Second, most of the rest of the world has moved on to larger smartphones with ever larger displays. Finally, Apple knows that not many iPhone SE’s were so why bother? What’s the real problem with smaller smartphones?
Three years ago iPhone SE was Apple’s least expensive new iPhone, and one of the few smartphones that packed power, good camera, and would fit in a back pocket without bending. Three years later and the only iPhone SE’s you can find are on eBay or dwindling stock on Apple.com as the company purges remaining parts.
The differences between iPhone SE and the current smallest iPhone are nominal in every way.
iPhone SE weighs in just under 3.99-ounces whiles iPhone 7 is less than an ounce heavier. That extra ounce supports a larger display, too– 4.7-inches vs. 4-inches, yet both have 326-ppi screen pixel density. Even the iPhone 7’s screen-to-body ratio is better, a brighter display, and it comes with 3D Touch.
iPhone 7 is more waterproof than iPhone SE, faster in every way, and has a better camera; front and back, yet, thanks to a smaller display, iPhone SE’s battery is very good. iPhone SE sold at $349 and iPhone 7 is down to $449.
Is this the end of the small iPhone?
Owners of Apple’s diminutive iPhone SE are a vocal group but Apple knows something about sales numbers that the rest of us certified Apple watchers do not. The world has moved on to larger displays. It’s not that Apple cannot make a less expensive iPhone SE at the 4-inch size. Components that are a year or two old are plentiful, as evidenced by iPhone 7 and 7S remaining in Apple’s lineup.
Should Apple make a smaller iPhone?
Math is involved. The company needs to sell enough iPhone SE-like devices to turn a profit, and not cannibalize sales of models in the current line. At what price point is a future iPhone SE not a good buy? Would you buy an newer SE if it had the same basic specifications– CPU, display, camera– as iPhone 8 or 8 Plus, but in a 4-inch package and priced the same as iPhone 7? $449?
Look around. You won’t see too many iPhones of the SE class and earlier, and not many smaller smartphones continue in use. Flip phones? Nokia-class pocket phones? They’re history.
What I would like to see is a smaller iPhone SE– 4-inch seems to be the perfect one-handed size– with upgraded specifications to match the lower end of the iPhone scale; say, iPhone 7 or iPhone 8, but priced perhaps $50 less.
Just as we pay more for newer components and a larger display, we would also pay for upgraded components with a smaller display– but the attraction is just that. A smaller display for those of us who prefer a phone that fits in a single hand.
Is that reasonable?