iPhone 6, 6s, and 7 owners: Time to upgrade to iPhone SE?

If you have an older iPhone, like an iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, or an even earlier iPhone, you may be wondering whether it’s worth the upgrade to Apple’s new iPhone SE (2020).

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Apple’s new A13 Bionic-powered iPhone SE (2020)
Juli Clover for MacRumors:

The new 2020 iPhone SE is identical to the design that Apple used for iPhones released in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, so those upgrading to the SE from the iPhone 6, 6s, 7, or 8 can expect a device that’s the exact same size, weight, shape, and design.

There is one major, notable difference in the design of the iPhone SE compared to older phones – the iPhone SE features a glass front and back with an aluminum band sandwiching the two pieces together, while the iPhone 6s and other similar iPhones (with the exception of the iPhone 8) had an aluminum body… A glass body might sound like a downside when it comes to durability, but it does enable a feature that older iPhones didn’t have – wireless charging.

The iPhone SE, with the same A13 Bionic chip that’s in the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro, is much, much faster than the chips used in Apple’s older iPhones… The 2020 iPhone SE is, without a doubt, the best value smartphone that Apple has ever released… The iPhone SE is the ideal device for those who are looking for a good deal and for those who like to keep their iPhones for many years because it’s going to keep getting software updates for years to come, thanks to future proofing with the latest A-series chip and perks like WiFi 6.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote earlier this month, “iPhone SE is for people who appreciate value. It’s for people who want a great deal, strong performance for their dollar, access into the world’s ultimate smartphone ecosystem without having to pay upward of $1,000 or more, and who plan to use their iPhone for multiple years while understanding that only iPhones retain strong resale value and receive updates/support for many years.”


  1. I think the rumored compact version of the iPhone 12 will be the long-awaited successor to the SE for pro users. In fact, that will be the version that should be call the “pro” version, since it is the supersize me phones that appeal to the hee haw demographic, while it is the more practical compact phones like the original se that appeal to the professional, Apple-watch-wearing, iPad-pro-using, middle class demographic.

    My se is annoyingly long in the tooth; I can buy replacement batteries, but I cannot replace the processor, camera etc.

  2. It’s not about $$ or value. It’s about size. If the new SE would have had a Super Retina screen and dropped the home button, and was in the size of the old SE with a notch, they would have sold a gazillion of them at even $699.

    Finally bit the bullet and put the old 5s to rest (almost 7 years!), and opted for an XS instead. Twice the cost, but barely any larger. But the screen on the XS blows the SE 2020 away. And for those of us with older eyes, that’s a necessity. Not to mention no home button. And dual lens camera.

    Last year we upgraded my partner’s 5c to an 11pro. We both would have loved to have had a device between the size of the original SE and the 2020 with the Super Retina, no home button, etc., price no option.

    But Apple opted to market to the “value” crowd, instead of its pro crowd or long time Apple users. Maybe they’ll come out with a iPhone 12 mini next year. That would be great.

    1. The XS isn’t too bad, in terms of size, especially when you get the hang of reachability. I have a confession to make; I have both an SE and an XS right now. I wish I had waited for the 12 though; if the compact 12 turns out to be real, my XS and SE both go on sale on eBay.

  3. If you had your 6s/plus exchanged for a new battery why bother? wait till the new battery gives out, save some money in the mean time for an upgrade, then when it finally dies, then get whatever newer phone there is. if your current phone has no problems, it has plenty of life still in it. APPLE wants you to BUY a new phone, its how they make money. Android users have no choice as previous versions often aren’t supported with newer os updates. So the cycle is faster and more expensive.

  4. I had my 6s battery replaced. A year later, my phone was dying 2-3 times a day. I could not wait for a phone that may never actually be released. If I waited for perfection, I would never have replaced my iPhone 3G.

  5. I have a 6s. I just replaced the battery and it is fine for what I need. The camera is good and it copes with both email, testing, minor internet use and internet banking apps.

    Given that I use an iPad Pro 12.9 for heavy lifting, there’s no need for me to upgrade.

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