Update: WWDC 2019, Apple& apos; s yearly festivity of its hardware and software, is drawing near, and with it comes a chance of hearing about Apple& apos; s new affordable iPhone.
That& apos; s not to say we definitely will hear about the device – far from it, and we& apos; re not maintaining our breath. We were hoping to see the iPhone SE 2 at last year& apos; s WWDC, but not only was it not present, Apple likewise didn& apos; t prove its iPad Pro range, so we could see Apple start to pull mobile hardware from the show.
Saying that, it& apos; s still possible that Apple would launch its affordable iPhone now if it wants to avoid taking the spotlight from the new iPhone 11 later in the year, so never say never.
The iPhone SE 2 is one of the tech world& apos; s great& apos; will it, won& apos; t it& apos; saga. Rumored to be on, then off, then on and then off again, there& apos; s now plenty to suggest that the iPhone SE cable is dead altogether now.
We& apos; re not certain, but during the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR divulge, Apple drew all mention of the iPhone SE from its internet site, suggesting that( with the XR now inhabiting its& apos; affordable& apos; slot ), we& apos; ll never check a brand-new SE in Apple stores ever again.
Instead, what we& apos; ll probably get is an iPhone XR 2 – a phone with a budget( by Apple standards) rate, but a much bigger screen than the iPhone SE. In other words, we might just have to accept that the days of premium compact phones are over.
We& apos; ll still continue to monitor iPhone SE 2 divulges, as we have for years, in cases where the rumor mill continues to churn out tiny nuggets of hope. For the time being however, take all the dainties of info below now with a huge pinch of salt.
We didn& apos; t get the brand-new iPhone SE 2 at WWDC 2018, despite rumors hinting it may turn up there, and nothing at the 2018 iPhone event, either.
However, 11 variants of an Apple device did cross the Eurasian Economic Commission database. Apple& apos; s Eurasian filings have outed important products before, including the AirPods, and it generally portends new gadgets one to two months ahead of time.
Another rumor added that the iPhone SE 2 was likely to enter mass production in the first quarter of 2018, which was in the right time frame for a September arrival.
But here “were just” 2019 and the phone hasn& apos; t launched. We& apos; ve likewise not heard anything since on production, so there& apos; s no clear indication if the iPhone SE 2 production process ever get off the floor.
Meanwhile, prominent industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo didn& apos; t believe Apple had the capabilities required to make an iPhone SE 2 in 2018.
At the time Kuo said, “with three new examples in the pipeline for the second half of 2018, we believe Apple may have used up its development resources.”
It doesn& apos; t sound like he& apos; s ruling out an iPhone SE 2 in future, but for now there& apos; s no immediate sign of one. We will nonetheless likely get an iPhone XR 2, which is more likely to land in September 2019, approximately a year after the first model.
iPhone SE 2 cost
In words of pricing, if we do envision an iPhone SE 2 launching, it will probably remain Apple& apos; s most affordable iPhone.
The only iPhone SE 2 cost rumor so far points to roughly $450( which will likely carry to PS450, AU $700 given how Apple rates its products worldwide ), which seems believable.
The original iPhone SE launched at $399( PS379, AU $679) for the 16 GB variant. We& apos ;d anticipate 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& apos; s range, undercutting even the $749/ PS749/ AU $1229 iPhone XR.
The iPhone SE 2 could boast a brand new look
iPhone SE 2 or iPhone XR 2?
We& apos; ll get at iPhone SE 2 rumors below, but first, it& apos; s worth taking a closer look at the phone we& apos; re more likely to see – the iPhone XR 2.
We wouldn& apos; t gues Apple will pass two budget telephone ranges at once, so now that the iPhone XR is here we suppose an iPhone XR 2 is far more likely than an iPhone SE 2.
And while these both slot in at the lower end of Apple& apos; s range, they& apos; re quite different. The iPhone SE has a 4-inch screen and an older fashioned kind ingredient, complete with a home button and large bezels.
The iPhone XR on the other hand has a big 6.1 -inch screen, slim bezels, a notch , no home button and a generally curvier, more modern design. It& apos; s likewise more colorful.
Of those things the main feature that devotees of the iPhone SE are unlikely to be happy about is the big screen. There isn& apos; t much in accordance with the rules of iPhone XR 2 rumors yet, but we wouldn& apos; t expect the screen to get much if any smaller, so it& apos; s not going to please devotees of compact phones.
iPhone SE 2 designing
In terms to seeing how the brand-new iPhone is going to look, well – we& apos; ve got two hypothesis rolling around, and both are possible.
The most popular theory is that the new smaller iPhone will have an iPhone X-like screen, complete with notch at the top 😛 TAGEND
If the iPhone SE 2 does exist, this is how it may look
…but that was before Apple& apos; s 2018 telephones were announced, and with the iPhone XR take that mode for its own, it is considered that the rumor mill has crossed its wires and been sharing information on the now-real handset, as opposes this 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 divulged of the new iPhone SE 2. We& apos; ll leave it here for your pleasure, but the above tones mean its cogency is now genuinely is questioning 😛 TAGEND
BGR was also send some sketches of the phone in this configuration from a& apos; reliable source& apos ;, it is therefore& apos; s got some grains of truth in there, with the notch at the top , no residence button and no headphone port( the latter a regular rumor ).
