to think about waiting for the next version of the iPhone SE.
If you're the kind of person that typically waits three, four, five years to upgrade your phone, the rumored iPhone SE 2 has appeal.
Apple probably won't advertise it as one of the key features, but the device will almost certainly get at least four years of software support.
Software support includes major OS upgrades with new features and it also means a constant stream of bug fixes and important security patches.
While it might be tempting to go with another 4-inch model like the current iPhone SE, iPhone 5s, or even the iPhone 5, their software support will be coming to an end much sooner. Again, the iPhone 5 won't get iOS 11 and the iPhone 5s probably won't get iOS 12.
The iPhone SE 2's hardware will also ensure that the device gets robust versions of iOS 11 and iOS 12. iOS updates for older phones are often limited because of hardware limitations.
If you plan on keeping your next phone for several years and you love getting the latest features, fixes, and patches, think about waiting.
The iPhone SE 2 probably won't emerge from hiding in February, but there's a chance it'll follow in the original iPhone SE's footsteps and emerge at Apple's annual spring event.