Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac:
Apple is set to launch the next version of the iPhone SE 2 in the first quarter of 2020, according to renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The new phone will be more affordable than the rest of the Apple iPhone lineup and feature newer internals, like an A13 processor with 3 GB RAM, in a familiar iPhone 8 chassis.
We generally don’t post rumors, but this one struck a bit of a nerve for me. The iPhone SE is the last of the phones for folks with small hands or small pockets. My family and friends group has plenty of both. And this feels like the last nail in the iPhone SE form factor coffin.
Now I know these words won’t change anything. Feels like the ship has sailed. But it doesn’t take a lot of web search to find evidence that the iPhone SE is loved, that there is a slice of the Appleverse that will no longer be served by Apple.
Here’s just one take, from earlier this year. When Apple released a refurbished SE earlier this year, it sold out pretty quickly. And that phone was released in 2016.
I recognize that, if true, this new SE will be priced to sell, and sell it will. But it is a larger form factor, and by taking the SE name (again, this is a rumor, so take with a grain of salt), it feels like Apple is creating a floor in iPhone size. And I think that’d be a shame.