The iPhone SE 2 is not coming out this year... or ever

The iPhone SE 2 is not coming out this year... or ever
The iPhone SE 2 has been in limbo for quite some time now. Many people seem to want a successor to the ultra-compact SE, but Apple hasn't shown any real indication that it is working on a sequel. In fact, iPhone SE 2 rumors have thus far been an almost exclusive courtesy of accessory makers who either claim that "anonymous sources" have confirmed the SE 2, or outright present us with CAD blueprints, as was the case with the recent Olixar leak. Unfortunately, all of these leaks and rumors end up dashing our hopes when, yet again, new information is made available that disproves them and turns the iPhone SE 2 into an even more distant, vaguer possibility.

And here we are again. Less than a month after esteemed case maker Olixar shared with us some pretty interesting CAD blueprints that allegedly depicted the phone, and after we made some snazzy design renders of iPhone SE 2, which many of you loved, we're back at square one again. According to Olixar's "sources", cited by Forbes, the iPhone SE 2 isn't coming this year, because Apple is focusing on bigger models that use the iPhone X design.

But let us go a step further – yes, the iPhone SE 2 is not coming out in 2018. It's not coming out... ever! Well, here's hoping we're wrong, but let's face it – the industry has been moving toward bigger phones for quite a while now, and even when the original SE came out in 2016, it looked like an experiment, like a one-off thing. Granted, it found its niche, but Apple is not one to occupy niches.

This is what the iPhone SE 2 could have looked like, based on leaked CAD blueprints

The iPhone SE 2 was supposed to be no bigger than the original, but pack a larger screen courtesy of slimmer-than-ever bezels. It was also supposed to sport a notch, like the iPhone X and blend in with Apple's upcoming lineup of phones that will adopt this design language. It was even rumored to be called the iPhone X Mini at one point, instead of the SE 2, so as to better fit in with the rest of the devices, but alas, Olixar has now "confirmed" that the phone has been canceled. 

According to Forbes, Olixar last month was "so confident in this information it has started production on its official line of accessories," but the case maker has now ceased production, as its sources have confirmed the cancellation. A sad story, indeed, and when it felt like we were the closest we'd ever gotten to a new iPhone SE.

With all this said, we do hope that we see another "mini" or "SE" iPhone in the future, but this seems highly unlikely at this point. Ultra-compact phones have now largely become a trait of the low-end sector of the market, and even there, they are the minority. In fact, finding a sub-5" phone with good specs is becoming an increasingly difficult task these days.

What do you make of this? Were you actually excited for an ultra-compact iPhone that would bring the footprint of the original SE up to speed with the latest smartphone design trends or were you never interested in such a small phone to begin with? Tell us in the comments below!




1. scarface21173

Posts: 702; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Yeah sure apple listens to it's customers.

9. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Oh yeah, Apple is world famous for listening to their consumers. I especially loved when they listened to their consumers during antennagate, and then swiftly came back to them with a reaction. The reason for their horrible connectivity was becaus they were "holding it wrong", according to Apple. Talk about speedy customer service! They solved the problem in an instant!

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Apple listens to the bottom dollar. Sales of the iPhone SE, 6, 6s, 7, and 8 should tell you everything. Especially when Apple and many carriers are still selling everyone of those devices in 2018. Hardly anyone wants an iPhone that has a tiny sub HD display. It's an excuse of a smartphone in 2018. Apple and carriers are having a hard time selling the iPhone 6, 6s, 7, and 8. Look at all the BOGO deals for those devices alone, they are even giving customers BOGO deals with gift cards as well. Besides the iPhone 6, 6s, 7, and 8 have a HD display that has a slightly larger screen compared to the iPhone SE, or 0.7" inches larger than that of the iPhone SE. Plus Apple is going with even larger more bezel less iPhones for 2018 lineup. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out, that the iPhones with 4.7" displays are not going to sell well, when the new bezel less iPhones drop in 2018. Even the idiots that talk about iPhone resale value is a bunch of crap nowadays. Once again look at all the new iPhone 6, 6s, 7, and 8's for sale.

23. NateDiaz

Posts: 1092; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

No one ever complained about that tiny sub HD display.

25. libra89

Posts: 2317; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

+1 Sales of the top phones sold worldwide still have the iPhone 8 ahead of the 8 Plus.

26. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Just wondering how you know this. Do you know EVERYONE that owns a iphone.

29. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Are you trying to be funny or stupid? I can never tell with you. If no one ever complained about that tiny sub HD display. Then why did Apple come out with the iPhone 6 or 6 plus in 2014? Besides if you haven't realized it yet. Apple is all about getting the most profits (money) out of everything they make. What do you think Apple could get for an iPhone SE 2, especially if it has the same tiny sub HD display? When they first launched the iPhone SE it was going for $399 USD with 16 gb of storage. If it's roughly the same with just an updated processor. There is no way on this planet could they could ask $399, even if they included 64 gb of storage. Only sucks would buy it.

