Apple quietly ditched the iPhone SE’s larger storage setup. Previously, the SE was available in 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB variants. But the 256 GB model is no longer available in Apple’s online store.
But don’t take that to mean iPhone SE is going anywhere. In fact, analysts and journalists have released several similar reports claiming that the iPhone SE will get an upgrade early next year.
Reports say the iPhone SE 2022 will feature Apple’s A15 chip, the same one found inside the new iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPad mini. The phone would also feature 5G and Qualcomm’s X60 modem, according to Nikkei.
So rather than end the extinction of the SE, our best guess is that it’s about shrinking or cannibalizing the iPhone 12 mini less.
Apple last year introduced two different phones in sizes suitable for one-handed use: the current iteration of the iPhone SE (which borrowed its body from the iPhone 8) and the iPhone 12 mini ( which was a significantly smaller variant of the otherwise identical iPhone). iPhone12).
But while the SE and the 12 mini did well when their sales are combined into one bucket, they were individually among Apple’s least-selling handsets. And the mini performed less well than the SE. That’s sub-optimal for Apple, as the company charges more for the mini. If this change converts some potential SE buyers into mini buyers, it could be a boon to Apple’s bottom line.
That said, analysts have predicted for months that the 2022 iPhone lineup won’t have a mini-model at all, after the SE received a substantial update.
In any case, fans of small phones still have two options, now more differentiated, for the moment.
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