Apple iPhone SE marked Apple’s return to its 4-inch smartphone segment. The iPhone SE serves as a perfect tool for maintaining iOS user experience we have grown accustomed to since the days of iPhone 4. The original SE was specifically designed for those who were dying for a small iPhone with premium design and high-end specs.
However, the original iPhone SE failed to live up to expectations, mainly due to its same old design. The SE’s sales performance was poor at launch, forcing Apple to lower the price and launch it in emerging markets. The SE quickly became one of the hottest items in China and India. The Cupertino company received over 3 million pre-orders for the device in China. The success of the iPhone SE in emerging markets may give the company a driving reason to release the second generation SE.
Rumors regarding the next generation iPhone SE have been around for months, hinting at the impressive changes coming in the device. Some sources say that the SE 2 will feature the same design as the iPhone X, with smaller bezels, a notch, and glass-back body.
According to some reports, the SE 2 will make its debut at this year’s WWDC event in June. With a lot of rumors circulating around, we now have a glimpse of what it looks like.
iPhone X is Apple’s first iPhone model to come with a notch at the top of the screen. Basically, a notch allows users to quickly check your notifications, and date/time. The launch of the iPhone X last year has helped boost the adoption of a notch design among Android brands. Samsung is planning to use the top notch in their future phones. This year, the South Korean firm gave up using the notch on their Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus.
According to rumors, the next generation iPhone SE will feature top notch. That goes in line with what we heard in previous rumors that the SE 2 will sport the same design as the iPhone X. If this is the case, we will have smaller bezels, a notch at the top, and a curved display. However, the SE 2 will stick with LCD panels this year. This makes senses, as the device will belong to the mid-range segment.
Wireless charging and no headphone jack
Some reports have suggested that the second generation iPhone SE will feature an all-glass back just like the iPhone X. The adoption of all glass back will pave the way for wireless charging support. This adds up to previous rumors saying that all iPhone models will feature wireless charging.
Last year, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X officially joined the many Android devices with wireless charging after months of endless rumors. Apple’s move received a wide welcome last year, hinting at a possible adoption of wireless charging in future iPhones.
Earlier this year, rumors suggested that the next generation iPhone SE would not include a headphone jack. If this is the case, this won’t come as a surprise. Apple officially removed the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack from its iPhone lineup. And, it seems that Apple won’t bring it back this year.
Same size as the first iPhone SE
The original iPhone SE measures 4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches, which sits comfortably on your hands. Sources say that the second generation iPhone SE will have the same dimensions as the original iPhone SE. However, the SE 2 will sport a bigger screen. Sources say that iPhone SE 2 will feature a 5-inch LCD display, with better picture quality and a higher level of brightness.
Besides, the device will not come with physical buttons, just like the iPhone X. This means that the SE 2 will adopt some gestures. The existing iPhone X includes a lot of gestures that may take some getting used to. According to some leaks, the SE 2 will include volume keys and mute switch on the left, while the power button sits at the top.
The SE 2 will be built in India
Sources say that the iPhone SE 2 will be built in India. This makes sense, as Apple is planning to open new production facilities in India. According to tech experts, the device will target India and other emerging countries.
Some reports claim that the second generation SE will be manufactured by Apple’s long-time partner, Wistron at its Bengaluru factory. That’s the same factory that produces the original iPhone SE.
The second generation iPhone SE will be debuted at this year’s WWDC event. However, it remains unknown when it will launch to the public.
Also read: iPhone SE 2: Everything we know so far
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