iPhone SE 2 release date, news, price and leaks


Update: A new report suggests we might not see the iPhone SE 2 until September and that its screen could be anywhere from 4 to 6 inches in size, as Apple is apparently yet to decide on a final design. Plus, the report states that the iPhone SE 2 will have Face ID.

Apple may in fact launch the fabled iPhone SE 2, the overdue sequel to its wallet- and one-hand-friendly smartphone. We could see it in a matter of weeks.

That’s great news for anyone looking to upgrade their iPhone without spending a fortune on something like the iPhone X. The iPhone SE 2 could be half the price.

The latest iPhone SE leaks hint that it could come in multiple storage sizes and in various colors. This could be Apple’s ‘fun’ phone with bold iPod touch-like stylings.

Most of all, it could provide a smaller-screen experience, easy to hold in one hand, yet fully capable of running iOS 11 and providing a specs upgrade over the original iPhone SE.

Here’s everything we know about Apple’s rumored iPhone SE 2.

The iPhone SE launched in March 2016

The iPhone SE launched in March 2016

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Apple’s new, improved take on the compact smartphone
  • When is it out? It’s really unclear, maybe WWDC 2018
  • How much will it cost? Possibly around $450 (roughly £340/AU$590)

iPhone SE 2 release date

Hottest leaks:

  • iPhone SE 2 release date: could be May/June

The illusive iPhone SE 2 release date could finally happen as Apple’s WWDC 2018, with the big keynote (and possibly an announcement) happening on June 4.  

Why then? It’s Apple’s next big launch event (namely iOS 12) and the eleven variants of an Apple device just did cross the Eurasian Economic Commission database.

Apple’s Eurasian filings have outed important products before, including the AirPods, and it usually foreshadows new gadgets one to two months ahead of time.

This backs up two separate rumors pointing to an announcement sometime in 2018, with one adding that the iPhone SE 2 is likely to enter mass production in the first quarter of 2018.

Analyst Karl Ackerman has also claimed that the iPhone SE 2 could arrive in May/June, which chimes with other rumors suggesting a middle of the year launch, although no guarantee was made.

“We think that [Apple] has planned a second gen[eration] of the [iPhone] SE model …  at this point there hasn’t been a firm commitment to launch the device” Ackerman  said.

That said, a recent report from a ‘Chinese accessory maker’ states that the iPhone SE 2 won’t be unveiled until September, and that as of mid-May the company hasn’t even finalized the design, with both a 4.0-inch and a 6.0-inch model apparently under consideration.

Not only that, but prominent industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo doesn’t believe Apple has the capacity to make an iPhone SE 2 this year.

He said, “with three new models in the pipeline for the second half of 2018, we believe Apple may have used up its development resources.”

iPhone SE price

Hottest leaks:

  • iPhone SE 2 price: rumored to be $450 (around £340, AU$590)
  • A price hike over predecessor is likely

In terms of pricing, the iPhone SE 2 will likely remain Apple’s most affordable iPhone – if it ever shows up. The only pricing rumor so far points to a roughly $450 (around £340, AU$590) price, which seems believable.

The original iPhone SE started at $399 (£379, AU$679) for the 16GB variant, but now it starts at $349 (£349, AU$549) for 32GB of storage, as the 16GB model has been discontinued and the price dropped due to its aging innards.

We’d expect the iPhone SE 2 to cost at least as much, and a price rise is likely, but it should still be cheap relative to the rest of Apple’s range.

The iPhone SE 2 could boast a brand new look

The iPhone SE 2 could boast a brand new look

iPhone SE 2 design

Hottest leaks:

  • iPhone X notch could appear in iPhone SE 2 display
  • Home button and headphone jack may be dropped

The iPhone SE 2 is in line for a makeover. That is, at least, if you believe the rumors currently circulating about the handset.

A video posted on social networking site Weibo, and spotted by Macotakara, appears to show a radically redesigned handset to the square block we’ve been used to from Apple’s compact mobile line.

It includes almost all display on the front of the SE 2, with a notch at the top like the iPhone X, affirmed recently by case maker Olixar, while round the back we could be treated to dual rear cameras – although when you consider even the iPhone 8 doesn’t have a dual camera it seems unlikely Apple would put it on a smaller, cheaper model.

Take a look at the leaked video below and make up your own mind on whether it’s legit or not. Looking closely at the video, it doesn’t quite feel right, as the device doesn’t appear to have the Apple finesse we’re used to seeing.