iPhone SE 2 (2018): Rumours, specs, release date, price and all the latest news
Apple is thought to be working on a successor to the two-year-old budget iPhone SE. Here’s everything we’ve heard about the rumoured iPhone SE 2 so far, including its release date, specs, features and price. All the iPhone SE 2018 news you need is right here in one handy place.
Away from the premium iPhone X, and the mainstream iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the iPhone SE is Apple’s current compact, budget offering. But after two years on the market, is the world now ready for a successor, an iPhone SE 2? And when will it launch?
Although Apple has kept quiet about a possible successor, there are rumours that its development might already be underway. Apparently its on Apple’s internal roadmap and is set to be manufactured by the same company that built the original iPhone SE, Wistron. These rumours come courtesy of Chinese outlet Economic Daily News.
More recently, a flurry of device registrations within the Eurasian Economic Commission have pointed towards a new iPhone being on the way soon. With these registrations coming so early in the year, many are speculating that they could relate to the iPhone SE 2 rather than Apple’s flagship handset lineup which is usually announced around September.
There are rumours flying that the internals of the iPhone SE 2 will feature an A11 Bionic CPU like what we’ve already seen in the iPhone 8 and X. If true this would make it an incredibly powerful little phone, but only time will tell whether these rumours are correct.
Read on for everything we know so far about the rumoured iPhone SE 2.
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iPhone SE 2 release date
With the previous iPhone SE having been released at a dedicated event in March 2016, we initially had our fingers crossed that we would see an appearance at Apple’s education-themed event in Chicago in March 2018, alongside the new 2018 iPad. However the event came and went without any mention of any iPhone whatsoever.
The next possible announcement date could be WWDC 2018 in June, otherwise an announcement could have to wait until Apple’s main iPhone launch event in September.
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iPhone SE 2 price
With its compact form-factor, the iPhone SE has always been meant as the budget sibling of the iPhone family, and we’d expect this to continue with the iPhone SE 2.
The price of the current iPhone SE starts at just £349, while the mainstream iPhone 8 and 8 Plus start at £699 and £799 respectively. In an ideal world we’d love to see the SE 2 hit the same price point as the current SE, but a slightly increased price is more likely.
iPhone SE 2 concepts
With Apple not having shown off any official images of the rumoured phone, fans have stepped in to give their interpretation of what the SE 2 could end up looking like.
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Renowned concept designer Martin Hajek has developed one such render that closely mimics the design of the current SE. It’s got the same square edges as the current model, while also integrating design flourishes from the iPhone 8 including a small camera bump and a single solid back colour. Inspired by the latest WWDC invite, it certainly looks the part and also suggests that wireless charging might feature.
Another concept has come from EverythingApplePro, and can be seen in the YouTube link below. This concept eliminates the camera bump, but keeps a uniform back colour.
Both concepts remove the headphone jack from the current iPhone SE. The 3.5mm jack first disappeared with the iPhone 7, and last year’s models showed no signs of Apple reversing the trend.
iPhone SE 2 design and specs
The strongest rumour we’ve heard so far about the SE 2’s design comes from a video posted on the social network Weibo. The video shows a handset that’s borrowed heavily from the design cues of the iPhone X, including curved edges, the removal of the home button, and even a small X-style notch on the top of the screen.
The concept also shows off a small camera bump on the rear of the phone containing a dual camera configuration.
In terms of the internals of the phone, some rumours point towards an A11 chip being used, while others suggest an earlier generation A10 chipset is more likely. Our guess is that Apple will use the A10 chipset, to keep the SE 2 affordable, and to ensure it’s specs don’t match the premium iPhones released last year.
Finally, the iPhone SE 2 is also tipped to be on the receiving end of a mighty camera upgrade, with some claiming that it will be treated to the same 12-megapixel sensor as the iPhone 8 (no, not the dual-camera found on the larger iPhone 8 Plus).
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iPhone SE 2 Rumours and News: What we’d like to see in the iPhone SE 2
Our main concern with the iPhone SE 2 is that it continues in the same spirit of the existing iPhone SE. That means that wherever possible an affordable price should take priority over premium features.
So while it would be nice to see functionality like an edge-to-edge display, wireless charging, Face ID, and a dual camera trickle down from the higher end models, we don’t want them to be included if they’re going to push the price of the iPhone SE 2 over £400.
We’d like the headphone jack to make a return on the iPhone SE 2, but we’re not going to get our hopes up too much. In our minds, a budget phone will likely be purchased by someone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of money on expensive wireless headphones, making a physical jack a priority.
Aside from that we’re excited to see what Apple brings to the table with a budget phone in 2018.
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