After the announcement of the iPhone X R X S and X S Max, one thing was noticeably absent at Apple's September 12 event – the iPhone SE 2, the long-awaited upgrade to the 2016 niche and yet popular 4-inch model. Apple not only has no obvious plans for an update, it has also officially dropped the SE from its online store. Looking for a small iPhone that offers a punch? You may have to try the iPhone 7.
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The iPhone SE was not just a small phone (though it really was). What made the device remarkable was its fittings. Apple put the same chip from the iPhone 6S – the A9 – into a 4-inch device. That way, users did not have to sacrifice so much when they wanted something smaller than the 6S or 6S Plus. This also allowed owners to use Apple Pay, where the next-oldest 4-inch device, the 5S, failed.
Most SE Choice at Apple Right Now? The iPhone 7
Look at the numbers – with the release of the iPhone X R X S and X S Max, the iPhone 7 starts now at only $ 449, only $ 100 more than an iPhone SE costs at Verizon Wireless. This price point brings you the cheapest iPhone, which you can buy directly in the smallest form factor of Apple.
Sure, the iPhone 8 is the same size, but it costs $ 150 more and does not have as many color options as the 7 (though Apple with Jet Black gone). In addition, you may even be able to buy an iPhone 7 for less when you buy from Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart and other retailers.
A 4.7-inch display may not strike four inches for the little cell phone enthusiast, but it's the best you'll get if you're not an iPhone SE from a dealer other than Apple or a second hand out one buy used store online or in person.
The iPhone SE runs iOS 12, but it probably will not run iOS 13 next year, and it runs iOS 12 slower than any other device that can support the operating system. To continue this point, the iPhone 7 A10 chip is 40% faster than the A9 found in the SE. This increase in form factor does not come without its benefits.
At the end of the day, fans craving a new 4-inch iPhone will have to face the facts – small phones are a thing of the past, at least for now. The 6.1-inch XR seems to be Apple's game for the midrange market – if you can call 749 "Midrange" – in a clear show that big phones are the way of the immediate future.
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All hope is not lost
We can not see the future, and we do not know what Apple is cooking – the iPhone SE originally in Released in March 2016, six months after the release of the 6s and 6s Plus. Maybe Apple plans a similar version for the SE 2 and packs the A12 chip of the iPhone 8 A11 or even 2018 in a familiar 4-inch case.
We will not know until March comes next year. Until then, you can keep your eyes on all the SE 2 rumors that are passing by (but we will not blame you for doing so from a brand new iPhone 7).