The iPhone X and iPhone 8 may well be some of the best handsets on the market, but they’re also pretty pricey. You may not remember this, but Apple also offers a smaller, lower-cost device called the iPhone SE. Launched in 2016, the SE has gone a while without an update, but recent reports indicate that Apple is finally working on a new one. Tentatively called the iPhone SE 2, here’s everything you need to know about it.
Release and price
When will we finally see the iPhone SE 2? According to a recent report from French website Consomac, the release of the device could be launching soon. The outlet discovered an Apple regulatory filing with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) that shows 11 new iPhone models. The model numbers of the iPhones listed — running iOS 11 — don’t match those of already existing iPhones. With WWDC 2018 only a couple of months away, the company could be holding off on launching the second generation iPhone SE until June. While it’s unclear why Apple filed for such a large amount of new iPhones, it could mean multiple models of one device.
A research note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, reported by MacRumors, says Apple does not have the development resources necessary to launch the iPhone SE 2 in 2018. The note also states that if Apple does have a budget iPhone in the pipeline for this year, it will not feature wireless charging.
Before this, various dates for the iPhone SE 2’s arrival have been rumored. Digitimes predicted the smartphone will begin mass production in the second quarter of this year, with the official launch of the smartphone in May or June. Another recent report, this one from Focus Taiwan, noted that the iPhone SE 2 would launch in the first quarter of 2018.
The China Economic Daily speculated the phone will launch in July, and would be assembled in India by Taiwanese manufacturer Wistron. The report also hinted at the possible price of the iPhone SE 2, claiming it’ll be approximately $450 — the same price of the original SE when it launched. Since then, the SE has been discounted to $350.
Will a new iPhone SE retain the small screen, iPhone 5-esque look, or move on to something more current? Take a look at the video below, which supposedly shows a prototype iPhone SE 2. That’s right; it’s not an iPhone X. If it’s genuine, Apple’s cheaper, smaller iPhone may take on the cutting-edge style of its most expensive smartphone.
What are the chances this is real? Probably rather low. Despite the phone appearing to run iOS, and featuring gestures familiar to iPhone X owners, it may be a cleverly disguised Android smartphone. Such devices do exist in China — where the video originated — and rather than being an iPhone SE 2 prototype, this is more likely to be an iPhone X knockoff.
We’d be surprised if Apple could still keep the iPhone SE 2 price competitive while using the iPhone X screen, Face ID, and the TrueDepth camera, plus the dual-rear-camera system anyway. The iPhone 5-style square body is interesting though, and even if it’s not genuine, it’s still a fun look at what an iPhone X/iPhone SE mashup would look like.
The iPhone SE wasn’t made to be a technical showcase, and has a modest set of specifications. Will Apple continue that trend with the iPhone SE2? According to Digitimes, the iPhone SE 2 is predicted to have a glass back to support wireless charging but won’t have 3D-sensing capabilities.
Tekz24 also reports the phone will come with wireless charging, and adds the phone may have Apple’s A10 Fusion chip, 2GB of RAM, and options for either 32GB or 128GB of storage. The rear-facing camera will reportedly have 12 megapixels, while the front-facing camera will sit at 5 megapixels.
Updated on April 18: Apple registers new, unreleased iPhone models in Eurasia