The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Professional and iPhone 11 Professional Max might have launched September 10, 2019, however Apple could not convey itself to place out an iPhone SE 2 to land alongside them.
The iPhone SE 2 is one in all tech’s ‘will it, will not it’ tales, as rumors have alternated between saying it undoubtedly does, then undoubtedly does not, exist, and at the moment the meter factors to it presumably being alive, however in all probability not touchdown till 2020. Following the iPhone 11’s launch occasion, that 2020 date appears extra probably than ever.
The iPhone SE 2 can be a ‘true’ finances different to the high-end iPhones, extra so than the iPhone XR was, with downgraded specs from other devices but with a much lower price tag too.
But perhaps we’re just going to have to come to terms with the fact it’s just not going to happen – or at least not for a while.
That said, there are some hints that a new SE model could be on the way, as you’ll see below.
Latest rumor: Multiple sources now suggest the iPhone SE 2 will have an iPhone 8-like design, one rear camera, and a 4.7-inch LCD screen.
iPhone SE 2 release date
Cut to the chase
What is it? Apple’s possible next compact smartphone
When is it out? 2020 at the earliest
How much will it cost? The latest rumor suggests $399 (£310, AU$590)
The iPhone SE 2, if it ever launches, has current rumors pointing to either a launch in the first quarter of 2020, or a more vague early 2020 unveiling.
While we would take this with a pinch of salt for now, not least because we haven’t heard much about an iPhone SE 2 recently, it would make sense for Apple to launch one in the first half of 2020.
Apple has been losing market share recently and that’s likely in part because of the prohibitively high price of most of its phones. By launching an iPhone SE 2 the company would give buyers a more affordable option, and by launching it around six months after the iPhone 11 range it should arrive just as sales are starting to slow.
iPhone SE 2 price
In terms of pricing, if we do see an iPhone SE 2 launch, it will likely remain Apple’s most affordable iPhone.
The first iPhone SE 2 price rumor pointed to roughly $450 (which will likely translate to £450, AU$700 given how Apple prices its products worldwide), which seems believable.
However a more recent iPhone SE 2 price leak suggests it’ll be more affordable than that, at $399 (probably £399, AU$600 given Apple pricing conventions). That’s from a noted Apple Analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, which lends credence to the rumor. He also recently reiterated the claim, suggesting that nothing has changed.
The original iPhone SE launched at $399 (£379, AU$679) for the 16GB variant. We’d expect the iPhone SE 2 to cost at least as much, and a price rise is likely, but it should still be cheap relative to the rest of Apple’s range, undercutting even the $799 / £799 / AU$1299 iPhone 11.
iPhone SE 2 design
In terms of how the new iPhone is going to look, well – we’ve got three theories rolling around, and are are possible.
The latest leaks point to probably the most likely option, which is that the iPhone SE 2 will look a lot like the iPhone 8, complete with a 4.7-inch LCD screen and one rear camera. It’s a claim we’ve heard multiple times, however there aren’t any images of this design just yet.
Another theory is that the new smaller iPhone will have an iPhone X-like screen, complete with notch at the top:
…but that was before Apple’s 2018 phones were announced, and with the iPhone XR taking that style for its own, it appears that the rumor mill has crossed its wires and been sharing information on the now-real handset, as opposed to the still-theoretical SE 2.
The rear of the phone was said to pack the same dual cameras as the iPhone X, with a video of a purportedly leaked of the new iPhone SE 2. We’ll leave it here for your pleasure, but the above notes mean its validity is now truly called into question:
BGR was additionally despatched some sketches of the telephone on this configuration from a ‘dependable supply’, so it is received some grains of reality in there, with the notch on the high, no dwelling button and no headphone port (the latter a daily rumor).
A brand new display screen protector has additionally been proven off by common leaker Sonny Dickson, which additionally exhibits off a notch on the high for a smaller telephone.
There’s one thing sketchy right here although. On this kind, the iPhone SE 2 is extra of an ‘iPhone X Mini’.
Twin cameras and the brand new display screen would imply it will price much more, which is towards the purpose of the iPhone SE vary, for those that need a smaller, cheaper iPhone. All of it provides as much as the rumors being sourced on the iPhone XR improvement middle.
That stated, we would not utterly rule out Apple following its present design type for an iPhone SE 2, particularly as this is able to permit it to suit a bigger display screen in a smaller physique, attributable to lack of bezels.
We even have the picture beneath, which exhibits a design so much like the unique iPhone SE and with the headphone port intact. May this be nearer to any perhaps-planned iPhone SE 2 design?
