Apple finished 2017 strong by releasing the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X. But one group of people were definitively left out in the cold — those seeking a refresh to the 2016 iPhone SE. The SE was a return to the pre-iPhone 6 and 6 Plus style, one of more jagged edges and 4-inch-screens. However, the refreshed internals and lower price point gave those seeking a smaller form factor a terrific option.
The iPhone SE sold incredibly well, so it's no wonder that Apple is looking to come out with a second generation. Releasing it in 2018 also puts on the same track as those who will be due for a carrier upgrade following the 2-year lifecycle of their iPhone SEs. For those with a tighter budget (or smaller hands), the iPhone SE 2 could be the perfect replacement for your current phone.
Of course, as with all rumors, they're just that: rumors. As more iPhone SE 2 information leaks, we'll be sure to update this roundup with it. Most of these leaks come via Tekz 24, an Indian tech site. Apple began production of the iPhone SE in India, so it's plausible that Tekz 24 has some insider knowledge.
- OS Version: iOS 11
- Processor: Apple A10
- RAM: 2 GB
- Battery: 1,700 mAh
- Storage: 32 GB or 128 GB
- Display Type: N/A
- Screen Size: 4–4.2 inches (or 6.1 inches)
- Resolution: N/A
- Dimensions: N/A
- Rear Camera Resolution: 12 MP
- Front Camera Resolution: 5 MP
According to Focus Taiwan, the iPhone SE 2 will be sporting the A10 processor, the same as on the iPhone 7. This falls in line with the trend from the iPhone SE, which used the 6S's A9 processor. If anything gives this rumor more validity, it's the fact that Apple has done it before.
In an update to their previous iPhone SE 2 leaks, Tekz 24 revealed that the SE 2 will have a "glass back panel just like the iPhone 8 series and iPhone X." This glass back could bring wireless charging to the iPhone SE line, as Apple continues to move all of its products towards Qi charging. Some renders feature an iPhone X-esque screen, but Tekz 24 believes that would price the SE 2 out of the "budget" category.
A report from Forbes on Wed, March 28 claimed that the iPhone SE 2 is actually the 6.1 inch LCD model that is rumored to launch alongside the two successors of the iPhone X. While I think there's a good chance this device exists, I don't think it's exactly the iPhone SE 2. Rather, it's more likely to be the spiritual successor to the iPhone 8. If it's true, however, people looking for a new 4 inch device are out of luck.
Tekz 24 believes the iPhone SE 2 will cost "around $400 in the US," just as the iPhone SE. Similarly, it will likely be revealed and launched in March 2018, as was the iPhone SE.
What features are you looking for in the iPhone SE 2? Perhaps a headphone jack, which the iPhone SE had? Let us know in the comments below.