iPhone SE 2 Predicted to Be Discontinued as Rumors Remain All Over the Map [Update: Corrected]

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Update: BlueFin Research has informed MacRumors that the research note that was obtained and shared by Barron's was misinterpreted.

    It did not refer to the discontinuation of the iPhone SE, but rather suggested Apple has nixed plans to produce a second-generation iPhone SE, which has been called the "iPhone SE 2" in rumors. BlueFin Research did not mention the original iPhone SE model in its note and the information pertains solely to the iPhone SE 2.

    Original article:
    Apple might discontinue the iPhone SE in the third quarter of 2018, at least according to BlueFin Research analysts John Donovan and Steve Mullane.


    If accurate, the prediction suggests Apple will stop selling the iPhone SE in September, when it is widely expected to release a second-generation iPhone X, a tentatively named iPhone X Plus, and an all-new 6.1-inch iPhone, the latter of which is more or less expected to be a budget iPhone X.

    In that case, the iPhone 7 would likely shuffle down the lineup to become Apple's lowest priced smartphone, taking over the $449 price point currently held by the iPhone 6s, which is also likely to be discontinued in September.

    It's worth noting that Donovan and Mullane do not appear to cite any sources behind their prediction, so their guess is as good as anyone's. We've reached out to the research firm for clarification, and we'll update if we hear back.

    The fate of the iPhone SE has become increasingly uncertain as time goes on, as the current model has not been updated since it was first released in March 2016, beyond gaining larger storage capacities of 32GB and 128GB in March 2017. The device also received a price cut, from $399 to $349, last September.

    iPhone SE rumors have been all over the map. Multiple reports claimed that a second-generation model would be released in the first half of 2018, but oft-accurate Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo cast doubt on those rumors. Kuo was right, as WWDC capped off the first half of 2018 with no iPhone SE refresh in sight.

    Beyond timing, rumors have also conflicted about the design and features of a new iPhone SE, should there ever be one. For the most part, expectations fall into two camps: one that expects a minor refresh, with a bump in tech specs, and another that expects a full redesign inspired by the iPhone X.

    A recent report claimed that Apple has prototyped several different iPhone SE models, including one with a notched display and no home button, while other prototypes are believed to have a similar design as the current iPhone SE, except with a glass back, presumably to allow for wireless charging.

    The two biggest draws of the iPhone SE are its smaller size, suitable for one-handed usage, and its lower price. It's hard to imagine the device having an iPhone X-esque design at this point without a significantly higher price tag, so we're more inclined to expect a relatively minor refresh if any.

    The current iPhone SE looks much like the iPhone 5s, including its smaller four-inch display, preferred by a subset of customers. The device is powered by Apple's A9 chip, like the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and it has 2GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel rear camera, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and Touch ID.

    We'd place our bets on a bump in tech specs that brings the iPhone SE internals more in line with the iPhone 8, should the device live on.

    Article Link: iPhone SE 2 Predicted to Be Discontinued as Rumors Remain All Over the Map [Update: Corrected]
  2. seatton macrumors 6502a


    Nov 7, 2013
    Seattle, WA
    To me the design looks a bit outdated. They should at least look like iPhone 6/7/8.
  3. 2percentslim Suspended

    Jul 9, 2018
    Hahaha remember that MobileFun/Olixar "leak"? Yeah....
  4. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    I expect it to remain and be a spec bump rather than a major redesign, but at this rate I am guessing it will be a "One More Thing" at the end of the September iPhone Event unless they do a separate iPad event and toss it in there.
  5. pradeepbabloo macrumors member


    Mar 1, 2016
    4" replaced by 6.1" phone? Thats so so wrong. SE with iPhone X style screen would have been really good.
  6. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    I wish they’d stop thinking that the 6.1” LCD is the replacement to the SE. That’s not true in either size or price.
  7. Dilster3k macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2014
    Why is this a surprise? That's a 2012 design packed with 2015's technology in 2018... Are they really doing us a favor?
  8. DTphonehome macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2003
    Sure, discontinue the most widely-loved iPhone model. :rolleyes:
  9. GCHASE1995 macrumors 6502


    Jul 4, 2015
    My dad got my old 64GB model. When I updated to the 128GB model. Best iPhone I’ve ever owned.
  10. pmore macrumors regular


    Jul 4, 2018
    Just a spec bump would be nice.

    That iPhone 5 design still look great. :eek:
  11. Le Big Mac macrumors 68030

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Not hard to believe the *current* SE will be discontinued. . . doesn't tell us much about whether there's a new SE (maybe with a different name/form factor) on the way.
  12. Brenster macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2008
    I’d imagine the SE has been a good entry level iPhone for teens and others. Why wife adores hers, having upgraded from a 5s 16GB when she could no linger live with so little storage. Dropping in an A10 chip and I’d imagine there is still life and selling potential in the form factor. I offered my wife my old 6s 128GB for free when I got my X; she wanted to stop with her SE. I suspect she’s not alone.
  13. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    The Mac mini is a 2010 design packed with 2014's technology in 2018... So there's at least another year before the iPhone SE gets discontinued? ;)
  14. MacBorn, Jul 10, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2018

    MacBorn macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2016
    Sad and greatly disappointed. I still have a 5s that works decent other than the battery. Was hoping to upgrade to a SE2. Didn't want to upgrade to a more than 2 year old SE. And definitely not a fan of the bigger phones. And I don't consider the SE a budget phone... Sigh
  15. AMTYVLE macrumors 6502


    Sep 23, 2014
    This kind of wants to make me buy an SE right now before they are gone forever... :eek:
  16. killawat macrumors 65816

    Sep 11, 2014
    If the iPhone 8 is eventually phased out and we only have a bevy of iPhone X style displays then hopefully the iPhone SE will remain to provide Touch ID. I am not interested in Face ID, though I know I can't hold out forever.
  17. geoff5093 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2014
    Dover, NH
    Matte metal over glossy glass any day.
  18. mudflap macrumors 6502


    Aug 24, 2007
    I will miss that form factor. The rounded edges from the iPhone 6-on look beautiful but the edges of the SE allow for an infinitely more secure grip.
  19. DrumApple macrumors 6502a

    Jan 30, 2009
    I'd also place my money on some internal spec updates. The SE size market is still large, for people who like smaller devices and for those who want budget prices. They'd be foolish to kill it off completely.
  20. itsmilo macrumors 68020


    Sep 15, 2016
    Props to people who can still use this tiny thing. I picked mine up the other day and holy the tiny keyboard drove me mad.
  21. qawes macrumors 6502


    Jun 27, 2010
    And that's a strong statement of good design and functionality.

    I use this model and can't see myself upgrading to a bigger phone. It's small, tasteful and discrete. Oh, and if I happen to drop it, I can buy another + a pair of AirPods for the price of a X's repair.
  22. kahkityoong macrumors 6502


    Jan 31, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    To me the design looks way more classy than the tacky looking iPhones 6/7/8 which seem almost indistinguishable from any other number of brands.
  23. Danoc, Jul 10, 2018
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2018
  24. Dave-Z macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2012
    A couple years ago I decided to give the Plus series a try with a iPhone 7 Plus. I love the portrait-mode camera and I like that in landscape Safari gives me actual tabs.

    But I don't like the thing in my pocket. It's too big and heavy. I was planning to get an iPhone SE 2 because when I'm out I don't need a large screen; this rumour is disappointing.

    Seriously Apple, just put an A11 in the current model and call it a day. Everyone will be happy.
  25. Bswails macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2016
    Damn I was hoping Apple would maybe change the back to glass and keep the same body of the SE..maybe Apple will revisit that design down the road

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