iPhone SE2: News, rumors, specs, and more

The iPhone SE2 may be announced at Apple's September Keynote

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The iPhone X and iPhone 8 may well be some of the best handsets on the market, but they’re also pretty pricey, and pretty huge. Thankfully for the smaller-handed of us out there, Apple also offers a more compact, lower-cost device called the iPhone SE. Launched in 2016, the SE has gone a while without an update, but recent reports indicate that Apple is finally working an update. Here’s everything you need to know about the iPhone SE2.

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Release date and price

Despite Apple being completely mum about even the existence of an updated iPhone called the iPhone SE 2, speculation about the release date of such a phone is all over the place. The latest rumors have the SE2 pegged for a September release along with all of the other 2018 iPhones and Apple Watch Series 4 wearables.

In late August, iOS developer and tipster Guilherme Rambo tweeted that Apple plans to release four iPhones in September. The first among them is a budget model set to replace the aging iPhone 7 and iPhone SE.  While Rambo’s tweet is definitely questionable, it does match up with an earlier rumor from a Japanese tech blog, and his track record for Apple leaks is impressive.

As for pricing, there’s very little information right now other than a report from The China Economic Daily stating the phones would ship for $450 — the same price as the original iPhone SE in 2016.

Design

Will a new iPhone SE retain the small-screen, iPhone 5-esque look, or move on to something more current? Rumors surrounding the iPhone SE 2 are all over the place, with multiple “leaks” showing up for both an iPhone X-style redesign and a design that’s more reminiscent of the original SE’s look.

The most recent whispers about the SE 2 come from retailer Mobile Fun, and show an iPhone X-style redesign, scaled down to a size smaller than the original iPhone SE.

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This is backed up with render images for an Olixar iPhone SE 2 screen protector, as well as CAD imagery that supposedly shows off the dimensions of the phone. While this may seem to be the full package, renders aren’t exactly hard to make, and neither are CAD designs for screen protectors. It’s also worth pointing out these “leaked” designs are often based on the most prominent rumors of the time, and might not necessarily be links to genuine leaks from official sources — in fact, statements from leaker Ben Geskin point to the design staying the same, with just the addition of a glass back.

There are other whispers that back up the iPhone SE 2 retaining the Touch ID button. That report also states the back panel would see a switch to glass, rather than the original SE’s metal, which would put it in line with the other recent iPhones. While we were unsure about the addition of wireless charging to the iPhone SE 2, 9to5Mac is reporting the feature will be included on Apple’s upcoming budget phone. Possible leaked images of the iPhone SE 2 from 9to5Mac also show the phone will retain its 3.5mm headphone jack, which is contrary to a another recent rumor.

Specifications

The iPhone SE wasn’t made to be a technical showcase, and has a modest set of specifications. Will Apple continue that trend with the iPhone SE2? According to Digitimes, the iPhone SE 2 is predicted to have a glass back to support wireless charging, but won’t have 3D-sensing capabilities.

Tekz24 also reports the phone will come with wireless charging, and adds that the phone may have Apple’s A10 Fusion chip, 2GB of RAM, and options for either 32GB or 128GB of storage. The inclusion of the A10 chip has also been backed up by Macotakara, so it’s highly likely we’ll be seeing this processor. The rear-facing camera will reportedly have 12 megapixels, while the front-facing camera will sit at 5 megapixels.

 

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Updated on August 22: iPhone SE2 may be released in September with three other iPhones.

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