iPhone SE unlikely to receive refresh in early 2017

“Apple will not refresh the iPhone SE in the first half of 2017, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo,” Husain Sumra reports for MacRumors. “The lack of refresh comes as Apple attempts to maintain high margins on its high-end iPhone models, Kuo said in a new research note.”

“Kuo believes Apple will exert pressure on its iPhone component makers to drop prices in an effort to maintain its margins,” Sumra reports. “He expects suppliers to begin price reductions on components in either November or December of this year.”

“Apple introduced the iPhone SE in March 2016, packing in many of the iPhone 6s’ features and component into a 4-inch frame similar to that of the iPhone 5s,” Sumra reports. “It’s unclear what kind of upgrade schedule Apple will adopt for the device, but it’s internals are powerful enough to remain a capable phone for a couple of years.”

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MacDailyNews Take: iPhone SE will be perfectly fine for its target market at through to next September when the next-gen iPhone arrives and kicks off another super cycle (and sets up 2018 to be the sequel to 2016’s “Year of the Tough Compare.”)

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Apple’s ‘boring’ iPhone SE is paying off – June 16, 2016
Slate reviews Apple’s iPhone SE: ‘Simple, functional, and iconic – love it’ – May 31, 2016
AnandTech reviews Apple’s 4-inch iPhone SE – May 16, 2016
Ars Technica reviews Apple’s iPhone SE: An apology to big-phone haters everywhere – April 6, 2016
iPhone SE event led to website traffic spike in China and India – April 5, 2016
Daring Fireball’s Gruber reviews iPhone SE: ‘Feels the best in hand’ – April 1, 2016
Macworld reviews iPhone SE: ‘It’s a pocket-size powerhouse’ – March 31, 2016
TIME reviews Apple’s iPhone SE: ‘The perfect smaller smartphone’ – March 30, 2016
Mossberg: Understanding Apple’s iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro – March 30, 2016
Wired reviews Apple’s iPhone SE: You’ll use it differently – March 29, 2016
USA Today’s Baig: Apple’s iPhone SE is like a cute, adorable baby – March 24, 2016
The Daily Mail reviews Apple’s iPhone SE: The ‘perfect first time iPhone’ – March 24, 2016
WSJ reviews Apple’s iPhone SE: ‘Smaller gets smarter with better battery life to boot’ – March 24, 2016
Apple tries to stimulate growth with the powerful 4‑inch iPhone SE – March 23, 2016
Why the tiny 4-inch iPhone SE will be a gigantic hit for Apple – March 22, 2016
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Apple’s got millions of reasons to make the smaller iPhone SE – March 22, 2016
The new iPhone SE finally makes a small phone feel powerful – March 21, 2016
Apple unveils iPhone SE, the most powerful phone with a four-inch display – March 21, 2016


  1. 2018 (1st half). Two-year run makes sense for iPhone SE. And it comes with processor used in latest iPhone from 2017 (2nd half). I also think iPod touch should “mirror” iPhone SE (for release schedule), as the “4-inch iPad” AKA “iPhone SE without the phone parts,” and share common internal components.

  2. “Our goal isn’t to make money. Our goal absolutely at Apple is not to make money. This may sound a little flippant, but it’s the truth,” said the British designer [Sir Jonathan Ive]. “Our goal and what gets us excited is to try to make great products. We trust that if we are successful people will like them, and if we are operationally competent we will make revenue, but we are very clear about our goal.”


    That was four years ago. Something has changed.

    1. ““Our goal isn’t to make money.”

      Says Jony.

      No, our goal is to make everything wafer thin, eliminate ports and give adapters away for free.

      Yeah, right.

      Apple owner since my Lisa …

  3. OK! I’ll keep my 5S for a little while yet.
    The SE is the best format at this point. If I need Apple Pay, I’ll later on buy the actual SE which is not that bad…

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