If you prefer your iPhone to be on the smaller and cheaper side, then you may be pleased to hear that rumours are pointing to a new iPhone SE (or at least a new, cheaper version of the iPhone) launching in 2018. Want to know more? Well this is our iPhone SE2 release date rumours article, 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 (reviewed here), as well as the iPhone SE 2's tech specs, design, new features and UK pricing - so you've come to the right place!
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. You may also like: Best iPhone SE deals | iPhone buying guide
When is the iPhone SE 2 coming out?
Originally, we expected an all new iPhone SE 2 to launch in March 2017, given that the original iPhone SE was announced in March 2016 and Apple usually updates its phone lines once a year. However, when Apple introduced a new Product RED iPhone 7 and a brand new iPad back in March 2017, the iPhone SE was only treated to a bump in storage to 32- and 128GB.
Then WWDC 2017 in June went by without the launch of a new iPhone SE, making us more uncertain about the phone's future. Instead, Apple used the event to show of iOS 11, MacOS High Sierra, a new iMac Pro, a new HomePod, and updates to its iPad Pro, MacBook and iMac ranges.
Further crushing our hopes for a refresh to the SE, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo then forecast that the iPhone SE 2 wouldn'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 (and now 8, and X models).
Analyst Pan Juitang has also suggested that there won't be a new iPhone SE. He wrote in July that Apple wouldn’t be updating the 4-inch handset ever. Claiming that there isn't enough demand for smaller devices as many consumers opt for larger displays for watching movies, playing games and browsing the web, and that the vast majority are accustomed to 5in (or bigger!) displays.
Four-inch fans don't despair! As of August reports are suggesting that the iPhone SE could see a refresh in early 2018.
A FocusTaiwan report suggests that the new iPhone SE will launch in the first quarter of 2018. Sources claim this new iPhone will be manufactured in India by a company called Wistron.
Apparently the new SE handset will launch in India prior to launching in other territories, which sounds dubious to us, although it might fit with Apple’s plans to offer a cheaper handset to certain territories (normally Apple does this by offering an older version of the iPhone to certain countries).
We may have an even longer wait for a new cheaper iPhone though - and it may not be availiable in the UK market. According to the Economic Daily, a Chinese-language site, Apple is working on two iPhone X successors for 2018, including a low-end model. These devices are apparently codenamed Lisbon and Hangzhou.
The low-end, lower-priced model - Hangzhou - will apparently be launched in an attempt to “seize the low-end market” in China and India.
That report suggests that this low-end model could launch in the second half of 2018.
iPhone SE 2 all-screen design
Now that we have a full-screen iPhone in the form of the iPhone X, people are starting to wonder if Apple will redesign the whole range of iPhones to have all-screen fronts.
Some concept designs have already appeared showing what the iPhone SE2 might look like if Apple was to give it an iPhone X-like redesign.
Here's a idea of what we could expect by Concept Creator.
If Apple redesigns the 4.7in iPhone 8 as an all-screen device, it could reduce the size of that handset.
There are rumours that more than one iPhone X-styled smartphone is in the works at Apple. Along with the top-tier iPhone for 2018, it is said that there will be more budget friendly model to attract new customers. This could feasibly replace the iPhone SE.
That phone is said to feature many of the same features as the iPhone X including a bezel-less display, and according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo it will feature a LCD-TFT screen, fewer pixels, and will cost between $649 and $749.
iPhone SE 2 Specs
According to the Tekz24 report (on which the FocusTiawan report was based), the new will offer an A10 chip (as seen in the iPhone 7), 2GB RAM, a 12MP camera, 5MP FaceTime camera, and 32GB or 128GB storage options.
The battery will also have a slightly raised rating from 1640mAh to 1700mAh.
The big news is that the new iPhone SE will have a screen measuring 4.2in rather than the current 4in.
This will apparently be made possible by reducing the size of the bezels, although unlike the iPhone X, which has a screen that stretches to the base of the phone - and thus no Home Button (read about the iPhone X here) - the current design incorporating the Home Button, is expected to remain on the iPhone SE 2.
Apple iPhone SE 2 price
The iPhone SE is currently available in 32GB and 128GB versions. In the UK the 32GB model costs £379; the 128GB model costs £479. (For comparison, in the US the iPhone SE the phone costs $399 for the 32GB model and it's $449 for 129GB.)
We expect that the iPhone SE 2 will be similarly priced when it launches.
You may also be interested in our iPad Pro 2 rumours.