Apple has quietly discontinued the biggest storage configuration of the iPhone SE. Beforehand, the SE was obtainable in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB variants. However the 256GB mannequin is not obtainable in Apple’s on-line retailer.
However do not take this to imply that the iPhone SE goes anyplace. In reality, analysts and journalists have printed a number of comparable studies claiming that the iPhone SE will get an improve early subsequent yr.
The studies say that the 2022 iPhone SE will function the Apple’s A15 chip—the identical one which’s contained in the newly introduced iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Professional, and iPad mini. The telephone would additionally function 5G and have Qualcomm’s X60 modem, in line with Nikkei.
So moderately than this being about sunsetting the SE, our greatest guess is that it is about undercutting or cannibalizing the iPhone 12 mini much less.
Final yr, Apple launched two completely different telephones in sizes applicable for one-handed use: the present iteration of the iPhone SE (which borrowed its physique from the iPhone 8) and the iPhone 12 mini (which was a considerably smaller variant of the in any other case an identical iPhone 12).
However whereas the SE and 12 mini offered nicely when their gross sales are mixed into one bucket, they individually had been amongst Apple’s poorest-selling handsets. And the mini performed more poorly than the SE. That is suboptimal for Apple, as a result of the corporate costs extra for the mini. If this variation converts some would-be SE consumers into mini consumers, that might be a boon for Apple’s backside line.
That mentioned, analysts have been predicting for months that 2022’s iPhone lineup will not have a mini mannequin in any respect, after the SE will get a considerable replace.
In any case, lovers of small telephones nonetheless have two, now more-differentiated choices—for now.
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