While Apple usually sets the precedent for its consumers to follow, the iPhone SE returned the company's iconic smartphone to a small form factor, one that had been ditched by the iPhone 6 and beyond. However, it appears Apple is finished with 4-inch phones for good, as the iPhone SE 2 looks to be even larger than last year's iPhone X.
The SE 2 has had its fair share of rumors, as all major smartphones do. However, those watching closely will notice it has received far less attention than other iPhones usually do, especially when compared to the iPhones Apple is thought to be releasing this fall.
The ugly truth? Apple isn't planning to release an SE 2 in the spring, as it did with the original SE — the SE 2 is coming in the fall, and it's a phone we've heard all about.
Yes, the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will most likely be our "SE 2." It appears some outlets are referring to it as such, with no consideration that Apple will release an updated 4-inch iPhone instead. Rather, the "cheaper" bezel-less iPhone so rumored about will take its place, offering customers a large iPhone experience without paying the premium prices attached to the OLED iPhone X sequels.
It won't be "cheap," however. Rumors say the 6.1-inch iPhone will run about $799. That might be reasonable if Apple considers this an iPhone 8 Plus replacement, but it's a stark contrast to the SE, which started at only $399.
If this rumor is correct, it's an interesting move by Apple. The SE sold well because there was a demand for that particular form factor, not to mention the low price for an iPhone. SE fans are waiting for an update of the same size, so it remains to be seen how many would buy an iPhone with a 2-inch larger display.
That's not to say a 4-inch SE 2 is dead in the water. There are still plenty of rumors out there to suggest Apple is still hard at work on a small iPhone refresh. If June passes us by with no SE 2, however, we just might have our answer.
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