It is a design that one other leak appears to echo, including that the iPhone SE 2 may have a glass again and help wi-fi charging, so with three distinct designs doing the rounds we’re undecided what’s correct at this level.
Regardless of the design, we do have some thought of the colours although, with Ming-Chi Kuo (a revered Apple analyst) saying to count on Silver, Pink and Area Gray shades.
Extra iPhone SE 2 rumors, information and leaks
The newest report suggests the iPhone SE 2 may have a 4.7-inch LCD display screen. However aside from that it’s going to apparently use most of the identical elements because the iPhone 11 vary. So by the sounds of issues you’ll be able to count on flagship energy in a smaller measurement and at a cheaper price.
That is a declare that we have now heard twice, with revered Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo saying to count on an A13 chipset (the identical because the iPhone 11 vary), 64GB of storage and 3GB of RAM, however an iPhone 8-like design, which means in all probability a 4.7-inch display screen. Kuo has since reiterated these claims.
In considerably conflicting however a lot older (and subsequently much less more likely to be correct) information, we have heard that the iPhone SE 2 may have a quad-core A10 chipset, 2GB of RAM, a 12MP rear digital camera, a 5MP front-facing one, a 4-inch display screen and that it may are available in 32GB and 128GB sizes.
That may be an improve in some areas from the iPhone SE, however not a lot of 1, placing it roughly in step with the iPhone 7, albeit with a smaller display screen.
What’s most complicated concerning the new telephone is that this: how would you get into it? Face ID has been rumored to not be out there, as a way to lower your expenses… so if the all-screen model is to be believed, how would you open the telephone?
With that in thoughts, the extra conventional, static design with the fingerprint scanner appears to have extra weight… so let’s examine what seems.
iPhone SE 2: what we wish to see
We’ve provide you with a want record, crammed with options that we wish to see within the new iPhone SE 2.
A few of them are pleas to Apple to not take away key specs, whereas others dare the corporate to attempt one thing new.
A headphone jack
First issues first: the iPhone SE has a headphone jack and we would very very similar to it if Apple stored issues in place for the iPhone SE 2.
If Apple does not mess with the design of the following iteration, there’s little cause to see it eliminated. Nevertheless, rumors level to a brand new look, so fingers are crossed that the three.5mm headphone jack does not get left on the slicing room ground.
A greater battery
From a worth perspective, the iPhone SE is excessive on the charts in case you’re in search of a telephone that can final you thru the day. As we found in our in-depth battery take a look at, the SE swept the ground of the opposite in style iPhone fashions of the time, just like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6.
Its prowess at saving energy is sensible. The display screen is smaller and its boxy design doesn’t power Apple to slim down on the battery in the best way that it would for a slimmer, sleeker chassis used with its core iPhone merchandise.
Whereas we’re quick on complaints concerning the SE’s battery efficiency, it will probably solely get higher, proper? We might wish to see Apple pushing some boundaries with its subsequent telephone with numbers that take it even larger.
One of many extra spectacular issues concerning the SE is that it suits in an identical set of specs discovered within the iPhone 6S. A punchy palm-sized smartphone that might deal with the whole lot that its fancier iPhone brethren may for a extra digestible worth.
That is 2016 energy although, and in 2020 we’re hoping Apple offers the iPhone SE 2 the most recent chipset and a bump in RAM.
A refreshed design
There is no arguing that reviving the iPhone 5 design to be used with the iPhone SE was a good suggestion. In any case, it is a successful design, first debuted on the iPhone 4, that set Apple far forward of its competitors by way of construct high quality.
Nevertheless, there comes a time when even the most effective design concepts should be left to the aspect. And when trying towards the discharge of the iPhone SE 2, that point is now.
We might like to see one thing drastically completely different, all whereas sticking to the ergonomic four-inch measurement that SE followers are accustomed to.
In fact, if the design adjustments in any respect it would in all probability now take the type of a shrunk-down iPhone XR, however that is not essentially a nasty factor.
That is proper, we wish Apple to offer the iPhone SE 2 an opportunity. There’s nonetheless a market on the market for individuals who need an iPhone that sits comfortably within the palm, can be utilized one-handed with out inducing a drop threat, and does not take up each sq. inch of a pocket.
The iPhone SE kind issue is liked by its followers, and whereas the iPhone SE 2 will not be a best-seller for Apple it would present that the Cupertino agency is listening to a few of its most loyal followers.