Everything known about the 2020 'iPhone SE'

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in General Discussion edited July 2020
The launch of the so-called 2020 "iPhone SE," largely expected to be an updated iPhone 8-style device, is imminent. Here's what's been discovered about the subject of rumors for the last three years.

The 'iPhone SE' is expected to have a design basically the same as the iPhone 8.
The 'iPhone SE' is expected to have a design basically the same as the iPhone 8.


While rumors about a low-cost iPhone refresh have been circulating for years, it now appears that Apple will debut the device in early 2020 -- and probably very soon. Here's everything that's been discovered about the upcoming 4.7-inch iPhone.

The 'iPhone SE 2' at a glance

According to the latest rumors and leaks, here are some key points about the "iPhone SE."
  • The same footprint as the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 footprint

  • Latest-generation A13 chip and 3GB of RAM

  • 64, 128 and 256GB storage variants

  • Retain a Home button with Touch ID

  • Retail as low as $399

  • Larger 5.5-inch "iPhone SE Plus" model at some point

'iPhone SE 2' design

Despite the now possibly confirmed "iPhone SE" moniker, the device is more likely to be a spiritual successor to the iPhone 8 instead of the popular 4-inch form factor.

At this point, that 4.7-inch footprint is so likely that case makers are already going all-in on the size. In late March, cases for an affordable iPhone 8-style device began arriving at Best Buy.

There may also be a larger version of the "iPhone SE" available, according to leaked code strings within iOS 14. That device would be akin to the iPhone 8 Plus, just with the same updated internals.

We're not currently expecting any major design overhauls like an edge-to-edge display, OLED panel or a TrueDepth Face ID sensor suite. Like last year's stable of iPads, the device will continue to rely on older tech like Touch ID and will sport aging, bezeled designs. But its price point and internal upgrades, which we'll get to below, may make it a popular choice for many consumers.

'iPhone SE 2' specifications

A concept render of what the 2020
A concept render of what the 2020 "iPhone SE" will look like. Courtesy of OnLeaks and iGeeksblog.


Apple is definitely going to give the "iPhone SE" an overhaul in terms of its internal specifications. But users should expect incremental updates, not major ones.

Back in January 2018, well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested that the "iPhone SE 2" would sport an A13 processor -- the same as the CPU in the iPhone 11 -- and 3GB of RAM.

More minor updates could include a new Liquid Crystal Polymer antenna design, which would give the refreshed device better cellular reception and performance.

Leaked code in iOS 14 also suggests that the "iPhone SE" will retain a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, though it may support the so-called CarKey feature for locking, unlocking and starting compatible vehicles.

The latest information indicates that the 2020 "iPhone SE" will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage configurations and will launch in white, black and PRODUCT(RED) variants.

All of this is to say that the new "iPhone SE" will an entry-level device that will lower the barrier of entry for Apple's latest advancements in silicon, making it an attractive choice for users who have been holding out on upgrading from older iPhones for reasons of price or familiarity.

iPhone SE availability

Rumors about the updated device's launch date have shifted drastically over the years. In summer 2017, reports suggested that a second-generation iPhone SE could debut in early 2018, for example. Now, it appears that the 2020 "iPhone SE" will launch sometime in April 2020.

Past rumored release dates include April 3, April 5 and April 15. None of those came to fruition, so at this point, we're only comfortable saying that the "iPhone SE" will launch in the very near future. But an exact day is still up in the air.

As far as price, that's less clear. But a report from February 2020 suggests that it could start at $399, presumably for the base 64GB tier. That's about on-par with previous iterations of the iPhone SE, and cheaper than Apple's current lowest-cost iPhone, the $449 iPhone 8.

'iPhone SE 2' name

An iPhone 8-compatible screen protector was updated to reflect 'iPhone SE' compatibility on Apple's site.
An iPhone 8-compatible screen protector was updated to reflect 'iPhone SE' compatibility on Apple's site.


The upcoming 4.7-inch device has been given several monikers by leakers, analysts and others in the Apple blogosphere. That includes "iPhone SE 2" and "iPhone 9."

At this point, it appears that the device will simply be dubbed the "iPhone SE," according to an apparent leak from an accessory on Apple's official online storefront.

The aforementioned tipster also suggested that Apple would differentiate the new model from past iPhone SE devices by referring to it specifically as an "iPhone SE 2020."

It isn't clear if the larger model -- if it exists -- will be dubbed the "iPhone SE Plus."

While an "iPhone 9" and "iPhone 9 Plus" moniker may make more sense to some consumers, the device is likely aimed at filling the gap that the original iPhone SE left. From that perspective, the "iPhone SE" name, in which the SE stands for "special edition," would be in-line with Apple's past low-cost iPhone strategy.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 20
    cmasoncmason Posts: 41member
    Interested.  Have a current SE, would love a new one.  Totally over the whole headphone jack thing.  Not a problem.  But what about the power (sleep/wake) button.  Is it on the side or on the top?
  • Reply 2 of 20
    entropysentropys Posts: 3,195member
    While a credible tipster indicated that Apple would announce the device on Friday, April 3, another leaker said that the launch is slated for April 15.
    My iPhone 7 battery is rapidly approaching complete meltdown. I want a new, high powered smaller iPhone than current offerings. Please hurry Apple.
  • Reply 3 of 20
    Fred257Fred257 Posts: 124member
    I’m writing this on my SE.  I love this device!  Can’t wait for a new one!
  • Reply 4 of 20
    Nothing about the camera? I'm still with my SE too but not holding specifically for the 2020 version
  • Reply 5 of 20
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 6,316administrator
    ForumPost said:
    Nothing about the camera? I'm still with my SE too but not holding specifically for the 2020 version
    Nothing we know with any certainty at this point.
  • Reply 6 of 20
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member
    ForumPost said:
    Nothing about the camera? I'm still with my SE too but not holding specifically for the 2020 version
    I doubt that it'll feature the same camera as found in the top models of iPhone for example, but I think it's safe to say that whatever camera it'll have will be better than what is currently found on the original SE.