13. Phullofphil

Posts: 1832; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Listening to your customers would for the most part not be good. %90 of them don’t know what they want in a phone. Apple is doing it right

14. Phullofphil

Posts: 1832; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

It’s a big mess trying to please everybody

22. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Did you just answer yourself? People don't know what they want in a phone? I'm going to say that's bulls**t and would like to know where you got that knowledge from, as i'm pretty certain you just made "90%" up to strengthen your own agenda. If people don't know what they want, then they won't complain about the device lacking something either, so they won't have a voice. The people who do know what they want will make their voice heard tho, so the people that Samsung actually hears are the people who know exactly what they want. It's a perfect dynamic of consumer feedback. Lastly, saying that firms shouldn't listen to the consumers that actually buys their products is just idiotic. I'm sorry, but it is.

32. cmdacos

Posts: 4334; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Ask blackberry how not listening to their customers helped them...

2. HillaryClinton2020

Posts: 192; Member since: Feb 08, 2017

doesn't matter as long as Apple makes quality phone

3. Bondurant

Posts: 786; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Wishful concept in reality ending up with a 1000mAh battery.

6. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

It's iOS! And 1570 mAh! And what does battery have to do with this article??

4. TheOneSilveriusXZP

Posts: 64; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

Well , in my personal thoughts , this could and have leave Xperia XZ2 Compact alone on the compact flagships smartphone category this year with SE 2 not coming this year . Hmm....

15. libra89

Posts: 2317; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yep, I figured this, which is why I had to try that phone.

5. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Well then I guess I'll be sticking with my SE until they drop support. SE was massive success, sure compact phones are niche but only because no one is making them, I have not read any negative review of SE because it had perfect size. For people who don't care about editing documents or watching Netflix that was the best iPhone One handed usage rocks

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This is 2018, and even Apple is moving away from their massive bezels. But that is not the only thing. Many carriers are still selling iPhone SE's. Not to mention lots of carriers are still selling the iPhone 6's still, and that phone came out 2014. Gone are the days when people would mention the iPhone resale value. Even carriers are having hard times moving older brand new iPhones these days. That is why there is a ton of BOGO deals. They are even including large gift cards as well as the BOGO deal.

7. I_have_boxes

Posts: 74; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

The SE was the last true compact smartphone. The general definition of "compact" has been getting larger each year... The XZ2 compact will now be the only high end compact phone on the market, but even it is in a separate size class as it is roughly the same size as the iPhone 8. Then next year it is looking as though the Iphone X will be the new definition of "compact" as it is the smallest of Apple's phones this year, and the XZ2 compact is larger than the XZ1 compact, which suggests the same may be true for an eventual XZ3 compact.

8. TheOneSilveriusXZP

Posts: 64; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

There's no way XZ3 Compact is bigger, if the regular-sized-yet-unannounced XZ3 or XZ2s is going to be the same design , height-width as XZ2 this year , only with differences such as dual cams from XZ2 Premium , that's going ruin everything . Sure , XZ2 Compact is bigger (larger but narrower) than XZ1 Compact truthfully , but that's because Sony needs to accommodate the 18:9 aspect ratio on XZ2C with regular-sized XZ2 , so leaving no option(s) at all , XZ2C had to grow bigger and taller to match the competition . But XZ2C grow narrower, so it still comfortable using one-handed use at least . XZ3 Compact fate also hasn't been known for now , so we'll wait for it.

10. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

If they make the successor for xz2c ...

17. libra89

Posts: 2317; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Nah, I have had both the 8 and the XZ2 Compact and the in hand feel is totally different. The XZ2 Compact is much shorter and narrower than the 8 (check out the size compare to see for yourself). To me, it felt much better to use one handed and it fit in most of my pockets, unlike the iPhone 8.

20. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The XZ2 compact is physically smaller than an iPhone 8. Look at the dimensions. Yet the XZ2 compact has a higher resolution display than the iPhone 8 plus, and the XZ2 has an aspect ratio of 18:9. Besides there is a XZ2 and soon to be a XZ2 premium or pro version as well.

21. libra89

Posts: 2317; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Agreed, the resolution is very nice for the size of the XZ2 Compact. I miss having that.

11. raky_b

Posts: 420; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

My last iphone was iP4, and if this one would come out...i would buy it.

12. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2276; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Personally these 4” phones are made for kids...I haven’t been around people asking for a 4” phone. I hear people who value 6” phones as a perfect size for them to use.

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31658; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bigger the better for me. Let Apple drop that 6.5.

16. libra89

Posts: 2317; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I figured the same as soon as I read the news. I was also kind of doubtful about the idea of Apple releasing four phones at once because...that's a lot of product, aside from the other stuff updated in September too. The 3 phones have been confirmed for a while but the SE 2 has been a shaky rumor. I'm saddened, but it make me kind of glad that I decided to go to from it to the 7. I prefer the size of the SE but not with the tradeoffs.

24. gamehead unregistered

Disappointing if true

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31658; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That wallpaper is sweet.

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