Back in 2016, Apple made waves by announcing a 4-inch iPhone, called SE. iPhone SE marks Apple’s return to 4-inch smartphone segment. Apple’s move received a wide welcome from users who were looking for a small-screened iPhone with advanced features.
iPhone SE features the same design as the iPhone 5s, but Apple upgraded the hardware to bring the device in line with other big flagship phones. Basically, iPhone SE is a premium device, with a small display and top-tier specs.
Apple’s 4-inch iPhone failed to live up to expectations on the market. The Cupertino company lowered the price and then launched the device in emerging countries. iPhone SE is one of the hottest items in India, with millions of units sold.
The success of iPhone SE in India may give Apple a driving reason to launch its successor this year. Rumors regarding the second generation iPhone SE have been circulating for months, hinting at the new exciting features coming in the device. In the section below, we are going to give you a sneak preview of what’s coming into this year’s iPhone SE.
When will Apple launch iPhone SE 2?
According to the latest sources, Apple is planning to launch the second generation iPhone SE in September. That’s the same time as iPhone X Plus. This goes against what we heard in previous rumors that the iPhone SE 2 would make its debut at WWDC event in June.
In 2016, Apple debuted the original iPhone SE at an event in March after endless rumors. Tech experts say that the September launch will give users more options on the market. However, it also indicates that the iPhone SE 2 may include innovative features that help it take on its siblings this year.
What will the second generation iPhone SE be called?
It remains unclear whether Apple will change the name of the 2nd gen iPhone SE. Tech experts say that the device will be simply called iPhone SE 2 at launch. The idea behind this is to create an SE lineup that separates it from Apple’s current iPhone series.
However, some reports say that the next generation iPhone SE will be dubbed iPhone X SE. This adds up to previous rumors that claimed that the 2nd gen iPhone SE will adopt Face ID, Apple’s new security measure.
Face ID is exclusive to the iPhone X, so it comes as a surprise if Apple includes it in an affordable device. This may boost the pricing of the device at launch. With many contradictory rumors, it’s hard to tell what the next-gen iPhone SE will be called. Let’s wait and see.
When will it be released to the market?
Back in 2016, Apple officially launched the original iPhone SE one week after the unveiling event. Sources say that iPhone SE 2 will hit Apple’s retail stores shortly following its annual Keynote.
According to some reliable reports, Apple is speeding up the production of iPhone SE 2 to meet the demand. Other reports claim that the 2nd gen iPhone SE will target emerging markets this year, including India and Brazil.
The original iPhone SE mostly targets emerging markets, thanks to its lower price tag. However, the iPhone SE was not cheap at launch as it had a $349 price tag. Sources say that the 2nd generation iPhone SE will cost more than $400 this year, a slight increase when compared to the first model.
The original iPhone SE sports the same design as the iPhone 5s. Tech experts say that the second generation iPhone SE will come with a slight change in design, with small bezels and all-glass back, just like the iPhone X.
If this is the case, iPhone SE 2 will be the first cheap iPhone to come with edge-to-edge design and Face ID. Besides, the SE 2 might feature a notch at the top of the display.
Other rumors say that Apple will keep the same old design on the SE this year. This means that we will have a rounded design with the physical button.
The original iPhone SE features the same specs with iPhone 6s, with A9 chip, Retina display, and Touch ID. Sources say that the iPhone SE will come with A10 chipset and 2GB of RAM. Besides, the device will have a much-improved camera setup, with 12 MP rear shooter and 5 MP front-facing shooter.
iPhone SE 2 is one of the most anticipated phones on the market. With a lot of contradictory rumors, it’s hard to tell what it will look like. Let’s wait and see.
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