  • Reply 7 of 20
    This rumor, if true, doesn’t make much sense to me. I think folks who have been pining for an updated SE primarily wanted a smaller form factor phone (and less expensive).  Is it too much to hope the new device is full screen (which, if full screen is 4.7” would make it quite a bit smaller than the iPhone 7/8)

    Apple might be delivering on “less expensive” but if they’re going with a retread iPhone 8, why not just discount the XR a bit more, saving all the hassle?
  • Reply 8 of 20
    cmasoncmason Posts: 41member
    I think it is a mistake for Apple to focus on making a cheap phone.  I don’t want a cheap phone, just want a smaller one.
    Beatsright_said_fred
  • Reply 9 of 20
    GobnuGobnu Posts: 17member
    Agree with both last comments!! Blah!! Too large! If most people that currently use an SE wanted an iPhone 8, they would have gotten one a long time ago. Guess I’ll have to keep dreaming of a 4/5 chassis with updated internals and slightly smaller bezels. My SE is a tank compared to any new phone. Guess I’ll have to start shopping for my 3rd battery replacement. 
    edited April 2020
  • Reply 10 of 20
    raudawgraudawg Posts: 2member
    Will this phone have the U1 chip?
  • Reply 11 of 20
    BeatsBeats Posts: 2,634member
    Fred257 said:
    I’m writing this on my SE.  I love this device!  Can’t wait for a new one!

    If the new rumors are true just get an iPhone 8.

    cmason said:
    I think it is a mistake for Apple to focus on making a cheap phone.  I don’t want a cheap phone, just want a smaller one.

    They already have a cheap iPhone called iPhone 8. Same crap as these rumors. This doesn't make sense.

    Unless they call it iPhone 9 and release a Smaller SE along with it. This would please everyone.
  • Reply 12 of 20
    macguimacgui Posts: 2,062member
    At this point, it's painfully obvious there will not be an iPhone similar in size to the SE. Not.gonna.happen.

    It will be a revamped, rebooted, retooled iPhone 8. You don't have to stop wanting a revamped, updated SE. You have to stop expecting it, or you'll be disappointed. It's not coming.

    Nothing to see here. Time to move on.

    mike1
  • Reply 13 of 20
    cmason said:
    Interested.  Have a current SE, would love a new one.  Totally over the whole headphone jack thing.  Not a problem.  But what about the power (sleep/wake) button.  Is it on the side or on the top?
    Given that it’s based in the iPhone 8 form factor, the Sleep/Wake button will likely be on the right side of the phone. 
  • Reply 14 of 20
    Beats said:
    Fred257 said:
    I’m writing this on my SE.  I love this device!  Can’t wait for a new one!

    If the new rumors are true just get an iPhone 8.

    That is probably bad advice, since the rumored price for the new iPhone SE is lower than the current iPhone 8 price. And even if it was the same price, the performance gain alone would be worth it, as well as the longevity, since the iPhone 8 will only be supported for a few more years, at most. 
    spock1234avon b7mbenz1962
  • Reply 15 of 20
    ForumPost said:
    Nothing about the camera? I'm still with my SE too but not holding specifically for the 2020 version
    You can be sure it’s a single lens camera. The XR has a single, and it’s $200 more expensive. 

    And it’ll be the wide angle 12MP, ƒ/1.8, 6 element lens with OIS. Portrait mode only for people? 
  • Reply 16 of 20
    I am just curious if it will have double SIM functionality.
    Have switched for it few years ago for a 400$ Android (as needed second phone formy second SIM)
    and since that update every 2 years for newest Android OS updated spec ~400$ phone.
  • Reply 17 of 20
    Penduick said:
    I am just curious if it will have double SIM functionality.
    Have switched for it few years ago for a 400$ Android (as needed second phone formy second SIM)
    and since that update every 2 years for newest Android OS updated spec ~400$ phone.
    The 8 the SE (2020) is based on doesn’t have dual SIM, but it’s an important feature in the target market and I expect the SE will have it. But who knows?
  • Reply 18 of 20
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 9,628member
    Gobnu said:
    Agree with both last comments!! Blah!! Too large! If most people that currently use an SE wanted an iPhone 8, they would have gotten one a long time ago. Guess I’ll have to keep dreaming of a 4/5 chassis with updated internals and slightly smaller bezels. My SE is a tank compared to any new phone. Guess I’ll have to start shopping for my 3rd battery replacement. 
    Why wait for something that’s never going to come? There are plenty of iKnockoff phones out there that can fit your bill. Take that 3rd battery money and buy one of those. Be happy instead of disappointed with Apple.
    mike1
  • Reply 19 of 20
    MplsPMplsP Posts: 3,428member
    ForumPost said:
    Nothing about the camera? I'm still with my SE too but not holding specifically for the 2020 version
    Nothing we know with any certainty at this point.
    With any certainty? The only information you have on the ‘iPhone SE’ is speculations and rumors. This article shouldn’t be titled “everything we know,” it should be titled “all the rumors in one place”
  • Reply 20 of 20
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 2,580member
    Same re-cycled info. Please do not write article about iPhone SE 2/ iPhone 9 unless solid announcement date and price are known. And true for Appleinsider or 9to5Mac or Macrumors or whoever those media be.

    edited April 2020
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