Apple to update iPhone SE next month, source claims

“In March 2016, Apple introduced the iPhone SE. The device retained the same form factor as the iPhone 5s, which itself retained the same general form factor of the iPhone 5 launched in 2012,” Ashraf Eassa writes for The Motley Fool. “But it did include quite high-end internal components. It packed the processor, RAM, and rear-facing camera of the then-flagship iPhone 6s inside a compact device that by Apple’s standards is relatively low-cost.”

Eassa writes, “Back in March, Apple offered a minor, but sensible, refresh of the iPhone SE by replacing the 16-gigabyte model with a 32-gigabyte model for the same $399 price and nixing the 64-gigabyte iPhone SE at $449 and replacing it with a 128-gigabyte model for $499.”

“Now, iGeneration is reporting from a “source” that Apple is planning two iPhone launch events this year — one in August and then one in October. At the August event, iGeneration says, Apple will introduce an iPhone ‘SE type’ device,” Eassa writes. “”

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MacDailyNews Take: From being discontinued to being updated in the dog days of August, the iPhone SE rumors run quite the gamut. Welcome to Apple Silly Season!

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Apple to discontinue 4-inch iPhone SE, analyst claims – July 18, 2017
Apple iPhone SE tops smartphone user satisfaction, just ahead of iPhone 7 Plus – May 25, 2017
Apple begins manufacturing iPhone SE in India – May 17, 2017
CNET reviews Apple iPhone SE one year later: ‘Still a nice little speed demon, totally holds its own against newer iPhones’ – May 2, 2017
Apple introduces iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition; iPhone SE doubles storage for same price – March 21, 2017
IT PRO reviews Apple’s iPhone SE: The small phone bursting with big features – March 20, 2017
3 features Apple may bring to the next-gen iPhone SE – November 8, 2016
How Apple’s iPhone SE converted me from hater to believer – August 29, 2016
About the success of Apple’s 4-inch iPhone SE – August 11, 2016
4-inch iPhone SE looks like a winner for Apple – July 22, 2016
Demand for Apple’s iPhone SE still outstripping supply – June 16, 2016
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
Apple just put a Mac mini in your pocket (with keyboard and screen) – March 22, 2016
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. Predictions that will be and come true:

    1-Apple will announce the next iPhones when they are good and damned ready.
    2-The new phones will be on sale sometime after the announcement.
    3-MDN will pronounce them the greatest iPhones ever and describe the model(s) they choose for themselves.
    4-Regardless of price, endless bitching about the price will ensue among commenters from one faction, while another will say they are worth a King’s Ransom.
    5-Donald J.Trump- Samsung Android User (personal) and iPhone user (staff on official @ POTUS account) will continue to tweet bullshit at all hours of the night as he tries to stay out of jail.

    1. President Trump is not going to jail. If impeached Bill Clinton and Shrilliary did not go to jail, deserdely so, never happen with Trump. Please refrain from false memes and ignore the 24/7 destroy Trump media. You’ll feel better ..,

  2. This would hinder sales of the rumoured iPhone 8, 7s and 7s Plus. True, not every user who goes with an SE would have gone for a larger one, or vice versa; but I do know that if the SE was available when I was replacing my iPhone 5, I would’ve gone with it instead of the 6s that I ended up getting (and don’t regret it now).

    The only way I’d see them doing it in August, is if they’re targeting back-to-school season, and they’re strictly limiting it to students with valid ID only (good strategy, many can’t afford the larger and pricier ones on their own, but an freshly upgraded SE will keep students from buying cheap Androids), then perhaps opening up to the public several months after the iPhone 8’s release (maybe March, the same month that the first SE was announced).

    1. Based on sales data from the SE and previous larger models of the iPhone, I do not see any reason to believe that an updated SE will have a material effect on sales of the soon-to-be-released iPhone models. Many people simply prefer larger displays. And many others will go for the very latest technology and functions in the larger iPhones, some of which will not be available in the updated SE.

      Based on that perspective, it makes perfect sense to stagger the SE release in August, both to deconflict from the subsequent release of the new iPhones, and to keep the media attention on Apple leading up to that release. It may also help to dampen the criticism a bit should the new iPhone release slide into October (or later) as rumored by some.

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