iPhone SE Makes Third Appearance on Apple's Clearance Store at $249—Act Fast

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has replenished stock of the iPhone SE on its online clearance store for the third time this month. These are brand new, unopened, and unlocked models starting at $249 in the United States. Availability dwindled very quickly in the each of the first two times the iPhone SE was added, so act fast.


    Apple is offering the iPhone SE with 32GB of storage for $249 and with 128GB for $299 in Silver, Space Gray, Gold, and Rose Gold. Tech specs include a 4-inch Retina display, A9 chip, Touch ID, 12-megapixel rear camera, and 3.5mm headphone jack.

    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.

    (Thanks, Bob!)

    Article Link: iPhone SE Makes Third Appearance on Apple's Clearance Store at $249--Act Fast
  2. yaxomoxay macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2010
  3. HappyDude20 macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca
    If the SE had 3D Touch I would easily consider it as Apple’s best phone.

    Either way, it’s an incredibly fast and reliable phone, at a perfect size and great price.
  4. Glideslope macrumors 603


    Dec 7, 2007
    A quiet place in NY.
    So much for Tim's basement. Must have had a bunch in The Steve Jobs Theater Bunker. ;)
  5. Relentless Power, Jan 31, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2019

    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Test three initiated. This is remotely strange by Apple with these three separate clearance launches. I hope the SE is revived in some form or another. These are the products that deliver diversity for those who don’t want a larger phone.
  6. dmylrea macrumors 68030


    Sep 27, 2005
    How long before an upcoming iOS version won't be compatible with the aging A9 chip? I don't see much life left in these, in the long run...
  7. Glideslope macrumors 603


    Dec 7, 2007
    A quiet place in NY.
    IMO, yes. :apple:
  8. Silver Idaten macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2015
    Stratford, CT
    I GOT IT I ****ING FINALLY GOT IT WOOOOOOO! 128GB in Space Gray!

    What's funny is that I ordered a 64GB iPhone SE from an eBay seller basically new in box and it's arriving today because I didn't think this would happen again. Whoops. I guess I'll have to sell that privately now.

    I'm just happy because I just missed the first two times.
  9. sracer macrumors G3


    Apr 9, 2010
    They know what the demand is for the SE. They have a few years of actual sales data to analyze and forecast.
  10. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    They do? @yaxomoxay asked a solid question and provokes thought what exactly is Apple’s intention with these ‘mini clearance’ launches. Then can you explain why Apple discontinued the SE if they have a full understanding for those who actually liked this device? Because I don’t think Apple does know the demand, and I think they underestimated this phone when it launched three years back.
  11. Mac 128 macrumors 603

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015
    Just got two 128GB. Finally. And just when I was getting a ‘storage is full’ message on my 64GB.

    Now I’m kind of hoping they don’t update it in March or April!
  12. ryanwarsaw macrumors 68020


    Apr 7, 2007
    Wow it truly is the McRib of the phone business. Act fast-to buy a seriously old phone. Pure genius to make something with little demand into something highly sought after.
  13. tridley68 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 28, 2014
    Got to get rid of thoes old outdated parts to make room for the new i phones.
  14. dumastudetto macrumors 68040

    Aug 28, 2013
    Yes and iOS 13 is going to age the SE very badly given what's expected this year.
  15. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    They know _what_ the demand is. That doesn't mean the demand is high.
  16. Remy149 macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2016
    Seems like they are trying to get rid of inventory. It’s hard to gauge interest when a product is being sold for such a low price
  17. LordVic macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2011
    I'm more willing to bet a cache of unsold stock that they had returned from vendors.

    I doubt Apple is opening up supply chain/ manufacturing for such low volumes of SE's judging by how fast they've sold.

    Selling them off this way helps as well prevent an inventory write off should they sit too long in inventory without being sold. Inventory write ofs have massive affects on a companies bottom line.
  18. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    I dont get it, are they testing the waters to see if people would be interested in an SE2? The answer is HECK YES

    Just release the dang thing already stop shunning your greatest fans
  19. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    No one said the demand ‘was high’ either way, the point that was brought up, is it seems Apple is underestimating the category for those appreciate smaller devices, similarly to how the iPad mini has not been revived either. These smaller devices easily have a place in Apples product line, and the SE is just one example of that.
  20. nope7308 macrumors 65816


    Oct 6, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    This is my primary concern as well. Not only that, but will future iOS updates essentially cripple the performance of the SE? With the exception of iOS 12, each update has had a negative effect on performance, even when usage hasn't changed.

    More generally, this isn't a great deal... it's 2016 hardware for $400 CAD + tax. I love the form factor, but let's not pretend this is a steal.
  21. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Always puzzled by people who have to jump in on these threads just to trash the iPhone SE.

    You'd think they'd be happy Apple are selling more units… no?

    Or is this some teenage male thing? Big, Bigger, **** Yeah Bestest!
  22. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Based on what? The phone has much better single-core performance than the Galaxy S8.

    It's still an extremely capable device, regardless of its age. Unless Apple seriously drop the ball on software optimisation, there's no reason it shouldn't run iOS 13 smoothly.
  23. EssModelsRule macrumors regular

    Dec 28, 2017
    I noticed Verizon had stock of 32GB space grey models online yesterday (at full price), and they’ve been completely out of stock for months before that I believe. This clearance sale is just weird. Hope it means a smaller iPhone is somewhere in the pipeline.
  24. LordVic macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2011
    who the heck is trashing the SE? sounds like you're making up a boogey man for some reason.

    the most noticable trend in this thread is people who WANT more SE. want an SE2 and want an updated form factor for it. If anything these threads are people begging for more SE like goodness.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 31, 2019 ---
    that'll depend if iOS13 is more like iOS12, or iOS11. iOS11 was terrible on any device I had it on.. iOS12 has been much MUCH better (including an SE).

    the problem is, we just don't know till iOS13 comes out.
  25. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Oh hello. Have a read. Do.

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