Rumor: An iPhone SE successor is in the works, to be unveiled in late August


Edit: The original version of this article incorrectly stated that the iPhone SE's initial U.S. prices started from $499, instead of $399. We apologize for any confusion this might have caused.

The iPhone SE sure is a strange beast: while its bigger, mainline siblings most certainly overshadow it in terms of popularity, the tiny beast has quietly amassed a dedicated following. In fact, a recent customer satisfaction survey put the SE at the very top of its list, while our own poll on the matter showed a surprising 84 percent of our own readers would like to see a 2017 refresh. Or in other words, users love it.

So we imagine quite a few defeated sighs were emitted when word spread around of Chinese analyst Pan Jiutang's predictions that a successor isn't coming any time soon. But not all hope is lost just yet — French website iGeneration claims its sources indicate exactly the opposite, and an iPhone SE successor is actually coming fairly soon.

Or to be more exact, at the end of August: apparently Apple is spreading out its fall device launch window this year, and will be holding two separate events for its new phones. Late August will see the launch of the SE2 (or whatever it's actually going to be called), while the iPhone 8 will be pushed to October. Curiously, there is no mention of both the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus.

A possible price in Europe was also mentioned: €399, down from the original SE's €489. This would be good news for European customers, as the original SE had a significant markup in the region. But for U.S. consumers, the price will likely remain the same: $399 for the base 32 GB model.

Of course, you'd be forgiven for not blindly trusting this rumor: it comes from an unnamed source for a relatively unknown website, which also makes sure to call for a grain of salt. However, it's worth noting that iGeneration has been right on a number of occasions in the past, like the time it revealed the existence of the 6th-gen iPod touch, for example. But given the original SE's success, it certainly would make sense for Apple to want to release a successor, so for now we choose to remain cautiously optimistic.

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16 Comments

1. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

I don't think it'll pan out. If it does, hooray for the compact phone users. However I don't believe it'll work this time around if the design is same as the 5S.

5. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Why would apple release the se so close to the ip8 launch, knowing that it could eat into sales of their new flagship.

8. antifanboyism

Posts: 57; Member since: Jun 20, 2017

Who knows apple will release it or not . Phonearena also said will release SE2 at WWDC . That happened no . It's just a rumor and a unnamed tip

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7165; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I think we have to all wait for when Apple can rid of their current stock of iPhone SE's, and then they can push another version. As it is right now we are currently seeing so many BOGO deals for the iPhone SE's. Buy an iPhone 6s, or 7 and get a free iPhone SE. They are all over the place with carrier's pushing those deals. Apple loves pushing the same models over and over again. Just look at the iPhone 6, 6s, and 7, and in the fall we will see the iPhone 7s. It's Apple's way to keep getting the same flagship prices for tiny iterations.

12. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

It actually makes a lot of sense, because when Apple released the original SE (I believe it was around March of 2016), it ate into the sales of the 6S and 6S Plus since it featured mostly the same internal hardware as those devices just in a smaller, cheaper package. I'm guessing that this new SE would feature the same internals as the iPhone 7 instead of the new 8, therefore it wouldn't eat into the new flagship sales because it won't feature the latest and greatest hardware. "This would most probably translate to $400 in U.S. currency — a highly competitive price, considering the SE's initial $500 price tag stateside." Also, PA is wrong: the iPhone SE launched with a $399 price tag in the US. That's why so many people were buying them. The price was more in Europe than in the US. https://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-iPhone-SE-price-release-date-and-country-availability_id79487

14. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Iphone se was released by apple to boost iphone sale and generate profit which was declining due to weaker demand for iphone at that time. The iPhone sales between January 2016 and june 2016 were less than that of 2015. Iphone se provided a boost to iphone's sale. It was more important. If iphone 6s were as successful as iphone 6, apple wouldn't have released iphone se. Considering se is popular in developing countries like India, apple will definitely release se2 to lure them again.

16. techbuttcheex

Posts: 203; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

The only reason I can think is that the iP8 and SE markets are very different, and Apple will have a limited stock of iP8 through the end of the year anyway.

13. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 715; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Why not? If it would have the dual speaker system. Plus a front speaker similar to 7 plus. With a dual camera setup on the 5SE successor. And an improved battery capacity. Why not?

2. antifanboyism

Posts: 57; Member since: Jun 20, 2017

It's necessary for apple to release SE2 with same 1.2 mp front camera in order to expose apple biased sites because when other manufacturers release phones with 8 mp front camera they say resolution is low but when apple does the same thing they shut they mouths . Apple dont worry because there are still people that are blind as before for apple .

3. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

New iPod Touch or new with cheaper iPhone SE would be better.

4. HillaryClinton2020

Posts: 191; Member since: Feb 08, 2017

iPhone SE will released as iPhone 6 hybrid instead of thethis

6. UglyFrank

Posts: 2192; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Imagine they release this just to make the analysts seem wrong Good on them, do it for the people

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

SE2 release is too close to the main flagship release period. Rumored release date doesn't seem to be legit enough.

9. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

It'll still sell like hotcakes because of the logo.

10. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

I hope they increase the size a lil bit and stick with a 5s like design.

15. domfonusr

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Hope this is true. Maybe the original iPhone SE will become cheaper afterward.

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