iPhone SE 2 could arrive in May with A10 Fusion but no headphone jack

iPhone SE 2 could arrive in May with A10 Fusion but no headphone jack
The rumored iPhone SE 2 could be announced next month. Apple’s original iPhone SE saw an early 2016 launch, with the model being updated one year later with new storage variants. In recent times, however, a successor has reportedly been in the works and, according to a number of case makers, it appears Apple could launch the device as soon as next month.

Unlike previous rumors, the manufacturers present at the Global Sources Mobile Electronics show in Hong Kong don’t expect the new model to completely adopt the design language debuted on the iPhone X. Instead, the iPhone SE 2 will continue to use TouchID which means a small 4-inch display will likely be present once again. Nevertheless, the smartphone is expected to follow in the footsteps of the company’s newer devices in one aspect by removing the 3.5mm headphone jack altogether, which should also allow Apple to slim down the smartphone. Furthermore, the iPhone SE 2 could also switch out the aluminum construction of its predecessor in favor of the company’s newer glass build, which will most likely result in wireless charging support. Regarding power, the smartphone will be equipped with the slightly newer A10 Fusion processor that debuted in the iPhone 7 lineup. This is most likely a cost-cutting effort on Apple’s part in the hope of attracting consumers at lower price points.

The Silicon Valley-based giant is yet to confirm any plans in regards to the launch of an iPhone SE successor but, with the manufacturers expecting the device to be released next month, it should only be a matter of weeks before Apple confirms an event. Alternatively, and what would probably be a more likely scenario, the company may wait until its annual WWDC event, which kicks off June 4, to announce the device.

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33 Comments

1. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Here is what I want: - Faster Chip (Obviously there) - LTE Advanced (Original SE had A9 chip with A8 Baseband) - Better FaceTime camera (Current SE one is S**t) - Better Battery (No headphone jack and A10 should help this) - Bluetooth 5 (For the future) If these are accurate. Apple shall have my $350.

6. NateDiaz

Posts: 1090; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Keep your 350 Apple wants at least 500 for all that

13. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

I understand you saying that. But the original SE was launched for $399 and iPhone 7 should be available for $450 this year in September which has everything SE 2 might have and more. Im not analyst but below $400 price point seems like a reasonable guess.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7454; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That $399 was iPhone SE with 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage. The following SE version 2 had 32 GB of storage. Since iOS 11 grew too much in size, Apple had to drop the 16 GB versions. Also the iPhone SE launched back in March 2016 with the A9 SoC. The A10 launched at the end of 2016. So if Apple only puts an A10 in this 2018 SE model that will be a rip off. Apple needs to use the current A11 if they want to follow the iPhone SE footsteps that they set. Plus that ridiculous tiny display needs a major overhaul. There is no reason why Apple couldn't put a 4.5" HD display in there iPhone SE 2. Especially since the iPhone SE has a physical size of 4.9". That leaves almost a half an inch for the cameras and sensors.

18. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Couple of things: - A 4.5" display would need them to eliminate the Touch ID which I don't think any fan wants. Unless they are giving you Face ID which is not possible for this price range. - A10 Fusion is superrrr fast even in this year. So almost anyone who actually used an SE with A9 will appreciate it. (I would like to see a $350 android mid ranger beat A10 in any test) - It is not a rip off by any means. Most SE users love their SE for $350 and an upgrade will be a huge welcome. Hey but if your words come true and Apple manages to give a 4.5" screen without changing the physical size. I am not going to complain :)

20. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

Bro faceid components are estimated to cost $17 to make, so they can afford it because they won't do anything to make the battery better

21. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Its not just about affordability. If they add faceid and increase the screen size, the phone essentially becomes better than the iphone 7 in all ways except maybe 3D touch. Apple will not kill their iPhone 7 selling well for $550.

23. sgodsell

Posts: 7454; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You can have a smaller finger print scanner. Or in other words the width can be the same, but the height can be shortened. Like the new Moto G6's, and they manage to put a new 18:9 aspect ratio display with a resolution of 2160x1080 for a price much lower than the iPhone SE. Or just put the scanner on the back. The A10 has its problems, besides it's really the same GPU as the A9, only clocked higher. It's one of the reasons why the A10 is nice and faster for about a minute, but then it can over heat and throttle down. https://wccftech.com/apple-a10-fusion-gpu-breakdown/

27. Vokilam

Posts: 1282; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

why do you keep selling higher resolution... no one but those that need to justify something cares about anything higher than 300ppi

32. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Button is too big. Could be smaller.

33. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

OnePlus 5T costs $399 & it has beaten A10 already if you check reviews. Not to forget OnePlus 6 is coming @$450 6 GB Ram & 64GB memory with a super compact design & a amoled panel, waterproof (rumored) SD845. It will beat the s**t out of A11 forget about beating A10. All this in the same price bracket of iPhone SE 2 of around $450. Go & say that to someone else bruhh. Android has log arrived neck & neck in performance to iPhones. Might be you are sleeping from few years :D

31. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

SE had 16GB as base version. That is why it had this price.

9. libra89

Posts: 2298; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Well said, I agree with you on all of those things! Indifferent about Bluetooth 5 but I wouldn't mind having it. If it can really be around the same size, I'm excited.

12. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

As mentioned. I only say Bluetooth 5 is looking ahead into the future of wireless. The reason Bluetooth 5 is not sounding very exciting today (this year) is because chip makers have been very slow in releasing products. Next year Bluetooth 5 headsets are expected to give double battery at approximately twice range. So fingers crossed for an exciting future :).

10. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

You forgot better ram option 32,64,128 & 3D Touch otherwise iphone 6s,7,8.

11. thedizzle

Posts: 197; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

I think you meant ROM lol, could you imagine an iphone with 32/64/128 gb of RAM xD

14. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Apple did move all their new products to 64GB currently. The current SE starts at 32GB which itself is a very decent for people who want a good phone at a cheaper price from Apple. I used to hate Apple when they were giving only 16GB. 32 or 64 GB should be fine by many SE users as long as price does not change much.

30. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Removing the jack is just to make ppl buy wireless. Not to fit bigger battery. Other phones are thinner and shorter than i7+/i8+ , but have the jack plus bigger battery

2. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Once going big it is hard to going back, and I think said 4.7” screen of i6//7/8 is a sweet spot. In the end Samsung still win my money, and i hope google can fix the message app and let’s send highdef picture.

26. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I went big, with the last few OnePlus phones and always go back down to smaller. The iPhone 8 is about as large as I want to go and fits perfectly. Maybe 5" with tight bezels for the right phone.

3. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

4 inch screen is too tiny now for me in 16:9 ratio should be 4.2 or 4.3 in 16:9 ratio or 4 inch in 18:9 ratio but that will include notch which is iphone 9 lcd one.I getting a feeling we getting a iphone 4/7/8 build design in 4 inch screen this time.It should be iphone 4 on a 4 inch screen not 3.5 screen inch i miss iphone 4,4s build design than 5,5s.I will consider it only if apple make it cheap with good certain specs like Bluetooth 5,a better back,front camera this time,a good ram amount 32,64,128gb options and a good battery size then good buying for me otherwise i go for iphone6s,7,8 for apple ios ecosytem & apps offerings & selection.

4. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

No choice left iphone6,6s,se are last phones of headphone jack with a8,9 chip then a10,11 chip onwards in iphone7,8 with fingerprint scanner n then iphone x,xs,xs+,9 with no headphone jack,notch n no fingerpint scanner really bad choice for consumers in ios on a12 chipset.Hope iphone 2019,2020 version make incscreen fingerprint scanner happen ready by that time.

5. Godlymansean

Posts: 339; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

I could see them releasing this, and people liking it. Hopefully with a bit larger of a screen though and necessary improvements.

7. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Based on these rumors and past releases, Apple seems to play it smart. They tend to have a backup "budget" design like the SE series ready, for whenever the existing/regularly planned iPhone series fall short of expectations. Just (temporarily) release another model alongside and you can again boast about sales being as good or better than the previous year, masking underlying problems. Such as the retraction of the high end market in this case.

8. libra89

Posts: 2298; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It sounds like there's an update here, I'm interested. I don't care how much it is. It sounds like it would already be cheaper than the X and iPhone 8 series.

15. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3157; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The closest phones in size and spec to the SE are the "Compact" models from Sony and look how much they're commanding. I would much rather use iOS on a smaller screen than Android that's for sure.

24. libra89

Posts: 2298; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I have tried every compact phone that Sony has released from the Z5 Compact to present (aside from the XZ2, which doesn't have the US model available yet) and the camera has always been the letdown for me, especially in low light.

17. Joosty

Posts: 482; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Trading in my X for this. Does this make any sense? No. I know.

25. libra89

Posts: 2298; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It makes sense to me, you want a smaller iPhone. Also some people on Reddit have done the same with the current SE, so you're not alone here.

19. irossdrummer

Posts: 369; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

"revolutionary"

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