A new screen protector has also been shown off by regular leaker Sonny Dickson, which also depicts off a notch at the top for a smaller phone.
A screen protector apparently for the iPhone SE 2( left) and iPhone X( privilege ).( credit: Sonny Dickson)
There& apos; s something sketchy here though. In this form, the iPhone SE 2 is more of an& apos; iPhone X Mini& apos ;.
Dual cameras and the new screen would entail it would cost a lot more, which is against the point of the iPhone SE scope, for people that want a smaller, cheaper iPhone. It all adds up to the rumors being sourced at the iPhone XR progress center.
That said, we wouldn& apos; t totally rule out Apple following its current intend style for an iPhone SE 2, especially as this would allow it to fit a larger screen in a smaller body, due to lack of bezels.
We likewise have the image below, which depicts a intend a lot like the original iPhone SE and with the headphone port intact. Could this be closer to any perhaps-planned iPhone SE 2 intend?
This looks a lot like the original iPhone SE.( credit: Weibo)
It& apos; s a design that another leak seems to echo, adding that the iPhone SE 2 will have a glass back and aid wireless accusing, so with two distinct layouts doing the rounds we& apos; re not sure what& apos; s accurate at this point.
That& apos; s if any are. Again though, the chances of us discovering an iPhone SE 2 at all at this level are looking rather low.
More iPhone SE 2 rumors, report and leakages
In other report, we& apos; ve see that the iPhone SE 2 could have a quad-core A1 0 chipset, 2GB of RAM, a 12 MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facing one, a 4-inch screen and that it could come in 32 GB and 128 GB sizes.
That would be an upgrade in some areas from the iPhone SE, but not much of one, putting it roughly in line with the iPhone 7, albeit with a smaller screen.
What& apos; s most embarrassing about the brand-new phone is this: how would you get into it? Face ID has been rumored to not be available, in order to save money … so if the all-screen version is to be belief, how would you open the phone?
With that in brain, the more traditional, static design with the fingerprint scanner seems to have more weight … so let& apos; s recognize what appears.
iPhone SE 2: what we want to see
We’ve come up with a wish list, filled with features that we want to see in the new iPhone SE 2.
Some of them are pleas to Apple to not remove key specs, while others dare the company to try something new.
A headphone jack
First things first: the iPhone SE has a headphone jack and we& apos ;d very much like it if Apple retained things in place for the iPhone SE 2.
If Apple doesn& apos; t mess with the design of the next iteration, there& apos; s little reason to see it removed. Nonetheless, rumors point to a new look, so thumbs are bridged that the 3.5 mm headphone jack doesn& apos; t get left on the trim room floor.
A better battery
From a appreciate perspective, the iPhone SE is high on the charts if you& apos; re looking for a phone that will last you through the working day. As we discovered in our in-depth battery test, the SE wiped the flooring of the other popular iPhone examples of the time, like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6.
Its prowess at saving influence attains feel. The screen is smaller and its boxy intend doesn’t force Apple to slim down on the battery in the way that it might for a slimmer, sleeker chassis used with its core iPhone products.
While we& apos; re short on complaints regarding the SE& apos; s battery performance, it can only get better, right? We& apos ;d like to see Apple drive some borders with its next telephone with numbers that take it even higher.
One of the more impressive things about the SE is that it matches in a similar fixed of specs found in the iPhone 6S. A punchy palm-sized smartphone that could handle everything that its fancier iPhone friends could for a more digestible price.
That& apos; s 2016 strength though, and in 2019 we& apos; re hope Apple imparts the iPhone SE 2 the latest chipset and a bump in RAM.
A freshened design
There& apos; s no is considered that recreating the iPhone 5 design for use with the iPhone SE is a great idea. After all, it& apos; s a winning intend, first debuted on the iPhone 4, that establish Apple far ahead of its competitor in terms of build quality.
However, there comes a period when even the best design theories need to be left to the side. And when looking toward the release of the iPhone SE 2, that time is now.
We& apos ;d love to see something drastically different, all while protruding to the ergonomic four-inch size that SE fans are accustomed to.
Of course, if the design modifies at all it will probably now take the form of a shrunk-down iPhone XR, but that& apos; s not inevitably a bad thing.
That& apos; s right, we want Apple to give the iPhone SE 2 a chance. There& apos; s still a market out there for people who want an iPhone that sits comfortably in the palm, can be used one-handed without inducing a plummet danger, and doesn& apos; t take up every square inch of a pocket.
The iPhone SE shape part is loved by its fans, and while the iPhone SE 2 won& apos; t be a best-seller for Apple it will show that the Cupertino firm is listening to some of its most loyal fans.
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