What you need to know
- Rumors of an iPhone SE replacement won't go away.
- Some believe it will carry the "iPhone 9" designation.
- But who will buy it?
You don't need to be hanging on to every word uttered by an analyst to know that there's tons of buzz around right now. All that buzz seems to focus on a new iPhone SE successor. But it isn't going to be called iPhone SE 2. At least, that's what the rumors say.
Instead, we're going to get iPhone 9. And it won't look like iPhone SE, either. It's going to have a 4.7-inch display – again, so we're told – and be powered by the impressive A13 Bionic chip that keeps iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro chugging along in ways the competition would kill for. So iPhone 9 will be fast. Real fast.
It'll reportedly make use of some of the same camera tech that iPhone 11 has as well. That means new and improved Smart HDR, and a new wide-angle lens with all focus pixels, all the time. And that A13 processor will mean we can look forward to 4K video being recorded at 60fps.
It'll have a Home button, too. No fancy Face ID here.
If all of that sounds like iPhone 8 with new internals, that's because it is. And it'll look like it, too, should Apple follow what the analysts say and announce this thing in the coming weeks. But it'll be cheap. Like, iPhone SE cheap.
We've been told that it could sell for around $399. Off-contract, that's the kind of price normally reserved for low-tier Android phones. And iPhone SE but, you know. That's all kinds of dead these days. And boy do people miss it.
But why do they miss it? Most will tell you that it's the combination of having a Home button and that 4-inch LCD. And there, we come to a problem. This won't have a 4-inch display and will be considerably larger – in every way – than the now infamous iPhone SE. And that's going to be a problem for some.
My question is, who? You?
I want to know whether you intend to buy iPhone 9 if it arrives in the form we've been told to expect, at the price we're anticipating. Hit me up in the comments and do the thing with the poll down below. I'm super curious to see how this one pans out.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
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I would rather have voted "not in the market for a new smartphone". Apart from that, I prefer the flagship. With the then current smartwatch. (Applies to both iOS and Android.) My oldest smartphone in use is an iPhone 7 Plus, so the replacement would also be a larger one.
I have the XS and decided to skip the 11 series phones. I will re-evaluate the 12 or 11s or whatever they call it later this year. One thing I am going to do no matter what is get off the end of the year cycle for my upgrade and stick with the XS until probably March of 2021 as long as this one is still working.
That'll be a hard pass for me, which is too bad, because I was looking forward to an SE2 with the SE form factor. As a happy 11 Pro owner, the SE2 would have fit a need. However, an updated 8 does not. But, like those wanting an updated SE in the same form factor, I would think there are many that will enjoy an updated and beefed-up 8 form factor.
The beefed up 8 is smaller than any other iPhone currently. So. It is the se at this point. If you were expecting a 5s sized device you were sorely mistaken.
I don't think Apple will name it the SE if it's an updated iPhone 8, most likely it would be called the iPhone 9 as this article calls it. The iPhone SE was specifically named to represent that it was much smaller than modern phones. There's a lot of people that want an iPhone that's the same size as the SE, it'd be a shame if Apple didn't do it. Half the articles on the internet suggest they're doing another iPhone SE, the other half say it's going to be an iPhone 9, guess we'll just have to wait and see. I'd love a 5S sized phone but I get the bigger ones for better battery life.
By all means yes! I absolutely hate the infamous notch & I am not a big fan of Face ID. I already use an SE but while it is an absolute pleasure to carry around and fits in every conceivable pocket, the screen size & ease of typing on the keyboard is not ideal for my eyes & fingers any longer. The 8 form factor & screen size is perfect (for me). I don't expect Apple to use the A13, (possibly the A12) but in any case I will buy one on the very first day it becomes available in retail.
I would prefer the SE smaller chassis. At this price and if all the specs are true (64 GB please), it's mostly irresistible. Sort of like the 12.9" iPad. If it were $329, I would probably own at least two. As is, I have none. I'm ok with a big screen iPad because I don't have to lug it around. I think a lot of this comes down to how the device is being used. My iPhone usage when I'm "mobile" doesn't require a large screen. If an ISP would only offer it, I would put the cellular plan exclusively on the watch.
No, I like a larger screen. Currently have an 8 plus and it is fine. But women like a smaller phone, typically because they have smaller hands than a man. 4.7” is fine. I would be very surprised if it has the A13. If it does, it will be dual core or maybe quad core. It will not be 6 core like the 11. There is no way they are going to put the iPhone 11 into a smaller case for $400.
I’d rather have a smaller phone like my trusty SE, but as an active part of an iFamily, I‘ll probably take the “9” if it’s all they have to offer when the time comes.
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