iPhone SE 2 − Price, release date and all the biggest leaks
Nearly four years on from the launch of the original iPhone SE, and the rumours of an iPhone SE 2 still haven’t died down. In fact, they’ve blown up over recent weeks, and a launch now looks very likely indeed.
We’ve collated all of the key specs, tidbits, rumours, leaks and hearsay relating to the iPhone SE 2 in order to try and discern its actual release date, price, features and potential availability.
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iPhone SE 2 release date – When could it come out?
The original iPhone SE launched way back in March 2016, and ever since its debut there has been pretty much constant speculation about a successor.
Everyone was initially sure that it would arrive in 2017. The same applied to 2018, which also passed without the launch of the much-anticipated handset. Some reports, such as this one, then claimed that Apple had completely given up on the idea of launching an iPhone SE 2. We’re pretty sure that there will be no iPhone SE 2 unveiling before the end of 2019, but a 2020 launch is looking increasingly likely.
A multitude of recent reports, some from respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, have now pointed at an early 2020 launch. The most precise potential launch date we’ve seen so far is the end of the first calendar quarter of the year − which would be the end of March.
Rumours aside, Apple’s recent hardware activities offer hope too. First, there’s the fact that it put the iPhone SE back on sale in January 2019, mere months after it had pulled the petite device. Was this a tester to see what demand would be like for a smaller iPhone? If so, the fact that it sold out in super-quick time is encouraging.
Then there’s the recent resurrection of Apple’s long-dormant mini-tablet range with the iPad Mini 5. Basically, if there’s any kind of demand for one of its products, Apple isn’t above giving the people what they want.
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iPhone SE 2 price – How much will it cost?
The original iPhone SE cost just £379 at launch, which looks like a bit of a bargain these days. Of course, that was way back in 2016, when the price of a full-fat iPhone (the iPhone 6S, at the time) was just £539.
These days, an iPhone 11 will cost you at least £729, and an iPhone 11 Pro will set you back at least £1049. The iPhone 11 Pro Max, meanwhile, will set you back £1149, minimum. The iPhone SE 2 will cost well short of that, but will likely also set you back slightly more than the £379 original.
In October 2019, a TF Securities report from Kuo, which was seen by 9to5Mac, predicted that the iPhone SE 2 will start at just $399 (~£320).
That’s surprisingly affordable, but readers based in the UK, don’t get too excited. After all, while the iPhone 11 starts at £729 in the UK, it only costs $699 in the US. As a direct conversion, that equates to roughly £545. UK customers have suffered disproportionately high prices for some time, but the issue seems to be getting worse.
We’d therefore expect the iPhone SE 2 to come in closer to the £450 mark.
iPhone SE 2 colours
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone SE 2 will be available in three colours: red, silver and space grey. That’s a slightly disappointing selection − we’d been hoping to see greens, yellows and purples, as we have with Apple’s newest flagship models.
That said, it’s still a step up from the original iPhone SE colour selection though, which was silver, space grey, gold and rose gold. Hum-drum.
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iPhone SE 2 design and display
The iPhone SE looks exactly the same as the iPhone 5S, which in turn looks really similar to the iPhone 4. The iPhone SE 2, however, is expected to look more like the iPhone 8 (pictured above) − and yes, that should mean the return of a physical home button and Touch ID.
Key to this decision is size. In September 2019, Nikkei reported that the SE 2 will be roughly the same size as the iPhone 8, which measures in at 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm and features a 4.7-inch display. The iPhone SE, by comparison, uses a tiny 4-inch display. Today, the thought of a phone with a 4-inch screen is kind of weird.
While the iPhone 8 has never been considered much of a looker, it’s certainly not hideous.
There’s no word yet on the resolution of the iPhone SE 2’s screen, but it will likely be equipped with an LCD panel, rather than OLED.
iPhone SE 2 specs and features
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the SE 2 will pack the same A13 chipset as the 2019 iPhones. Essentially that means you’ll get nearly the same impressive performance in a smaller and slightly more dated looking frame. “Nearly”, because apparently it’ll have 3GB of RAM, rather than 4GB.
It’s expected to have a single rear camera sensor, and it has even been claimed that it will see the return of the headphone jack to Apple’s handsets. Considering the budget nature of the range, not having to use expensive wireless headphones or an adaptor would be very welcome.
However, other reports have claimed the exact opposite about the 3.5mm jack, so it’s still all to play for.