According to new reports the iPhone SE 2 – which we haven’t heard much about for a while – might become a reality after all.
Filings have been spotted with the EEC (Eurasian Economic Commission) – an official certification authority for the Russian market.
Such filings have proven reliable in the past surrounding launches of Apple MacBooks, the 2018 iPad, and Apple’s AirPod headphones.
The filings display model numbers and the fact that the listed devices will run iOS11, but apart from this not much info is given.
That said, the timing would coincide with earlier rumours of a possible iPhone SE 2 launch, but are rather early for the flagship models to be launched in September as successors to the iPhone X and iPhone 8 series.
Apple’s WWDC 2018 is taking place on June 4, and it’s possible the firm will unwrap the iPhone SE 2 during that event.
Apple was well and truly caught off guard by demand for the original iPhone SE, a slightly cheaper 4in iPhone released back in 2015.
Since then, every year, without fail, we have seen rumours of a sequel. And now, two years later, it looks as if one might actually be on the cards.
iPhone SE Release Date – When’s It Likely?
According to sources, Apple’s iPhone SE 2 will launch over the Summer, feature specs based on the iPhone 7, and come in two storage flavours: 32GB and 128GB.
The handset will apparently be based on the iPhone 5s design, meaning it will look and feel the same as the iPhone SE, just with upgraded internals.
How this will work remains to be seen. Surely it’d make more sense for Apple to base the phone on the iPhone 7’s design rather than a handset that pre-dates that phone by two years?
It will also feature a glass back panel like the iPhone X and iPhone 8 in order to bring wireless charging into the mix.
As for pricing, you’re looking at around $400, according to reports. This would make it more expensive than the original iPhone SE, but still significantly cheaper than the current iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus.
And in a world of $1000 flagship iPhones, Apple kinda needs something like the iPhone SE.
Back in 2016/17, this wasn’t the case. But now that Apple’s flagship handset is truly marketed towards the 1%, the company could actually use a cheaper option for those that cannot afford an X.
iPhone SE 2 Display is STILL A USP For Apple
The other USP of the iPhone SE was its size; at 4in it was the same size as Apple’s traditional iPhones.
People seem to like this size phone, so releasing a sequel with updated specs and hardware does make sense for Apple, even more so if it simply features a mash-up of old hardware and specs.
I mean, it can’t be that expensive to make if you’re repurposing old hardware and components.
Quite the contrary, in fact, it’s likely very profitable for Apple, as it can sell old technology at a higher price point and make some hefty profits.
The main reason Apple would release the iPhone SE 2 has to be price.
Most people find $1000 for a phone rather prohibitive, so a cheaper iPhone SE 2 could be used by Apple to show that it still cares about all those people that cannot afford its iPhone X.
Just as the original SE was a concession to users unhappy about the switch to larger displays, the iPhone SE 2 could be a concession to those that refuse to pay $1000 for an iPhone.
Either way, I’ll believe it when I see it.
In the meantime, if you want value for money, go and see OnePlus.