Apple Begins Selling iPhone SE Again on Clearance Store, Starting at $249 Brand New [Back in Stock]

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    Four months after Apple stopped selling the iPhone SE, the beloved device has made a sudden return to Apple's online store.

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    Apple is offering the iPhone SE with 32GB of storage for $249 and with 128GB of storage for $299 on its clearance store in the United States. These are brand new, unopened, and unlocked models with unchanged tech specs, including a 4-inch Retina display, A9 chip, Touch ID, and 12-megapixel rear camera.

    Prior to being pulled, the iPhone SE was available with 32GB and 128GB of storage for $349 and $449 respectively, so Apple is offering $100 to $150 off. The device was originally released in March 2016 and was popular among fans of smaller smartphones and those who preferred the iPhone 5-like design.

    It's unclear why Apple is selling the iPhone SE again, but it would appear to be clearing out stock. The iPhone SE remains on sale at select authorized resellers, as reflected on Apple's compare iPhone models page when the iPhone SE is selected.

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    Of course, with Apple recently lowering its revenue guidance for the quarter just ended due to fewer iPhone upgrades than it anticipated, speculation will certainly mount that Apple is doing everything it can to boost iPhone sales.

    While many customers have hoped for a so-called iPhone SE 2, with some rumors suggesting one was in the works, oft-accurate Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo cast doubt on the possibility of a new iPhone SE last year. And in July of last year, one research firm said Apple abandoned its plans for a new iPhone SE.

    Apple is offering the iPhone SE in Silver, Space Gray, Gold, and Rose Gold, with delivery or in-store pickup available by next week.

    As of now, this appears to be U.S. only.

    Update: iPhone SE stock is sold out as of Sunday morning.

    Update 1/23: Apple has additional iPhone SE models in stock as of Wednesday afternoon, but available supply may sell out quickly.

    Article Link: Apple Begins Selling iPhone SE Again on Clearance Store, Starting at $249 Brand New [Back in Stock]
     
  2. brock2621 macrumors 6502a

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    This was such an awesome little phone and at that price is almost disposable for employees in high risk jobs/traveling.
     
  3. GuruZac macrumors 6502a

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    Desperate times... No, actually, it's still a great little phone. Now they need to take the XR design, shrink it down to around the SE size, and watch how many people buy it. I'm not a small phone person but I think there's a big enough market to justify an SE2. I actually think if they stuffed the A11 processor, upgraded camera, added an upgraded display to wide gamut, they could sell this thing fro $400-$450 all day.

    Shoot at that price, I'm nearly tempted to pick up a 128GB.
     
  4. Reindeer_Games macrumors regular

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    Heck I'm still using a 6 with no issues...but it would be an upgrade for the holdouts like me.
     
  5. TwoBytes macrumors 68030

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    Apple thinks they are listening to the public by selling lower-cost phones but just to clarify Tim, we didn't mean old phones you don't support anymore..
     
  6. vertical smile macrumors 68040

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    I went from a iPhone 6s Plus to the SE due to me misjudging how much I would like a larger screen. The 6s Plus was just too be for me and impossible to use one handed.

    I also didn't care for 3D Touch and found it to be annoying, especially during one-handed use.
     
  7. Böhme417 macrumors 6502

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    At those prices, anyone in the market for an iPod Touch would be very foolish not to get this instead.
     
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  9. Nozuka macrumors 68020

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    Well i guess it's a good thing they still support it then.
     
  10. iPhysicist macrumors 65816

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    I want one for my girlfriend! make it two - you can't have enough good iPhones.
     
  11. vertical smile macrumors 68040

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    Anyone else think this move is strange?

    I can't remember another time that Apple discontinued a device, then months later, start to sell it again as clearance.
     
  12. GuruZac macrumors 6502a

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    They don't support the SE? They support back to the 5S, two generations older than the SE.
     
  13. Soccertess macrumors 65816

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    They should give it a small spec upgrade, so it isn’t such old tech. Just a process bump to keep things smooth
     
  14. vertical smile macrumors 68040

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    I wouldn't mine this form factor, just with new internals.

    Actually, I might pick on up, just to have a spare around....
     
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    Holy Mother of Pearl. Tim must have had them stashed in his basement. :apple:
     
  16. Porco macrumors 68030

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    They actually still listed it on their site, fairly hidden, as 'available from selected resellers' even when they 'discontinued' it (did Apple ever use that word, I don't recall seeing it).

    I bought my second iPhone SE not long ago for actually a bit less than Apple is selling these.
     
  17. vertical smile macrumors 68040

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    If you mean that Apple currently sells, I agree. For the price, you could get iPhones for a large family for the price of one Xs Max.

    It was my second favorite out of the following I owned: Original, 4s, 5s, 6s Plus, SE. The 4s was my favorite.
     
  18. 7thson macrumors 6502a

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    Good deal. This is going to undercut a lot of the listings on Swappa.
     
  19. Darmok N Jalad macrumors 65816

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    I think if they made an SE replacement that could provide the same 4.7” display as the old standard iPhone, I would buy it for sure. The text on the SE’s screen is too small for my eyes, but the 4.7” iPhone gets by just fine.
     
  20. vertical smile macrumors 68040

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    Okay...

    I thought I remember a MR article stating that Apple was officially discontinuing the SE... Maybe it didn't happen.
     
  21. Porco macrumors 68030

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    Yes, I know various blogs and sites used the word 'discontinued' but I don't recall Apple themselves doing so. I could be wrong.
     
  22. Joniz macrumors member

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    What is the technical term for a person in a relationship with a piece of discounted technology anyway?

    Not that I’m judging. I mean, I’m cool with the twins stuff.
     
  23. ruka.snow macrumors member

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    We need a new small phone to replace the SE, once my fiancé's SE dies he will be completely out of luck on getting a new phone.
     
  24. vertical smile macrumors 68040

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    Thanks, I could have sworn I remembered this.
     

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