iPhone SE Display Parts Constrained, Apple May Do Full Device Replacements Instead of Repairs [Updated]

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Display repair components for the iPhone SE are in short supply at Apple Stores right now, so customers who need their iPhone SE display fixed may receive a replacement device instead.

    According to a retail source that shared the news with MacRumors, employees have been told that display parts are constrained until further notice, and it's not known how long it will be until display components are more widely available. Stores that have no display repair components on hand will outright replace iPhone SE models in need of repair.


    The reason behind the component constraint is unclear, as Apple did not provide details to employees.

    Supply constraints are not likely indicative of an imminent refresh because no new iPhone SE model is expected. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who often shares reliable information on upcoming Apple products, Apple will not introduce a new iPhone SE during the first half of 2017.

    Apple also recently bumped up the storage space in the iPhone SE, offering the iPhone SE in 32 and 128GB capacities for $399 and $499, respectively.

    It isn't yet clear if Apple is planning on introducing another 4-inch device, or if the SE was the last 4-inch phone Apple plans to produce. Kuo's information only covered the first half of 2017, so if another 4-inch phone is in the works, it could come later in the year.

    Update: According to a second source, the serial numbers for the displays weren't added to Apple's system correctly, so the displays were unable to be validated. All affected displays were pulled and sent back to Apple, impacting much of the stock at most retail stores.

    Some flagship stores have been getting rerouted shipments and will be able to offer repairs.

    Article Link: iPhone SE Display Parts Constrained, Apple May Do Full Device Replacements Instead of Repairs [Updated]
  2. Relentless Power macrumors G5

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    If true, This is actually really good news for one of the best iPhones on the market for the current price point. Perhaps it cost more to repair it versus then it does replace it, being when you factor in the overall $400.00 cost of the iPhone SE.
  3. Mad Mac Maniac, Apr 18, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2017

    Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    With the new budget iPad, I wouldn't be surprised if Apple continued updating the SE (or similar) line for the low cost market.

    Edit: That being said I don't expect an imminent update. I would see this being on a spring, every other year cycle. Spring cause it gives that season a bump (and it can deliver the 6 month old processor at a bargain). Every other year, because people shopping for this device wouldn't typically upgrade yearly.
  4. LordQ macrumors 68040


    Sep 22, 2012
    Man, the rose gold SE looks very, very, very beautiful.
  5. arkitect macrumors 601


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    It is.

    I compared a 2016 RG to a 2017 RG and, to my eyes the 2017 is just a tad more copper coloured, a nice improvement.
  6. bladerunner2000 macrumors 68000


    Jun 12, 2015
    Louis Rossmann breaks it down nicely about Apple and repairs;

  7. nwcs macrumors 65816


    Sep 21, 2009
    I'm hoping for an iPhone SE with 7s internals. That would be my new iPhone. Love my SE much more than I ever liked the iPhone 6.
  8. latweek macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2015
    device = another SE of the same color and model OR another version (non-SE, different color/moodel?)
  9. macTW macrumors 65816

    Oct 17, 2016
    Man. I get to use my hammer to get an iPad Air 2 instead of a fixed iPad 4, and now I can use it again to get a brand new iPhone SE?

    I wonder if Apple has stock in hammers...
  10. rhondaleebaby69 macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2017
    ugh....just seeing those bezels makes me want to hurl...
  11. mkoesel macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2005
    If demand for smaller easily-pocketable phones remains, I'd guess that a future (three years out, say) iPhone SE sized device will be offered with "iPhone 8"-like edge to edge 5" screen.
  12. itsmilo macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2016
    Highly doubtful to be what u suggest like 0% chance
  13. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
    Apple needs more suppliers? This may cost more.
  14. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    I think they keep the 4" device around. I am sure apple was shocked by the SE sales. There is still a ton of people, myself included, who want a phone. I shouldn't be limited to larger devices to have a new smartphone.
  15. Carmenia83 macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2012
    Must've finally used up all those 5S display panels lol
  16. Wildhope macrumors member


    Feb 6, 2017
    I would hope so. It's a great little phone.
  17. keysofanxiety macrumors 604


    Nov 23, 2011
    Personally a fingerprint scanner on the back of a phone makes me want to hurl. Each to their own, though; the difference is, you won't see us moaning about that on Android forums.

    Regardless: welcome to the forum, Join date: Today, Messages: 1.
  18. fourfour44 macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2010
    I really hope they keep something in that size. When my wife had an iPhone 6 she dropped in numerous times and had to get the screen replaced. When the SE came out we just replaced it with that and she's been fine with it, just as she was with the iPhone 5. I don't know what we're going to do if they don't keep a line of smaller phones, even if the internals are a few revisions behind.
  19. Relentless Power macrumors G5

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Oh I know, right? Who would buy this iPhone with those horribly large bezels. What a travesty an iPhone. /S.

    I think the iPhone SE proves otherwise for its popularity in size over bezels.
  20. hybrid_x macrumors regular


    Jan 5, 2004
    Teh Interwebz
    I ❤️ my SE.

    Bigger phones just don't add any value for me.
  21. nibfiledotcom macrumors newbie


    May 3, 2015
    Columbus, OH, USA
    Funny you should say that, because the lack of a bezel is far more likely to cause discomfort, as it can negatively impact your perception of visual information.

    It's the same reason that we prefer to see pictures in frames... the visual separation between the image and its background makes it easier for the brain to process what it's seeing. It's probably not something that you'll notice in the first five minutes of looking at a bezel-free display, but it can definitely make your brain work harder to process what you're seeing.

    Hopefully, Apple takes this into account, and re-adds that visual separation in software, within the UI of iOS and the layout of views in the SDK.
  22. GrumpyMom macrumors 601


    Sep 11, 2014
    I don't have enough time to view that whole thing but I saw up to the part about the iPhone home button. It's quite eye opening. Thanks for sharing.

    I can't say I've had any Apple products go bad prematurely until this year. I think my iPad mini 4 is acting up. My husband says my iPhone 7Plus may need a closer look, too. Sigh.
  23. iReality85 macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2008
    Albany, NY
    Still one of the best looking iPhones Apple has made.
  24. latweek macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2015
    Didn't "suggest", rather "inquired", thus the "?"

    I was referencing the squishy word "device".
  25. nibfiledotcom macrumors newbie


    May 3, 2015
    Columbus, OH, USA
    It's the best design Apple ever created for a "smartphone," per se. The width of that device was specifically chosen to be comfortable in, and operable with, the average human hand. The choice to make them bigger was purely market driven. The newer devices at larger sizes are better for watching video, reading books, and accommodating larger hands; but for general usage— making a phone call, using an app, sticking it back in your pocket— you can't beat that 4" form factor... it just feels awesome. I would also posit that it has a more "luxury" oriented aesthetic than the 6/7 design.

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