Apple iPhone SE 2 rumored to feature glass back for wireless charging capabilities

Apple iPhone SE 2 rumored to feature glass back for wireless charging capabilities
A new report published today says that the Apple iPhone SE 2, the rumored sequel to the iPhone SE, will come with some new features. The model is said to include a glass back so that it can offer optional wireless charging to users of the device. This would allow the lower priced model to join the three 2017 iPhone units, all of which have glass backs and support wireless charging.

On China's weibo messaging board, someone posted an image that claims to show several back panels belonging to the iPhone SE 2. Also in that picture, you can see a document that refers to the back panels as being made of glass. Metal backs tend to interfere with the wireless charging technology. We do need to keep in mind that Apple has not officially announced the iPhone SE 2.

One rumor has the iPhone SE 2 launching with a 4 to 4.2-inch display, powered by the same A10 Fusion SoC used on the Apple iPhone 7. That chipset features a quad-core CPU. There will be two variants with one carrying 32GB of native storage, and the other model coming with 128GB of storage. A 1700mAh battery will keep the lights on, and there will be 2GB of RAM inside. The camera combo should weigh in at 12MP and 5MP from back to front, respectively. It would seem that iOS 11.x will be pre-installed.

The Apple iPhone SE 2 could be priced in the neighborhood of $400. Previous speculation had the phone launching in the first half of this year.

These back panels are allegedly for the iPhone SE 2 and are listed as being made from glass in the document behind them

These back panels are allegedly for the iPhone SE 2 and are listed as being made from glass in the document behind them


source: weibo via Tekz24

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26 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2155; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Hmm interesting if true. That would make sense for all of Apple's newest phones to have wireless charging. Glass or not, I'm getting one when it eventually decides to make an appearance!

6. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

They just went to glass because it's easy to break. In addition, iPhones were notorious for harder repairability. You'll buy another one in case if it breaks.

17. tokuzumi

Posts: 1759; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Iphone 4 and 4s were glass sandwiches. The biggest issue with those phones was the whole "antenna gate" debacle. But you were just holding it wrong. I'm sure plenty of glass panels were damaged with those phones, but the phones were easy to repair. Now everything is held together with so much glue for water resistance, it makes repairs more difficult and expensive.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30687; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This would undo a little or the fragmentation, Apple was never supposed to have. I say go for it.

3. EC112987

Posts: 1211; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

My favorite iPhone model. The small iPhone is the most productive of them all. I'd definitely get the SE2.

5. cmdacos

Posts: 3778; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Productive?

10. Sania

Posts: 97; Member since: Nov 04, 2017

Perhaps he means making phonecall and texting whole day... despite the throttling afterwards

15. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I can do everything on my SE with one hand, that alone makes it more productive for me than any other model I really hope they fit bigger screen into the same sized chassis, it's perfect for now. But A10 sounds a bit weak considering it would be 2 years between the two iterations, A10 is perfectly capable and even A9 on SE can do anything you throw at it but it would be just nice to be on par with newest models. Can't wait, SE is the best smartphone that came out in recent years IMO

23. domfonusr

Posts: 1025; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Yep, I definitely like the iPhone SE. Best iPhone you can get for the money, and I like my phones on the small side.

4. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2235; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I'm not sure why it wouldn't come with the latest A11 chipset, considering when the iPhone SE launched it came with the A9 chipset which was the latest at that time. The cost savings comes from using the same screen they've had for years and the same design.

22. domfonusr

Posts: 1025; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I hope they do whatever it takes to keep the prices low, even if that means putting a year-and-a-half-old SoC in it. The A9 does fine already for a mid-range phone.

24. sgodsell

Posts: 6654; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Apple has to get rid of their stock pile of older SoCs. So what better way than to make a new phone with older components.

26. domfonusr

Posts: 1025; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Why not? It is far better than wasting the parts, or even recycling them. And if that brings the cost down enough, then we get an iPhone SE 2 that can sell on a carrier like Cricket for $200 or less, and still performs like a mid-ranger Android phone (though without so many features and customizability, neither of which I really need, and yet relatively buttery-smooth in operation as I have seen on other people's iPhones, which is nice, but also not necessary for me). Better yet, let them start buying cheap chips from MediaTek for the modems and other internals... that would certainly reduce production costs (probably a decided sacrifice in quality, though), and yet as long as they still have the standard PowerVR GPU's, they'll still run smooth... at least for the first year, though a low-to-moderate user like me is likely to get two days out of a single charging cycle, and so the battery will degrade slower than that of someone who is a power user and thus has to charge their iPhone every night. When I join the workforce, and have some disposable cash, I wouldn't mind spending a couple hundred bucks on a cheaper iPhone, though I would likely spend half of that on an Android phone instead. I don't need the power features of Android, nor do I need the smoothness of iOS, but Android has an edge with low cost for decent quality... though that depends on one's definition of decent quality (my bar for quality may be a little lower than that of some others).

