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Apple may launch iPhone SE 2 in the first half of 2018

By Shawn Knight ยท 5 replies
Nov 22, 2017
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  1. Apple is preparing to launch an updated version of the iPhone SE early next year that’ll serve as an alternative to its pricey flagship iPhone X.

    The handset, tentatively known as the iPhone SE 2, will be assembled exclusively by Taiwanese manufacturer Wistron according to a report from China’s Economic Daily News.

    Apple launched its first generation iPhone SE in March 2016. Sales of the handset, which is based on the design of the older iPhone 5S, were rumored to be lackluster out of the gate (Apple doesn’t provide a sales breakdown of individual models). Public opinion of the phone, however, seems high as the handset came out on top in the annual American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) survey earlier this year.

    Previous rumors suggested the new iPhone SE would be powered by Apple’s A10 Fusion chip alongside 2GB of RAM and up to 128GB of local storage. Other specs would include a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, a five-megapixel front camera and a 1,700mAh battery.

    It’s assumed that the device would retain the same iPhone 5S design with 4-inch display and perhaps even keep the 3.5mm headphone jack. A screen of that size is quite small by today’s standards but as evident by the first iPhone SE, some people simply don’t want a huge display on a smartphone.

    The current iPhone SE starts at $349. For comparison, the iPhone 6s with a 4.7-inch display starts at $449.

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,045   +1,377

    If it has the headphone jack I may just wait for that instead of getting a SE now.
    highly doubt it though. Theyll either stick with the same SE body or do some really silly redesign.
     
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2017
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  3. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,556   +664

    I have an SE and I love its small size. That being said it is uncomfortable in the hand because the edges are rather abrupt. I like the feel of the 6 because it has rounded edges, but I don't want a larger screen. I think the design of the 6 with a 4 inch screen would be ideal for me.

    Keep the aluminum chassis though, I hate the glass backed iPhones.
     
  4. azicat

    azicat TS Enthusiast Posts: 32   +16

    Nice. I was worried this form factor would be ditched. I really like the smaller size and lack of frills.

    If only they re-introduced the lovely pebble shape of the 3/3G :)
     
  5. Oh heavens no! The thin and rounded design is like trying to hold a wet fish in hand. The flat sided SE is much better, but I did add a cover anyway. The buttons are better than the thin strips for controls. It is a good enough phone, though I don't care that much for iOS and the screen is too small. It works though - camera is good.
     
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,350   +1,386

    Just love my 5SE. Does what I need when I need it; Email, TXT, GPS. With a wrap around case, it still fits my hand and rides safely in my pocket.

    If I want more screen size, I go to my iPad or desktop system.
     

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