Why I'm hoping the iPhone SE is the upgrade I've been waiting two years for!
In 2014, Apple introduced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. They looked amazing, had advanced display technology, better processors and cameras, and a whole lot more. They also had one major flaw to someone like me — the size.
My hands are relatively small compared to the average person. I blame my short fingers. One-handed texting on the four-inch iPhone 5s was already a stretch for my stubby thumbs. So, I wasn't about to go any bigger.
The following year, I had big hopes for a small course correction — that Apple would see the error of its ways and reintroduce a four-inch handset for the millions of us that like the 4-inch form factor. But, alas, my cries went unheard. Instead, we got the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s plus, as big and bigger as the previous generation. I was tempted by 3D Touch but still not enough to upgrade. Again, because of size.
The big-as-in-small upgrade
This month, Apple is expected to launch the iPhone SE. I'm hopeful that it will be exactly what I've been waiting more than two years for — a 4-inch handset with all the bells and whistles of the iPhone 6s.
That means a faster A9 and M9 processor, upgraded iSight and FaceTime camera, better LTE performance, a barometer sensor, Apple Pay, and possibly Live Photos and a rose gold option.
My current iPhone 5s is two-and-a-half years old. That's a big faux pas in the tech blogging world. I am regularly made the butt of jokes for my outdated hardware. But, I was so against the larger iPhone that I am willing to face ridicule from my peers in order to maintain a size I am comfortable with.
With the iPhone SE, that's what I'll be getting. Even if the iPhone SE were exactly like the iPhone 6s, but smaller, I'd pay the same price for it. Cost isn't even a factor, not for me.
Apple, of course, is likely to keep the price at the same point as the iPhone 5s in order to appeal to customers looking for something less expensive. That also probably means it won't be exactly like the iPhone 6s. There may not be 3D Touch or the Retina Flash. But, I'm willing to compromise in order to get the size I want.
Back to the future
If the iPhone SE becomes a reality, I'll can finally join my companions in celebrating many of the latest, greatest Apple technologies while still getting them in a package made for hands my size.
I can finally have my new iPhone and text one-handed, too.
Take my money.