Apple took the iPhone 6 in confidence by increasing the screen size to 4.7 inches by 4 inches on the predecessor iPhone 5S. With another iPhone 6S Plus Apple provided large-screen fans with a 5.5-inch screen. Since then, the company's newer models have had larger screens, including the 5.8-inch (edge-to-edge) on the iPhone X.
However, the iPhone SE is still an exception. Launched in 2016, the smartphone is still being sold and is one of the cheapest iPhone models on the market.
With Apple's annual developer conference, WWDC just around the corner, there's a lot of excitement around the company's new announcements. Due to the flood of leaks and rumors Apple seems to launch a successor to the iPhone SE. The newer model, conveniently referred to as the iPhone SE 2, is said to be equipped with improved specifications and revive the philosophy of packaging iPhone 8-like features in a much more compact model.
This is Apple iPhone SE 2 can not just be another iPhone with incremental upgrades over its predecessor. While rumor mill has given us a rough idea of what to expect, here are a few things that will make the new iPhone a more attractive proposition.
The original Apple iPhone SE still looks like a nostalgia for those who loved the older compact design of the iPhone, say the iPhone 5S. While compactness will still be the unique selling proposition of the phone, Apple can make some improvements to make it more contemporary.
For example, there are rumors that the company would continue with a glass design that makes it look more accurate the newer iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The original iPhone SE had a metal back wall. Another advantage of a glass back is the support for wireless charging. Although the wireless charging technology is still emerging, it still provides additional functionality.
Another feature that Apple has to maintain is the 3.5mm headphone jack of the company's newer models was removed. Wireless headphones such as AirPods or third-party devices are still on the rise in markets such as India. Since the iPhone SE is supposedly targeting the Indian market, it is probably a good idea to maintain the 3.5mm headphone jack
As previously mentioned, the compact design is the USP for iPhone SE. But at 4 inches it is quite small. What we can expect from the company is not to much increase the screen size to ensure that the display is good enough to suit multimedia enthusiasts.
According to recent rumors, the iPhone SE 2 is likely to have a larger 4.2-inch screen. We can hope that the company will optimize the screen, say, to increase the screen-to-body ratio – an approach we have seen with iPhone X and newer iPhones.
One of the missing features in iPhone SE was 3D Touch. The technology gives users quick access to key features of an app through touch-based gestures. Similar technology is also available on various Android smartphones.
One of the key areas where iPhones lag behind their Android counterparts is the selfie camera. While the latest iPhone has portrait mode for selfie camera, Android players have already outperformed Apple with dual front cameras, beauty modes and various software-based algorithms to deliver quality selfies. Recently, Xiaomi claimed in his presentation that his newer Mi 6X, a mid-range Android phone, delivered better selfies than the iPhone X in low light conditions. Will Apple finally take a breather better selfie cameras on its new iPhone SE
More on board memory
Apple iPhone SE base model came with 16GB of memory. But that will not be the case with the newer iPhone SE, since the company has already killed 16 GB models. The company currently sells 32GB and 128GB models. But we can expect the 64GB versions or have this model as a base variant. Since Apple will not be adding microSD slots to its devices, more storage options without inflating the price will be fantastic news for Apple fans
Apple's idea for a cheap iPhone was Rs 39,000 (for the 16GB model). Almost after two years of launch, iPhone SE sells for Rs 26,000 (32GB) and Rs 35,000 (128GB). Although the iPhone SE is still receiving the latest iOS support, it is unlikely that the phone will reduce the cost of software updates over the next few years.
If Apple manages to keep the price of the iPhone SE 2 close to 30,000 rupees, India could really get going. The Rs 30,000 level is a hot segment with Huawei, Vivo, OPPO and OnePlus with flagship-level phones. With a price of 30,000 rupees, the iPhone SE 2 could be the flagship.