5 potential reasons why the iPhone SE could be a big mistake

While phone manufacturers have gone on and made bigger and bigger smartphones, Apple has decided to take a step back and make a smaller iPhone in hopes of capturing a market which could boost their iPhone sales...
Apple’s 4-inch iPhone refresh to be named ‘iPhone SE’?
While a 4-inch iPhone sounds like a good idea, many are actually a bit surprised by the decision by the Cupertino-based tech giant. Despite the excitement shown by people towards the iPhone SE release, is it actually a good move by Apple? Here are 5 potential reasons why the iPhone SE could be a big mistake.

1. People Are Already Used to Large Smartphones 
It’s no question that the smartphone users have embraced the larger models over the last couple of years. While some people have stayed using smaller smartphones, the large majority of the people have accepted and enjoyed using the larger phones now. With this said, I don’t see many users ditching their 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus just to get their hands on the iPhone SE.

2. Lower Price Means Lower Specs 
One reason why many people think that the iPhone SE is a good idea is that it will come with a lower price tag. While this sounds like a good idea, if you think about it carefully the price is lower for the iPhone SE because it won’t have the same specs as the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Low price means lower specs and this could really backfire if users start complaining about performance issues with the iPhone SE.

3. Poor User Experience 
Having a 4-inch iPhone was okay in the past when only 4-inch smartphones were available at that time. But now that smartphones have become more than just phones, settling for an iPhone with a smaller screen may not be a good idea. With games, movies and apps nowadays being more enjoyable with a larger screen, the user experience and with a 4-inch iPhone SE could really suffer.
4. No Match Against the Competition 
While Apple may say that the iPhone SE is not going against the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S7 in the market, users won’t really think of it that way. All they would think of is which phone is the best one available. The Galaxy S7 is sleek, super-fast and it is waterproof so launching the low-priced iPhone SE at the same time may not be a wise move.

5. It’s Still Too Expensive Compared to Other Smartphone Options 
According to TechInsider, the iPhone SE is rumored to be priced at $450 for the basic 16GB model. While this is cheaper than the previous iPhones, it is still expensive when you think about all the other great smartphone options available.

It will be interesting to see how the iPhone SE will be received once it is officially launched on March 21st at the Apple media event. Only time will tell if releasing a 4-inch iPhone is an amazing sales strategy or if it will become a huge flop in the market.

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iPhone SE rumor roundup
Apple's rumored to be putting new life into the 4-inch smartphone with an iPhone SE upgrade  possibly as soon as March 21!

Instead of letting the 4-inch iPhone go the way of the dinosaur, rumor has it Apple is going to give it new specs and a new life... as the iPhone SE. That would keep a small iPhone on the market, for those that still prefer it, and keep the entry-level iPhone distinct from Apple's flagships.

What kind of spec bumps will we see, and when will the SE appear? We'll have to wait for Apple's official announcement to know for sure, but in the meantime, we can look at the rumors and try to figure out where and how to set our expectations. Let's do that now!

iPhone SE name
The currently-rumored name for the new 4-inch iPhone is iPhone SE. That may look odd for those used to seeing numbers in their iPhone names, but here's the deal: It's likely not being called a variant of the iPhone 5 because, even though it's the same size, it won't be at all the same internally. It's not using the "c" designator because, unlike the iPhone 5c, it's not in a candy-colored shell. It also won't be named after the iPhone 6s because that might devalue Apple's current flagship lineup.

So, iPhone SE.
Apple introduced the "S"-variant names in 2009 with the iPhone 3GS. Back then, the "S" stood for "speed" in recognition of the increase in processor and radio performance. Apple continued the convention with the iPhone 4S later re-styled iPhone 4s in 2011. While the iPhone 4s was speedier in many ways, it also had "Siri". The iPhone 5s came in 2013, which was again speedier, but again also had a new "sensor" in Touch ID. If iPhone SE is an upgraded iPhone 5s, it makes sense to brand it as such.

Apple has, of course, sometimes skipped new branding entirely. The early 2013 iPad was simply the "new iPad" and the 2015 Apple TV was simple the "new Apple TV", even though both were major updates. That can cause confusion, though, especially for those searching for accessories.

iPhone SE wouldn't be the first double letter name either. The first "S"-variant was also packed double letters: iPhone 3GS. The original iPhone 3G name which could just as easily have been iPhone 2 reflected the updated radio technology. Apple could have gone with iPhone 3S, but they wanted to keep the iPhone 3G branding. iPhone SE would fit that pattern: keep the iPhone 5s branding but enhance it.
(Way back in 1987, of course, Apple released a Macintosh SE. Convenient nostalgia is still nostalgia, after all.)

iPhone SE release date rumors
Since the iPhone 5 in 2012, Apple has released all its new iPhones in September. The iPhone SE, however, is being rumored for a March release. Why the early launch? Likely, because it gets a new 4-inch iPhone onto the market sooner rather than later.

That should hopefully encourage the 60 percent of customers who haven't yet upgraded from an iPhone 5s or older to get back into the new smartphone game especially customers who prefer the 4-inch size. It'll also keep it away from iPhone 7 this fall, where it would either be overshadowed by the new design or distract from new messaging.

If Apple does decide to release the iPhone SE in March, the company could include it in a special spring event, much like it held last year. If that's the case, we'll likely see the iPhone SE appear on March 21, at Apple's Cupertino campus.

iPhone SE design and colors
The iPhone SE design is rumored to be similar to that of the original iPhone 5s, which should come as no surprise. The front should be nearly indistinguishable, with a 4-inch LCD display, ambient light sensor, earpiece and front-mounted FaceTime camera on top, and the same Home button with Touch ID on the bottom.

The original iPhone 5s introduced the champagne gold color to the lineup, expanding on the previous space gray and silver. Apple currently only sells the older phones in space black and silver, though.

It's possible Apple will leave it that way so as not to draw too much attention away from the higher-end iPhones 6s. But if size alone is enough of a differentiator, and Apple wants to appeal not just to budget-buyers but those who want a 4-inch iPhone specifically, the company could not only bring back the gold, but add the new rose gold color as well.

iPhone SE spec speculation
Last year, when Apple bumped the iPod touch from 2012 to 2015, the company did so by improving the chipset and camera systems. The same seems reasonable for Apple when it comes to bumping the 2013 iPhone 5s to 2016.

iPhone SE apparently reports as "iPhone8,4", which would peg the internals as iPhone 6s-class. That means we could see an Apple A9 processor, modern iSight and FaceTime cameras, and the latest radio technology would make sure those who wanted a smaller or a cheaper iPhone would get the best experience possible.

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