By: Danielle Anderson
Rumor has it that Apple is already coming out with a new iPhone, not even six months after the iPhone X. Its name is the iPhone SE 2, and it highly contrasts with the expensive iPhone X released in early November. Having only a 4-inch screen compared to the iPhone X’s 5.8-inch screen, this phone is significantly smaller which is very attractive to those (like myself) that don’t want to carry around a tablet in their pocket. How exactly the phone will look is still a mystery, however; leaked photos suggest it to have a glass back, similar to the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. Chances are, though, that this model will be a hybrid offspring of the original iPhone SE, which came out in 2016, and its younger, more attractive cousins, the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, which have both been released within the last three months. Consequently, this new iPhone has been dubbed, ‘an improved take of the “old” design,’ (Faulkner).
One extreme difference that makes this iPhone stand out is its price, only costing an approximate $450 at entry-level. Being significantly cheaper than most newer iPhones, this gives reason not to expect such luxury features such as Face Identification and Portrait Mode. It wouldn’t be out of the question, though, to expect to see wireless charging found in the recent iPhone 8. Another perk is that the iPhone SE 2 will contain some features like a 5-megapixel front camera, a large improvement from the 1.2-megapixel front camera found in the original iPhone SE. It is also very likely to have an increased battery capacity, from its original 1,640 mAh to 1,700 mAh or potentially more (Roland). It isn’t crazy to say that better selfie quality and battery life is a millennial teenage/young adult dream come true.
Storage space has always been an issue with the iPhone SE as well. Beginning at 16GB, it simply did not have the space for all those addicting games and necessary photos and music that everyone seems to have. For this reason, it is logical to predict that Apple will up the entry-level of storage from 16GB to 32GB. Upgrades to storage can be made available for about $100 more for 64GB or more, which isn’t a make-or-break price to keep your iPhone full of valuable junk.
The rumored release date for the iPhone SE 2 is March 2018, which happens to be only a few short months away. Between now and then, it would be unheard-of to not hear more about this new, affordable iPhone treasure. So, if you want to upgrade from your current iPhone to a newer one without paying for the unwanted, unneeded luxury of Face ID, Portrait Mode, or ridiculous size, virtually carrying around a giant tablet in your pocket, this is definitely the iPhone for you.
For more information, check out these sites:
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