7. domfonusr

Posts: 1025; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I was looking forward to seeing the SE 2, but I'm having second thoughts. I liked the metal backing on the original SE, glass backs are just another component that can break easily, and cost more money to fix or replace, and making that sacrifice for something I don't really need (wireless charging) seems like a steep price to pay. Chances are it will be more expensive than the original SE, too, which would make the new SE 2 even more out of reach than the old SE. I suppose that is the strategy that will likely work for Apple, becoming the quintessential luxury brand for mobile phones, and mean more money for them, but it will box out someone like me. Oh well, I guess... Out of one side of my mouth, I want to say: "Thank you, Steve Jobs, for single-handedly bringing the smartphones into the modern era!" Out of the other side of my mouth, I will also say: "Curse you, Steve Jobs, for making all the smartphones have to imitate the iPhone form-factor in order to survive, and then suing all of the other manufacturers for trying to make theirs look and act like the iPhone!"

11. sgodsell

Posts: 6654; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

"for making all the smartphones have to imitate the iPhone form-factor in order to survive, and then suing all of the other manufacturers for trying to make theirs look and act like the iPhone!" What rock were you hiding under? For years Apple had the same 3.5" iPhone. Then they went to 4" and stayed there until 2014 with the iPhone 6. Even Steve Jobs said nobody want or needs a smartphone with a display larger than 4" or with a resolution higher than Apples retina displays. Low and behold Apple went with larger displays and resolutions way past their retina displays. All of which was on Android smartphones for years. For years Apple said nobody needs a smartphone with more than 1 the of ram. iOS is more efficient than Android and iOS apps are more optimized. Then why go with 2gb of ram starting with the iPhone 6s. Android always had more ram in its smartphones in general. For the past 5 or more years Apple has been playing catch-up to Android. Both in hardware and software features and options.

18. domfonusr

Posts: 1025; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

You know what I'm talking about... the fact that almost every smartphone is the same flat slab (albeit with a little variation). I loved having many form factors to choose from for smartphones in the old days - the Nokia N75 was a flip phone, the Nokia E62 was an open-faced QWERTY slab, the Nokia N95 was an epic slider, the Nokia E90 was a fold-open communicator with full QWERTY, and so on. There used to be all types of form factors available in smartphones back then. And then the iPhone came along, and almost immediately everybody got into the flat slab craze... phones that didn't look like the iPhone failed miserably after that for years. Other OEM's that tried to make their product look like the iPhone, but didn't quite do it right (thinking of Nokia's 5800 Xpress Music and BlackBerry's Storm), got absolutely thrashed by consumers, who were pretty much demanding that if you make it, then make it like an iPhone. Average people started calling smartphones of any kind "iPhone's". Even the slide-out QWERTY smartphones went away in a matter of years, even though Android picked that up and ran with it in the Motorola DROID series. And now, ten years after the original iPhone, if you want a form factor other than the flat all-screen slab, you only have a few of choices, like the ZTE Axon M, or the BlackBerry KEYone, and they tend toward the expensive end of the spectrum. I think that sucks, in general.

13. fyah_king unregistered

Luxury brand, Apple? Lol

19. domfonusr

Posts: 1025; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Yep, luxury price for sure. And while many will argue that the iPhone's internals are not up to snuff, it is definitely interesting to see iPhones and Samsungs side by side... my brother recently got himself a Galaxy S8, after having had iPhones for years, and he was deeply disappointed within the first three months. His wife still has an iPhone 6s, wouldn't part with it. Now, he did not go back out and buy another iPhone... he has decided that he will try to get used to the Samsung Galaxy S8 for the next year or so, and see if he can stand the different behavior. So, yes, I have seen my brother's struggles to get what he needs out of something other than an iPhone, and his struggles are real enough. I am a witness to that. I have seen others struggle with this as well. I live in a region where iPhones have dominated for years, and people are just now beginning to discover new brands, like Samsung or Google, and many people struggle so much with the newer Android phones that they go back to Apple within a few months or a couple years. Personally I have never owned an iPhone, and may never own one, but I have seen what my friends and family talk about when they say their iPhones are so awesome. Then again, I have seen what it costs to get an iPhone, and I am always a bit dismayed that I can get an Android phone with all the basic capabilities I need for 15% of the price of the cheapest iPhone...

9. Zylam

Posts: 1769; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I hope it has 3D touch.

12. fyah_king unregistered

So, same ugly big bezels on the front?lol

21. domfonusr

Posts: 1025; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Are you kidding? I love the bezels... they give me something to hold on to without putting a finger on the screen itself. And, in my personal opinion, the bezels do look very nice, if I may say so.

14. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 269; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

hhmmmm, I think it's better off with a polycarbonate shell rather than glass back just like 5c.

20. domfonusr

Posts: 1025; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

If only plastic/polycarbonate iPhones cost a lot less than the all metal and glass iPhones... but no. The iPhone SE cost less at launch than the iPhone 5c did. That said, I think it would be better for a new SE 2 to go with something other than a glass back, for sure.

25. JC557

Posts: 1914; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I'd rather the texture of metal currently used on the iPhone SE but of course that won't allow for wireless charging at least easily. Just bump the size up a bit maybe to 4.3" (I found that size to be great when I had the Droid Razr M), use of the same processors found in the iPhone 8, same camera module with OIS, stronger speakers and a 3.5mm jack.

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