The first iPhone SE was a remarkable item, and for a number of reasons. Most of all, it was the initial budget iPhone that Apple ever made and it attracted close to flagship-level performance to a mid century -range apparatus.
Well, near flagship-degree if we are talking about 2016 flagships. The iPhone SE turned two years old in March this year, and its functionality and overall appeal have diminished since it can’t quite keep up with modern apparatus, neither concerning performance nor aesthetics.
Currently, the time is ripe for the launching of an iPhone SE 2 (or iPhone SE 2018, as it may end up being called), with many speculating that it might be discharged in a matter of weeks in WWDC 2018. However, several suspicious rumors and unreliable leaks are circling around, so is there merit to some of these?
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- 1 iPhone SE 2 Release Date
- 2 iPhone SE 2 Design
- 3 iPhone SE 2 Characteristics
- 4 iPhone SE 2 Price
- 5 The last Word
iPhone SE 2 Release Date
The iPhone SE 2 could launch in either June or in September this year.
The above WWDC 2018 occurs from the 4th to the 8th of June, and that just might be when the iPhone SE 2 launches. On the other hand, iPhones have traditionally always been published in September, beginning with the iPhone 5 in 2012. The iPhone X and the first iPhone SE are the only two exceptions.
So, which is it? We just can not tell, but seeing as WDC 2018 is just two months away, we need only wait somewhat more for some concrete news.
iPhone SE 2 Design
What will the iPhone SE 2 look like? That’s among the biggest questions concerning the upcoming phone.
In fact, there are numerous possibilities, although none of these have been confirmed. Here are the three most likely layouts.
1. ) It may seem the same, but with minor alterations
Some of the previous leaks indicated that the iPhone SE 2 would just introduce a minor layout update: a removal of the headphone jack and an addition of an all-glass rear that would enable the phone to support wireless charging.
If you ask us, that is not likely to be true. The major point of this iPhone SE was for Apple to eventually offer a excellent non-flagship phone that would be attractive to anybody on a tighter budget. However, several Android users scoffed in a diminutive 4-inch display, and it is chiefly the present Apple lovers who genuinely appreciated the SE.
Therefore, if it is to be truly successful, the successor of the iPhone SE needs to ditch the outdated design of this iPhone 5 and proceed. Yes, we know — we also love the 5’s timeless design, but its time has passed. So as to keep up with the times, Apple needs to step their game up when it comes to their mid-array offering. Which brings us to…
2. iPhone X Lite
A a lot more popular opinion is that the iPhone SE 2 will borrow heavily from the iPhone X concerning layout and functionality. Bear in mind, the first SE was modeled after an old flagship and it is that flagship’s recognizable design that made it seem as a high-end phone despite being a mid-range .
Bearing this in mind, it would be logical for the iPhone SE 2 to do the same this time around, but with all the X’s design. Home buttons are getting to be a thing of the past and bezel-less displays are the new aim. Thus, we find it highly likely that the iPhone SE 2 will seem like something of a funding iPhone X.
3. A bit of both worlds?
Despite being only a copy of this iPhone 5 layout -wise, there is no denying that the iPhone SE has established its own reputation, becoming known as “the affordable iPhone” due to the compact, blocky frame. That is something that Apple might want to keep, so the new SE 2 may just keep that recognizable framework and just place a bezel-less screen on the front.
We find this to be an equally probable situation, possibly even more likely than the SE 2 being a straight up toned-down version of this iPhone X. You may see an unofficial idea of what this phone may look like, made by EverythingApplePro
iPhone SE 2 Characteristics
We have covered the outside, but what about the inside? As a funding -friendly device, the iPhone SE was forced to scrap a few of the more advanced (and expensive) characteristics of its flagship contemporaries. So, what attributes is the SE 2 likely to maintain and which will it stink?
The Display — 4 or 6 inches, OLED or LCD?
The iPhone X was the first iPhone to use an OLED display rather than an LCD one, so does that imply that the cheaper upcoming iPhones are also coming with OLED screens?
Honestly, it appears highly unlikely. OLED panels are costly and the supply is low, and what is more, Apple being reliant upon their principal competitor for OLED panels does not help the issue.
As for the screen size, there are rumors that the SE 2 might actually come in two variants: a compact 4-4.5 inch one akin to the first iPhone SE, in addition to a bigger 5-6 inch “phablet” version. Obviously, this is a great move on Apple’s part, primarily because 5-inch displays are pretty much a standard for modern smartphones.
