It feels like just yesterday Apple dropped the iPhone X and all of its amazing new design features. More than six months have passed since Apple released the iPhone X to the public and customer/public response has generally been positive. Not convinced? Just look at its sales. Not only did Apple sales grow 25% last quarter, iPhone X was the word’s best–selling smartphone in Q1.
All signs point to Apple releasing a revamped version of its iPhone SE this year. What can you expect from the rumored iPhone, dubbed SE2 by speculators and enthusiasts? There’s still a lot of rumors that have not been confirmed, but we’ve done our best to round up the most circulated rumors about iPhone SE2.
If you aren’t familiar with the original iPhone SE, it first arrived on the smartphone market in March 2016. Its design features an aluminum frame (the design of iPhone 5S) with the internal components of iPhone 6S. This made it an attractive device with components that still pack a punch for people hesitant to get a larger iPhone. Last March Apple bumped up the storage tiers on the SE but did not release a new model. Pricing starts at $349 for 32GB or storage and $449 for 128GB. If you’re familiar with the prices of Apple’s other iPhones, that’s a steal!
There are three different iPhone models that are expected to be announced during Apple’s annual keynote in, which is held during Q3.
Apple announced that it will be holding a Tuesday morning keynote to start the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 5 in San Jose, California. Whatever it is the company has decided to do for iPhone models, we should know more very, very soon!
Frame: Aluminum or All-glass back
Some speculate that the SE 2 will scrap the aluminum body in favor of the all-glass back introduced in the iPhone 8. This would not only update the phone’s look, but also enable wireless charging. This would also be the more economical frame upgrade, as the iPhone X features a stainless steel backing (and a price to go with it!).
Size: Same size as existing SE or iPhone X sized
Since no one is positive whether the iPhone X SE and iPhone SE 2 are the same, the phone’s size is also up in the air. Many customers enjoy the smaller iPhone SE size, which is why it’s believed that the SE 2 would remain the same size.
The screen for iPhone SE 2 is rumored to include True Tone LCD screen technology, which is the technology used on iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Meanwhile, iPhone X boasts True Tone OLED.
Other design features
When the headphone jack was eliminated from Apple iPhones with the iPhone 7 release, many Apple fans found it difficult to let go. Leakers are mixed about whether the headphone jack will be removed from the SE 2, although it seems like an obvious update.
There’s also been discussion about whether the Home button will be eliminated. Most (unconfirmed) leaks we’ve come across believe the SE 2 would keep the physical Home button and Touch ID.
People are split when discussing whether the iPhone SE 2 will include some of the hottest, newest smartphone features. Some say that the phone will include Face ID and edge-to-edge screen display, while others argue these features are unlikely to come at a more economical price. Most likely is an upgrade to the faster A10 Fusion processor.
Multiple speculation articles we came across believe the SE2 will be launched as early as the WWDC next week, although some believe it won’t be announced until Q3, when it typically releases newest flagship model.
In April, Apple registered several new iPhone models…something it typically does just before a launch. Signals that a new phone should be released very shortly (by the end of June). Some believe it may be announced during WWDC, while others think the launch excitement will be limited to just a press release. Apple has not introduced a smartphone at WWDC since 2010.
If you are keen to pick up an iPhone SE 2, we recommend marking your calendar for the WWDC keynote next Tuesday at 10am PST. Rokform is also anxiously awaiting to hear what’s next so we can get a Rokform case out asap.
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