The rumors of a new iPhone SE 2 have reached the point where its release seems to be a foregone conclusion. According to Japanese website Mac Otakara and known leaker Benjamin Geskin, the new phone should appear sometime between early May and the WWDC Keynote on June 4th. All of the reports rolling in seem to agree that the SE 2 will include a bump to the A10 Fusion processor, and will keep its current form factor and four inch screen. Based on that, a modest press release rollout next month ahead of WWDC seems more likely.
There are other aspects of the device and possible changes that are still up for debate. One is the potential removal of the headphone jack, which would be an interesting omission unless Apple can point to a specific internal feature that is added in its place. One such possibility is a shift to a glass back to work with the addition of wireless charging. Popular Apple supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities disputed this feature back in January, but the aforementioned leaker Mr Geskin posted a render of such a device on Twitter and claimed that it is already in mass production just yesterday.
Photo Source: Benjamin Gaskin via Twitter
We shall see soon enough.
No matter what, a big positive is that it seems all but certain that Apple will continue the iPhone SE line for the near future. In a smartphone market where the focus is almost exclusively on big, bigger, and biggest flagship devices, I think it is a good thing that Apple continues to balance the scale a bit by offering a smaller form factor device with specs that are within a generation of this year’s devices. While it may retain older-style bezels and a Home Button with TouchID, the SE 2 will still be a solid value option for iOS users, especially those who prefer the smaller screen and form factor.