With a potential launch getting closer we want to highlight a few features we want from Apple’s oft-rumored iPhone SE 2.
The iPhone SE 2 rumor mill has been churning for quite some time now, but we’re still without a successor to the company’s popular 4-inch flagship from 2016.
The original iPhone SE is still an excellent budget option and the only serious iPhone option for those that don’t want to wield a huge display. The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 are still around, but we don’t recommend buying either one of them in 2018.
Apple’s iPhone SE is still a solid device, but many people are hoping for an upgraded model in 2018. Apple’s spring event (the event Apple used to spawn the original) came and went without an announcement, but all eyes are now on the month of May and the company’s WWDC 2018 event in June.
Some iPhone SE 2 rumors claim the next-gen device will include a new design and Face ID. Other iPhone SE 2 rumors portray it as a more modest upgrade with an affordable price point.
We don’t have a confirmed iPhone SE 2 spec sheet to share with you, but we can tell you what we’d like to see on board the iPhone SE 2 if and when it arrives.
Lots of Storage
If you go to buy the iPhone SE today you’ve got two storage options to choose from: A 32GB model or a larger 128GB model. That’s enough for some people, but we’d love to see the iPhone SE fall in line with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.
If Apple can manage it, we’d be delighted to see a 256GB iPhone SE 2 option offered at launch with the base moving up to 64GB of internal storage.
256GB of internal storage space is plenty of space, even for people that like to go wild shooting 4K photos and videos.
4-inch True Tone Display
One of our favorite features from newer iPhone models is the True Tone display. The technology made its debut way back in 2016 on the company’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
If you’re unfamiliar with the tech, devices utilizing True Tone technology automatically adjust the screen’s color temperature to match up with the ambient light from the environment. It reduces eye strain, makes images appear more natural, and can help make content easier to view in direct sunlight.
The original iPhone SE’s 4-inch display doesn’t come with a True Tone display so we’d love to see Apple tack this upgrade onto a small screen model.
iPhone SE 2 rumors have gone back and forth about biometrics. Some claim the company will stick with a home button and Touch ID while others suggest the phone will come with the Face ID feature found on the iPhone X. We’re expecting the former, but we’re hoping for the latter.
We’ve been using Face ID on the iPhone X since November and it’s one of the flagship phones best features. Face ID is accurate and it’s fast and its caused us to forget all about Touch ID and the iPhone’s physical home button.
If the iPhone SE 2 comes with Face ID it’ll need the iPhone X’s fancy, and expensive, TrueDepth camera system. Not that we’d complain.
The current iPhone SE model comes with a 1.2MP camera and an upgrade to TrueDepth system would mean an upgrade to a 7MP camera.
Newer iPhone models come with stereo speakers that make watching content and playing games without nice headphones bearable. We’d love to see Apple put big sound into a small package.
iPhone SE 2 rumors suggest that Apple might put an A10 chip inside. The A10 Fusion chip made its debut alongside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus back in 2016. Our gut is that this will be the chip inside the iPhone SE 2, but we’re hoping for a miracle.
We’d love to see Apple go all out and include the A11 chip from the iPhone X and iPhone 8 inside the iPhone SE 2. Both should provide excellent battery life and performance, but the A11 would give the iPhone SE 2 a little more firepower.
We’ve fallen in love with the fast charging capabilities of the iPhone X and iPhone 8 and we’d love to see Apple include something similar on the iPhone SE 2.
The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X are all capable of fast charging which means a 0-50% charge in under 30 minutes while you drive to work or watch paint dry.
You do need to buy a special cable to fast charge an iPhone, but it’s worth the extra cash in the long run.
Affordable Price Point
We realize that packing high-end features from the iPhone X into a 4-inch iPhone would require some incredible engineering. It would also force an increase to the iPhone SE price.
In a perfect world we’d love to see all of these features on board the iPhone SE 2, but if Apple wants to keep the price down that’s probably not going to happen.
We’d love to see Apple include fast charging, a new processor, improved speakers, and some camera upgrades in a package that sits in and around the iPhone SE’s current $350 price point.
Bonus: Wireless Charging
The iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus are the first iPhones to offer wireless charging capabilities and we’d like to see this extended to the four inch iPhone model.
Install iOS 11.3.1 for Better Security
Apple's iOS 11.3.1 update comes with four known security patches for all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models capable of running iOS 11.
If you skipped iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.3.1 update comes with 27 additional patches for potential exploits. Those of you lingering on iOS 11.2.6 would be wise to make the move sooner rather than later.
If you missed iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.3.1 update also includes a new privacy feature. When an Apple feature wants to use your personal information, an icon now appears with a link to access detailed information about how your data will be used and protected.
If you're running iOS 11.2.5 or older, you're exposed to an issue that lets people send a specific character that will crash an iOS-powered device and block access to the Messages app. It can also block apps like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Outlook, and WhatsApp.
The iOS 11.2.6 update's main purpose was to patch up this issue. If you skipped iOS 11.2.6, you'll get these enhancements with iOS 11.3.1.
If you're running iOS 11.2.2 or below and receive a certain GitHub link through your Messages app, your iPhone or iPad can lockup or respring. The Messages app will also become unusable.
If you're on iOS 11.2.1, your iOS 11.3.1 update includes security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre. If you're running an older version of iOS, your iOS 11.3.1 update will come with a lot more.
Apple's iOS 11.2 update fixed several problems, but it also brought problems of its own including a potentially nasty zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability.
The vulnerability, discovered by Tian Zhang, allowed for unauthorized control of HomeKit accessories including garage door openers and smart locks.
Apple quickly rolled out a server-side fix, but the company restored full functionality with the release of iOS 11.2.1. If you skipped iOS 11.2.1 and use HomeKit, you should download iOS 11.3.
If you skipped iOS 11.2, you'll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.3.1 update. Apple's iOS 11.2 update delivered 11 patches including one for Mail and one for Wi-Fi.
The iOS 11.2 and iOS 11.2.1 updates also patched up a widespread security issue called "Meltdown." Apple says its analysis suggests it "has the most potential to be exploited."
Meltdown affects all iOS 11 powered devices so we highly recommend downloading iOS 11.3.1 if you skipped iOS 11.2.
If you skipped iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1, and iOS 11.1, you'll get additional patches with your iOS 11.3.1 update.
The iOS 11.1 update delivered eight security patches including a fix for a serious Wi-Fi vulnerability called KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack. KRACK is an exploit that targets the common WPA2 encryption protocol.
If you're just now making to move from iOS 10 (or whatever you're on) to iOS 11, your iOS 11.3.1 update will come with even more security features.
In iOS 11 you can't establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You'll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust.
If you skipped older versions of iOS, your iOS 11.3.1 update will come with an even longer list of security patches.
Apple's iOS 10.3.3 update delivered 24 security patches addressing potential issues with Contacts, Messages, Notifications, and Safari. It also included a patch for a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit called "Broadpwn."
If you skipped iOS 10.3.2 you'll get 23 additional patches with iOS 11.3.1. And if for some reason you missed iOS 10.3, you'll get 60 security patches with your iOS 11.3.1 update.
If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to iOS 11 and iOS 11.3.1 soon.
This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.