Without exaggeration, the iPhone 6 was nothing less than a game changer for Apple. For years Apple had resisted phones with larger screens, and executives claimed that such devices were difficult to operate and handle with just one hand. In 2014, Apple finally decided to embrace the idea of giant smartphones when it launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, two devices that proved incredibly popular with users. The Apple iPhone 6 line marked the beginning of the biggest update cycle that Apple has ever enjoyed.
Anyway, not all iPhone users were on board with the iPhone 6. For many, the 4-inch form factor introduced by Apple for the first time with the iPhone 5 was preferred over the big screens of Apple’s iPhone 6 models. That is why in March 2016 Apple launched the iPhone SE, a device that packs all the features of an iPhone 6S, with the exception of the 3D Touch, in a compact size of 4 inches.
The iPhone SE turned out to be more popular than expected, to Apple’s surprise. With the second anniversary of the iPhone SE just around the corner, there are some reports that a major renovation is coming up. According to recent rumors of the rumor mill, the iPhone SE will fall at some point in the period from May to June, although there are conflicting reports about the new hardware features that the device will put on the table.
Although it is logical that the iPhone SE will have much of the same hardware as the iPhone 7, a report that came out last week indicated that the device could also include wireless charging functionality.
That said, a recent investor note from Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors) – which tends to be very accurate when it comes to rumors about the iPhone – reveals that a modernized iPhone SE might not come soon. As Kuo explains, Apple’s resources are already being pushed to the limit, because the company plans to introduce three new iPhone models later this year. If an iPhone SE 2 really is on the horizon, the chance that it is slightly more than a specification update is small. In short, do not wait for an iPhone SE with wireless charging or a screen without limits in the short term.
Kuo’s comment partly says:
With three new models in preparation for the second half of 2018, we believe that Apple may have exhausted its development resources. Moreover, we believe that the company will do everything possible to prevent the error of a delay in the transmission of the three new models is repeated. As such, we believe it is unlikely that Apple will have sufficient resources to develop a new iPhone model for launch in 2018.
All in all, I think it’s fair to see that iPhone SE enthusiasts are more than satisfied with a simple update of specifications that implies a faster processor and a slightly better camera. Although functions such as wireless charging or a screen without borders would undoubtedly be fun, I do not think that iPhone owners will see the absence of such additions as a decisive factor.