No new iPhone SE for 2018. Why not? Only Apple knows how many of the diminutive iPhone have been sold, but based upon my unofficial and official eyesight impaired survey of family, friends, co-workers, and anyone walking or sitting nearby, not many iPhone SE models are in the wild, therefore, ipso facto and alakazam…
No iPhone SE for 2018.
That does not mean there will not be an entry level iPhone in the $350-$450 price range. It just means that most iPhone customers prefer an iPhone with a larger display. Bill Maurer thinks the same thing but the analysis seems flawed.
Here’s what he thinks:
- Reports suggest rumored iPhone SE 2 is not coming.
- Phone was popular with smaller screen and low price.
- Angering consumers is not a good strategy.
As to #1 on the list, I’ve read reports on both sides of the coin. Coming. Not coming. As to #2, other than anecdotes from customers, there are no in-the-wild numbers to back up how popular iPhone SE was; is, or was is not. #3? Duh.
There are two major issues of consideration for iPhone SE’s successor. Size and price. There may be millions of iPhone customers who want a smaller than iPhone 8 iPhone. And, yes, there are many millions more who would prefer a lower priced iPhone, but Apple can’t give away the farm to satisfy customers who just want low priced goodies.
Apple differentiates other iPhone models from top-of-the-line iPhone X by, 1) storage, 2) quality, speed, screen, features. Relatively speaking, iPhone SE is an absolute bargain. What’s not to like? Good LCD display. Diminutive pocket-loving size. Good camera. Still runs iOS 11. Priced at just over one-third of iPhone X’s stratospheric price tag.
The only real way to get an iPhone into the mid-range price is size and features. An iPhone SE upgrade to iPhone 8 levels but in the traditionally smaller package seems logical. We just don’t know how much that segment of the market is worth to Apple. If the iPhone SE dies on the vine, then we’ll know.
From what I can see, no iPhone SE for 2018.