Apple’s much beloved iPhone SE is dead. Or, almost dead. Somehow the company continues to find iPhone SE’s piled away in some Chinese warehouse and they go on sale every week or two, but I concede; iPhone SE is almost dead.
Word on the streets in that Apple will introduce a new iPhone 8 model with updated innards, iPhone SE style. A faster CPU, better camera, but no Notch or Face ID. It looks as if Touch ID will be the security function of choice in less expensive devices, while Face ID makes it into more expensive devices.
Is an updated iPhone 8 a good replacement for iPhone SE?
Why not? Size matters. iPhone SE has a 4-inch LCD display. iPhone 8 and iPhone 7 have notably larger 4.7-inch displays. How could Apple introduce an updated iPhone 8 model to replace iPhone SE when the former’s price is substantially higher now than the latter.
iPhone 8 already starts at $599 while iPhone SE was priced at $399. That’s a big difference for a bigger iPhone even if it has more features, a faster CPU, and improved camera.
What the iPhone SE brings to the table that newer iPhones do not is obvious to anyone who holds one and compares it to the other.
iPhone SE’s 4-inch display and diminutive size makes it perfect for pockets in general and butt pockets specifically. My husband has an iPhone XS Max. The display is beautiful. But if ever a device needed to fold in half to get into tight butt jeans, it’s the Max.
So, what’s the problem? Why doesn’t Apple have an iPhone SE replacement?
It’s likely that most of us who love the iPhone SE’s form factor are a noisy group of Apple customers, but not in enough numbers to make it worth the company’s while to make one. A lower priced iPhone SE or iPhone 8 SE would cannibalize sales of more expensive models and Apple would not make enough money.
iPhone SE is dead. iPhone 8 SE to replace it is a dumb idea because it isn’t really a form factor replacement. If you don’t like the much larger size of iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or even the iPhone 8 Plus, then you’ll be stuck learning to live with a 4.7-inch display on an iPhone with newly upgraded innards.
Street wise rumors say iPhone 8 SE won’t come with Notch, no OLED display, no Face ID. Touch ID is so good I could probably live with that if the CPU and camera are upgraded to modern standards and the price is competitive with the original iPhone SE.