The iPhone SE went on sale on 31 March 2016, and since the iPhone 7’s launch last year it has been the only 4in iPhone you can buy new direct from Apple.
Sources have previously suggested that there will be no iPhone SE2, especially after Apple upgraded the storage on its original SE in 2017. But a report from Tekz24 suggests a new model is in the works after all, while Economic Daily News suggests it will be here in early 2018.
Wistron, an India-based company that manufactures the original SE, is said to be onboard again for the SE2. The firm is allegedly growing its production base in Bangalore in preparation.
Tekz24 reports that hardware will be similar to that of the iPhone 7, which means we could see an A10 chip, 2GB of RAM, 32GB/128GB of storage, plus 12Mp/5Mp cameras and a 1,700mAh battery. A more recent rumour suggests that battery will be able to charge wirelessly thanks to Qi tech and a rear glass panel.
Also see: iPhone SE review.
When is the iPhone SE2 release date?
iPhone SE UK release date: 31 March 2016
iPhone SE2 UK release date: March 2018 (TBC)
The iPhone SE costs £349 with 32GB of storage, and is available in Silver, Gold, Space Grey and Rose Gold. That’s cheap for an iPhone, admittedly, but still pretty pricey when you consider that an iPhone SE costs only $160 to make.
Many people speculated that Apple would announce the successor to the iPhone SE, the iPhone SE 2, approximately one year after its launch, as is the case with its flagship iPhone updates. That would have meant an announcement in March 2017, which clearly didn’t happen.
While Apple did announce some new products, including the special edition red iPhone 7 and new iPad, there was no iPhone SE 2. Instead, the firm updated the original iPhone SE with storage upgrades.
Until now, it seemed the iPhone SE would follow in the footsteps of the iPhone 5C as a potential one-off, with various analysts suggesting as much. But now the word on the street is that an iPhone SE2 will arrive in the first quarter of 2018, in time for Apple’s Spring Event.
Where to buy iPhone SE
You can buy the iPhone SE direct from Apple now. It’s available in Silver, Gold, Space Grey and Rose Gold. The 32GB option is £349 while the 128GB option is £449. If you buy direct from Apple, the phone will come unlocked so you can use it on any UK network.
EE says all handsets bought from EE direct channels will support EE’s WiFi Calling service and 4G Calling (VoLTE), and you can order it here.
Vodafone says customers who opt for the iPhone SE on Vodafone’s ultrafast 4G network can also enjoy Vodafone’s Data Test Drive for the first two months of their contract, meaning they can get to grips with their new iPhone SE without any limitations on their UK data usage. Furthermore, Vodafone’s Wi-Fi Calling service will be available on the iPhone SE, making it possible to stay connected anywhere there is Wi-Fi – from a basement flat to the London Underground. Order here.
O2 is offering the iPhone SE on multiple contract plans here.
Three is offering the iPhone SE on several pay monthly plans, including a massive 30GB per month. View all the plans here. It also points out that those who buy the iPhone SE from them will benefit from its Feel At Home policy (no roaming charges in selected countries), 4G at no extra cost, and a six-month free Deezer subscription.
Carphone Warehouse allows you to order here, while you can do the same at Mobiles.co.uk here.
You can also buy official accessories for the iPhone SE including leather cases in black and midnight blue (£29 inc VAT), and Lightning Docks in colour-matched metallic finishes for £39 inc VAT, both from Apple’s retail stores and Apple.com/uk.
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