Apple may not launch a new iPhone SE in early 2017

Apple may not launch a new iPhone SE in early 2017
Released in March this year, the iPhone SE is a pretty unusual smartphone: it sports a 4-inch screen (that's very small for today's standards) and yet it's as powerful as an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, thanks to Apple's A9 processor. The iPhone SE is also Apple's cheapest smartphone to date, being offered for prices starting at $399.

Usually, Apple refreshes its iPhone models after one year, but things may be different with the iPhone SE. 

According to AppleInsider, which quotes renowned KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (who is often right when it comes to Apple's plans), the Cupertino giant is unlikely to release a successor to the iPhone SE before the end of March 2017. Reportedly, this is because Apple wants consumers to buy more high-end iPhones - which are more expensive, obviously boosting the company's profits faster.

Earlier this year, Tim Cook said that demand for the iPhone SE was considerably higher than Apple had anticipated. With that in mind, we assume that the handset's relatively low price and its potent hardware will still make it somewhat relevant in 2017. However, this doesn't necessarily mean we won't see a new iPhone SE in 2017, though it looks like it's going to happen later than you'd expect.

Do you think you will want to buy a (powerful) 4-inch iPhone sometime next year? Let us know in the comments below!


source: AppleInsider

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  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1624 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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25 Comments

1. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2429; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I think there is a considerable market for compact phones. There are definitely a lot of people out there that may not want a 5 inch or bigger device. And there are not of high end devices offered for those people. So, whether you love or hate Apple, the fact that Apple is offering high end hardware into a compact device is giving incentive for others to follow suit.

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Isn't it funny...? About 12 years ago, this: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_770 An internet surfing gadget with a 4 INCH SCREEN was considered a... Wait for it... If you're a heart patient who also happens to favor 'Phablets', don't read any further... Cause its a SHOCKER...! Ready...? Okay, here goes... THIS 4 INCH GADGET WAS LABELED AND SOLD AS A "TABLET"... #MindBomb And interestingly enough, now people label The 4 Incher iPhone SE as "LITTLE MUNCHKIN"...??? Again, #MindBomb It certainly upsets me to see Android Flagships are now breaking the 5.2" Barrier... HTC 11 is rumored to possess a 5.5" Display... Galaxy S8 is also rumored to possess a 5.5" Display and might abandon the 5.2" Variant... And lets not talk about the GIGANTIC Mate 9 and Mi Mix (Meow) whose screen sizes are weirder than their names @ 6 bloody inches... Americanism, eh? Oh well, G'Day!

5. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Phone's screen size doesn't matter id phone is overall smaller (better screen to body ratio). For example iphone plus series might feel big with 5.5 inch display while S7 edge doesn't. If S8 fits bigger screen in similar size I don't see a issue.

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

That's what I think too. What matters is the overall size of a phone, not just it's screen size. The iPhone SE is as big as an Android phone packing a 4.3-inch scree. I'll rather get the phone which packs the bigger screen while maintaining a smaller size overall. The LG G2 and G3 were excellent at that!

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7430; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You know what is funny. Is people like you trying to do a sales pitch on Apples tiny @$$ phone. Especially when we are in 2016. Anyone with half a brain would realize that there are other smartphones that offer a lot more. Not to mention every other OEMs except Apple makes a smartphone with a HD display or higher. The other major thing to consider is a display is the main interface to interact with, and the vast majority prefer a larger display to work with, period. There was no mention that Apple dropped the price of their 64gb iPhone SE by $50. If it was such a bargain and a really great deal. The Apple would have never dropped the price of this tiny phone. G'Day!

19. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2429; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

In the quarter in which the iPhone SE launched, Apple sold 40 million iPhones with the iPhone SE comprising of 10 million of those sales. So, there is definitely a market out there.

22. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

There just isn't a market for them here in PA

24. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Why the heck should I care if other phones offer more if my SE does everything I expect and want from it exceptionally well

11. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2429; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The Nokia 770 was labeled a tablet because that's what it was: a tablet. Had nothing to do with the screen size. It was literally an internet device with a stylus. Didn't even make phone calls. So I don't see how that's relevant. Amazon has a fire tablet with a 6 inch screen which is the same as some phones but it's called a tablet because it doesn't have phone capabilities. Also, the Nokia 770 was 5.5 x 3.1 inches in dimension compared to 4.87 x 2.31 inches of the iPhone SE. To put that into perspective, the iPhone 7 with its 4.7 inch display is still only 5.44 x 2.34 inches in its dimensions.

15. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

'Compact phones' doesn't mean puny display. In iPhone 5/5S/SE body easily could fit 4.3'' display.

2. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

So they decided to abandon Steve Jobs design this time? ;(

3. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"abandon" That word doesn't mean what you think it means........

13. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

WOW! I was hopping some of you or PA to figure out why. But all of you fail. So again I have to explain: Apple can not make a SE sequel, because SE is already sequel(same design and body end almost everything) of two old models. Cheap way to make it. With profit they want. But to make it again, Apple have to change the whole design and all production line. That's not profitable for Apple. Because the sequel of SE have to be a bit cheaper that the flagship, like SE was. Right? But that's not Apple way. Here you have it!

16. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

It's called greedy Why make something for their lower income fans.

14. lyndon420

Posts: 6822; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

They may rebrand it as the Steve Edition and hope Steve doesn't notice the ½" bump in screen size.

6. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I think it is powerful enough for things you do on 4 inch device. There is not that high to make new device I guess.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31280; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple, just focus on the big bad 8/Plus. Load it up with Note like features, combined with iOS. We need a killer device next year.

9. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

I bought the SE last week. It's an amazing phone with top specs and perfect size and design. My original plan was to buy Sony's new compact phone, but the X Compact and other Sony phones this year are underwhelming.

20. libra89

Posts: 2290; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Great decision! Hope you continue to enjoy that SE. Tried the X Compact recently and it's nice but the SE is better in low light situations.

12. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

And there I was expecting them to release an iphone 7se in a iphone 3g case with a brand new processor and a blinding 4 inch 720p RETINA display. Phonearena score - 9.6

17. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

They need to drop a new SE with the iPhone 8 and have all of the features in it that the larger iPhones have, if that means waiting until September, so be it.

18. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

IPhone SE is a good phone

21. Rangerboy505

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 09, 2016

I wish they'd add 4G capability, I don't have great LTE and being stuck on 3G is bulls**t. And I have screen lag on occasion, but gaming wise it's a champ... But if they pull the headphone jack and physical home button I'll call it quits, feels funny without a button.

23. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

seeing the time gap between i5s and iSE, it's normal to assume that they wont release iSE this year... even if they release iSE(2017), iSE(2016) owner won't have any reason to upgrade, because iSE specs is more than enough to drive that 640p screen... and those i5s or older iPhone owner can just get iSE(2016) if they want to upgrade

25. liviaemily_6

Posts: 25; Member since: Aug 15, 2016

Well this iPhone would not be called 'Special Edition' if it were updated every year, now would it?

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