With a launch rumored for 2019, 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 a huge display. The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 are still around, but we don’t recommend buying either one of them in 2019.
Apple’s iPhone SE is still a solid device, but many people are hoping for an upgraded model in 2019. Apple’s spring event (the event Apple used to announce the original iPhone SE) came and went without an announcement, but all eyes are now on the summer and the fall.
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 here are a few things 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 newer iPhones.
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’s 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, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max.
We’re expecting the former, but we’re hoping for the latter.
We’ve been using Face ID since November, 2017 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 Apple’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.
We’ve fallen in love with the fast charging capabilities on newer iPhone models and we’d love to see Apple include something similar on the iPhone SE 2.
The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max 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 $350 price point.
The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, 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 12.4.2 for Better Security
If you're on the fence, this is one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.4.2.
If you value your device's security, you'll want to download iOS 12.4.2 in the near future because it brings an important security patch for your device. You can read about it right here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.1, you'll get its security patch with your update. You can read about that patch right here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4, you get its patches with your iOS 12.4.2 update.
iOS 12.4 brought 19 security patches to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on Apple's security site.
If you skipped iOS 12.3, your iOS 12.4.2 update carries iOS 12.3's security patches on board. The iOS 12.3 update brought 23 patches and you can read about all of them right here on Apple's site.
If you skipped iOS 12.2, you'll get its security patches with your version of iOS 12.4.2.
iOS 12.2 brought a whopping 41 security patches to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in March. You can read more about the iOS 12.2's patches over on the company's website.
It's important to note that Apple's iOS 12.2 update patched up an exploit that allowed websites to use motion sensors to "fingerprint" devices.
Fortunately, Apple's patched up the issue. If you skipped it, you'll probably want to move to iOS 12.4.2 soon.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.4, you get four important security patches including fixes for a widespread FaceTime eavesdropping bug that lets you call someone via FaceTime and hear the audio coming from their phone before they pick up the phone.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.3, you get some additional patches with your version of iOS 12.4.2. Again, they're baked into your upgrade.
Apple lists a grand total of 23 patches on board iOS 12.1.3 and you can read about all of them over on Apple's website.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.1, you'll want to install the iOS 12.4.2 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch today.
The iOS 12.1.1 update brought 17 patches for potential security exploits. They'll will help protect your phone. You can read about them here.
If you skipped iOS 12.1, you'll get the 24 patches from that update with your version of iOS 12.4.2. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.4.2 update brings two additional patches. Both patches are for potential lock screen exploits.
If you skipped iOS 12.0, and you're still running iOS 11.4.1 or below, your iOS 12.4.2 update comes with a longer list of security updates.
The iOS 12.0 update delivered 16 patches for security issues. You can read about all of them over on Apple's security page.
In addition to those patches, iOS 12 delivers new security features aimed at protecting you and the data you store on your device. These include:
Long story short, if you store sensitive data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you have some really good reasons to upgrade to iOS 12.4.2 today.
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