Looking for a successor to Apple’s iPhone SE? Keep looking. The best you can get these days is, 1) something running Android OS, or, 2) an old iPhone 8 (notably larger than the original iPhone SE, but priced less than any other new iPhone).
Why doesn’t Apple make a new iPhone SE? Remember, planet earth is a capitalist planet; run by, 1) for-profit corporations, 2) politicians who crave power over the public good.
What about all those rumors of an impending iPhone SE 2 release?
Apple’s iPhone SE 2 will be a phone no one really wants
Not exactly true. Many iPhone customers want it because they want smaller; smaller iPhone and smaller price tag.
The good news is that Apple is working on a successor to the surprisingly popular iPhone SE
There is no evidence that iPhone SE was popular; no sales numbers, no survey results; everything you’ve read is anecdotal at best, conjecture otherwise.
The bad news is that the device, at least from some of the early rumors floating around, will not be a device devoted iPhone SE users will be interested in in the slightest.
Again, not exactly true. Well, actually, hogwash.
The rumors floating around are the same old, same old. iPhone SE 2– hopefully, Apple will have a better name; I’m thinking iPhone 11 mini– would be an updated iPhone 8 with 4.7-inch display. A bit larger than iPhone SE, yes, but at least paying some homage to the late great hero of small hands (rumor has it President Trump uses an iPhone SE to Tweet).
One of the keys to successful product marketing is differentiation; either different than competitors, or different than the rest of the product line. How would a new, smaller iPhone fit?
The iPhone SE 2 will boast a Touch ID sensor, Apple’s latest A13 processor, and a single-lens camera on the back.
No Face ID, so no Notch, probably an LCD display like iPhone 11, but a fast CPU so the device can last a few years, and just a single camera to further differentiate itself from the rest of the iPhone line.
Is iPhone SE’s main appeal only the size?
In all fairness to math, the iPhone SE’s 4-inch display doesn’t feel much different in the hand that iPhone 8’s 4.7-inch display.
The core appeal of the iPhone SE is that it offered users advanced hardware in a compact form factor, something that’s become increasingly hard to find as companies like Apple continue to churn out devices with gargantuan screens.
With iPhone 11’s having gargantuan screens already, should that not make iPhone 8’s 4.7-inch size, and close to iPhone SE’s original price at $399 competitive with the industry, and alluring to those who own iPhone SE but need a newer model?
The original iPhone SE filled a gap in Apple’s product lineup and it’s been shocking to see Apple completely neglect it for what’s pushing on four years now. What makes this all the more surprising is that the iPhone SE proved to be wildly more popular than even Apple imagined.
Again, there is no math to support iPhone SE’s popularity?
If anything, it cannibalized sales of the larger iPhone models and reduced Apple’s average selling price and overall profits. The way I see it is simple. Not enough people want to buy a smaller iPhone for Apple to make a smaller iPhone.