Apple iPhone SE 2 Will Be Small, But Here's Why It's Important
Dhir Acharya - Oct 21, 2019
As you may have heard, Apple could be developing a new, cheaper iPhone SE 2 that will offer some similar features with the iPhone 11, like the A13 chip.
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As you may have heard, Apple could be developing a new, cheaper iPhone SE 2 that will offer some similar features with the iPhone 11, the A13 chip for example. This article will include all the rumors we’ve got so far about the next affordable iPhone.
Compared with today’s smartphones, which all seem large and bulky, the iPhone SE first came out in 2016 as a compact device. With a design like that of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5, the SE offered a lot of key features any iPhone would have, such as Apple Pay in a smaller package. And it cost less.
According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the tech giant may release the iPhone SE 2 within the first three months of next year. The analyst says that the phone’s design will likely resemble the iPhone 8 instead of the square, machined look of the first SE.
If that turns out true, the SE 2 may sport a4.7-inch screen (the original SE’s display was 4 inches), featuring a home button, but will lack FaceID. In addition, the smartphone may house one camera on the back rather than dual rear cameras like on the newest iPhone.
Under the hood, the analyst projects that the SE 2 will pack the A13 Bionic processor, 3GB RAM, and either 64 or 128GB of internal storage. In terms of colors, the iPhone SE 2 may come in red, silver, and space gray.
As of now, you may notice that except for the chip, there’s nothing new over other iPhones, but that’s exactly what the company may be up to: keeping the price lower than the iPhone 8, the currently cheapest Apple phone you can buy new, for $449.
If the SE 2 is priced at somewhere around $399, it can put direct competition with cheaper Android smartphones such as Google Pixel 3A while satisfying people who upgrade from older models like the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6, as well as older models, will not get updated to iOS 13.
The iPhone SE 2 is important, especially for markets like India where most people cannot afford a premium smartphone like the iPhone 11 or Samsung Galaxy Note 10. As shown in figures from Counterpoint Research, in Q1 2018, just 4 percent of the Indian market had some sort of premium phones, those that cost higher than $450. Considering the current state of the global smartphone market, it’s the right move to release an affordable phone, which will help Apple compete with Android midrange offerings from companies like Samsung and OnePlus.