What was or is your favorite iPhone? For me, it was one that would fit in my butt pocket without worry. Sure, I can stuff my present iPhone X in there, but I’m certain the molecules in the phone don’t like it. Word on the streets is what we should have seem coming all along. The iPhone SE, Apple’s smallest iPhone model, is about to become history. That was my favorite iPhone and I did the hand-me-down trick and then upgraded to a larger iPhone 7 Plus, then to a not-quite-so-large iPhone X (but still larger than iPhone SE).
Why? I ask myself that question every time I try to find a place to hold Apple’s latest and greatest but not even the biggest. With the iPhone SE I didn’t use a case because it felt so solid and comfortable in my hand (I never dropped it) and slid quickly into any jeans pocket regardless of what I’d eaten in the past 24-hours. I can’t say that about iPhone 7 Plus or iPhone X. I bought a silicon case because, well, it actually felt fragile and I’d read all the stories about butt-bending from the original big iPhone, the 6 Plus.
Silicon cases make it tough to put an iPhone into a pocket and the iPhone SE just didn’t seem to need a case.
I follow the rumor and news sites about all things Apple (as if there is much difference) and the latest says the iPhone SE will continue on in India because it’s the budget-minded iPhone and apparently an economy trying to support more than a billion people causes them to be budget minded. But I’m not traveling to India to get an iPhone SE.
Instead, I will hope that future iPhone X models will be physically smaller than iPhone X or iPhone 8 Plus, and I might select a color– sans-case– to make it fit where the sun don’t shine.
That said, iPhone SE remains my favorite iPhone, and if it were not for already being old technology I would buy one just to keep around. Unfortunately, it’s not likely that Apple cares about moving high class 3D facial recognition and edge-to-edge displays down the line for a few years, so I’m saying goodbye to Apple’s small iPhones and feeling a little sad that I’m going to be stuck with an enormous OLED display wrapped in an edgeless package.
Yes, I know. The sadness won’t last long because iPhone 11 or iPhone XI will be so freakin’ awesome it will know I’m nearby just by scanning my face, and you know what that means for the future? Siri will know if it’s my time of the month and maybe make dinner reservations or order some shoes from Amazon to, you know, cheer me up without being overt about it.
I don’t know how many iPhone SE’s Apple sells, but it’s probably not enough for the company to upgrade the innards to match the times (2016 vs. 2017 vs. 2018), but it would be nice to have a flagship phone that would fit where some of us want it to go.
Goodbye, small iPhones. We hardly knew ye.