iPhone SE Apple needs to make it clear they are still interested in Smaller iPhones or not!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by animatedude, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. CrazyForCashews macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2018
    Just a heads up to anyone living in Canada, Costco has 128GB iPhone SEs for sale for $399.99.
  2. dragon4ever macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2010
    Is the regular iPhone 8 not considered small? It’s definitely a one-handed phone. The iPhone SE looks like a kid’s phone.
  3. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I mean, I don’t take offense to this, but does it really matter what a smart phone looks like? Or just basically how the SE executes convenience in a small form factor, that’s what the SE accomplishes.
  4. Schorsch0815 macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2010
    I am still using an old iPhone 5. Works fine for the little I use it but camera is now broken.

    So I went to the shop and had a look at the XS. Nice but ridiculous price. I don't define myself through mobile phones. I find oogling into a phone screen in public is pretty trashy). Plus for that price point I would have to watch out all the time that I am not dropping or loosing it. Who needs that pain?

    Looked at the XR as well. Price point is OK and nice camera. But for the two messages I write or receive per day I shall carry around the equivalent of a 200 bar of chocolate in my jeans?! That's a nuisance for me, not an increase in quality of life.

    I expect Appel to offer me products I want to have, not ones THEY want me to have. So I will just get the camera somehow fixed and carry on with the 5 till it's beaten to death.
  5. subjonas macrumors 68000

    Feb 10, 2014
    I strongly agree with pretty much all of this. Except I do use my phone (SE) for quite a bit more than a couple texts, but I try to limit use to when no one is around me. I hate isolating myself by staring at my phone or wearing headphones in public, even if others around me are doing it too. When everyone is on their phones I feel like we’re a zombie society. Of course if I have to check something on my phone, I’ll go ahead and do it and get it done, but not sit there and surf the web or watch random YouTube videos and miss a chance to interact with another human being. I can reserve all my consuming for home and sometimes my work cubicle (haha). And there I prefer to use my iPad or Mac or Apple tv. I hope Apple remembers people like you and me someday.
  6. JPack macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2017
    It's more reasonable to expect Apple to offer products that most people want.
  7. sdwaltz macrumors 6502a

    Apr 29, 2015
    The 4.7" phone IS the small phone. The 3 people who want something smaller simply are not profitable for Apple.

    Love it or leave it.
  8. subjonas macrumors 68000

    Feb 10, 2014
    Soon the 5.8” phone will be the small phone.
  9. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Aside from this thread, there is _a lot_ more than three people who opted/wanted the SE. However, The SE was always meant to be a limited time offering from Apple. I don’t believe it was ever intended to be a refreshed iPhone model annually like the other models.
  10. JBGoode, Jan 11, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2019

    JBGoode macrumors regular


    Jun 16, 2018
    I read a brief article speculating that the Xr would have been more successful had it been a bit smaller. I would have scooped it up in a heartbeat if it was the same size as an 8 but as it stands am on the fence because of its size. I wonder how many 7/8s have been sold in the last few months that might have been Xr purchases if not for the size. I think 4 inch phones might be dead, but believe that there might still be a considerable market for new model, non-phablet phones that don't cost a thousand dollars. Apple doesn't seem to want to make them so we may never know.
  11. MacFather, Jan 11, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2019

    MacFather macrumors 6502a


    Mar 16, 2012
    That's what we need. By shrinking the overall size of the "notch" that houses Apple's TrueDepth camera system it's doable. Definitely doable next year.

  12. actcyclist macrumors regular


    Jun 10, 2017
    I've got a fresh SE sitting a box ready for when my current SE gets too old- so I'm OK for a few years.
    The good thing is there is nothing, absolutely, nothing that has come out in phones since 2016 that I feel like I'm missing out on.
    Hopefully the Apple Watch, or other brand, completely takes over needing a phone in a few years.
  13. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Just a tip: You might want to keep your new SE that you haven’t used charged regularly, just sitting in a box like that over the course of time, the lithium ion battery will degrade and may not recover if it’s not used. It really depends on when you purchased it and how long it will be sitting until you plan on using it.

  14. balaplus macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2017
    Since Apple wants to move into services, this is what they will ultimately do - a smaller XR / SE2 potentially with integrated touch ID to cover all bases.
    The top-end models will remain at sky-high prices.
  15. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I partially disagree. Yes, I think it’s very feasible that Apple could really use a smaller version of the XR, and if they do, I don’t see it retaining touch ID, I think face ID would be the continuum. And the reason for that is, I think Apple wants to leave behind touch ID all together, and then keeping it or updating it again, is going to do nothing more than confuse what Tim Cook said, which was ‘Face ID is there a future’ moving forward.
  16. RodDavies macrumors regular


    Sep 7, 2014
    The FACT they don't sell them now should tell you something. Not sure WHY you expect, WHAT, a Press Release formally announcing they ain't. Did they issue a Press Release saying they are ONLY going to sell large format phones now, as they ACTUALLY do?

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