When will the new iPhone SE 2 be released in the UK?

Welcome to our roundup of the latest iPhone SE 2 release date rumours, in which we collect and analyse the clues, hints and evidence pointing to the date when Apple will launch a follow-up to 2016's iPhone SE, as well as the iPhone SE 2's tech specs, design, new features and UK pricing. This page will be updated whenever new information emerges relating to the launch of an updated iPhone SE in 2017, so check back regularly for the latest iPhone SE 2 rumours.

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New iPhone SE 2 2017 release date rumours UK: Release date

One logical date to expect the iPhone SE launch would be March 2017, given that the original iPhone SE was announced in March 2016 and Apple usually updates its phone lines once a year. But reports suggest we'll have to wait a little longer than that.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has forecast that the iPhone SE 2 won't make an appearance in 2017 at all, on the principle that Apple doesn't want to cannibalise sales of the (higher-margin) iPhone 7. The SE 2, after all, would be a newer alternative at a lower price.

Ming-Chi Kuo has a tremendous track record of Apple predictions, but we're not entirely convinced: six months as undisputed flagship ought to give the iPhone 7 more than enough time to rack up some decent sales, and anyone who opts instead for the iPhone SE 2 after that was more likely in any case to buy a first-gen SE or a smaller Android device than an iPhone 7. (And Apple was quite happy to risk cannibalising iPhone 6s sales by launching the original iPhone SE six months later - that strategy appeared to work out okay.)

Still, four-inch smartphones appear to be a lower priority for Apple than its larger-screen handsets: there was a 30-month hiatus between the iPhone 5s launch (September 2013) and the SE (March 2016). Maybe Kuo is right. The iPhone SE could even turn out to be a one-off, like the iPhone 5c.

Despite the chances of a one off, Macrumors reported in February that we could see a 128GB version of the iPhone SE introduced in March alongside new iPad models. This would make sense given the iPhone 7 saw the 16GB tier cut to make way for 32GB. Coupled with the relatively affordability of the SE, 128GB could prove a sweet spot for those who want a small handset but high capacity iPhone. 

See also: iPad Pro 2 rumours

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