The Specifications — CPU, RAM, Storage
Currently, Apple has two CPUs which are used in up-to-date apparatus: the A10 Fusion and the A11 Bionic. The first iPhone SE utilizes the A9 chip, so an update is a certainty, even though the question remains: which of those two is it?
Well, our money is on the A10. These chips are far from obsolete and the A11 chip is just significantly better in regards to multi-tasking. Most of all, let’s not forget that the iPhone SE 2 will be a mid-range apparatus like its predecessor. As such, the less costly option that does not sacrifice much concerning performance is the a lot more logical option.
RAM hasn’t been much of a factor to be concerned about in iPhones because of the superb optimization of iOS. The iPhone SE had 2GB of RAM, and so do the iPhones 7 and 8. For now, a greater 3GB RAM capacity is reserved for the Plus versions and that the iPhone X. Again, considering that the SE 2 will be a funding -friendly telephone, we’re inclined to believe it will stick with 2GB for the time being.
And lastly, the storage. Up until recently, 16 GB has been the frequent minimum storage capacity for smartphones but the bar has now been raised 32 GB. While Apple has increased this bar all the way up to 64 GB due to their current flagship apparatus, it’s safe to presume that the new SE 2 will stay at the lower starting point since, once more: funding -friendly device.
We can’t be sure about the maximum capacity that the new phone provides, as it might include 64, 128, and 256 GB variants. Despite the fact that Apple doesn’t provide the 128 GB alternative in their current flagships, the SE might end up being exempt from this.
How Are You Going to Unlock It Touch ID or Face ID?
One of the numerous controversies surrounding the iPhone X has been the exception of a Touch ID detector in favor of this new Face ID. Consequently, if the iPhone SE 2 really ends up being modeled after the iPhone X, will it also wind up scrapping the fingerprint sensor?
Well, at this time, we really can not tell. The deciding factor will almost certainly be the pricing and if Face ID can be crammed into a manageable package.
But supposing that they can not and the iPhone SE 2 comes with no home button, where would the fingerprint sensor be placed? Well, there are two choices:-LRB-*****)
- They can put it on the side, in place of the power button, such as Sony Xperia apparatus have been doing up till lately.
- It could be put on the trunk, in which case it would most likely be found within the Apple logo.
At the end, we could only wait and see if Face ID can be made cheap enough to be a viable attribute for a non-flagship device. If not, then the SE 2 will still be rolling out with great old Touch ID.
Can It Have a Headphone Jack?
Of course, how can we not mention the headphone jack whose elimination everybody likes to bash Apple for. If you are expecting for it to return in the iPhone SE 2, do not hold your breath, because it’s very unlikely to happen.
Three generations of iPhones have been jack-free, so there is no reason for it to change now. Removing the headphone jack so as to push for a wireless future was a controversial move in itself, so going back on this decision after such a long time would not exactly look good.
Along with this, many Android phone makers (like Google) have followed in Apple’s footsteps and are now eliminating the headphone jack also, so it’s simply a matter of time before it, together with the remainder of its analog brethren, becomes completely obsolete.
Overall, Apple has ever provided a free adapter, so unless you are an audiophile who only partakes in lossless music using a $500 pair of headphones, you won’t even see the difference between an analog and an electronic link.
Can It Support Wireless Charging?
There is a really substantial likelihood that the iPhone SE 2 will sport a glass back in order to be harmonious with the Qi wireless charging standard. As stated previously, Apple is pushing for an entirely wireless future, and that does not mean just cans, but chargers also.
With the iPhones 8, 8 Plus, and X supporting Qi wireless charging, it is unlikely that the SE 2 will be an exception.
iPhone SE 2 Price
The first iPhone SE is now available in two versions: a 32 GB version that costs $349 and a 128GB version that’s somewhat more expensive, sitting at $449.
Now, the question remains: will this pricing remain the same or will we see some changes?
Well, this is all dependent on what the iPhone SE 2 turns out to be and what attributes it ends up executing. Given it is a mid-range device, it must remain in the $300-$500 price range, even though we can not be sure of the final pricing before it is actually declared.
The last Word
As you can see, this is mostly speculation because there’s still nothing but sketchy rumors and questionable leaks to proceed, but make certain to check back in 2 weeks after WWDC 2018 is over as we’ll probably have some more significant information then!