Back in 2007 Apple launched the iPhone. Since then it has remained one of the major smartphone companies and, like many others, they’re devices have been getting larger and larger. The iPhone SE will be the first phone from Apple to buck that trend.
The first iPhone that was launched over 8 years ago had a 3.5-inch screen size. This held through to the iPhone 4 and then the iPhone 5 increased it to a 4-inch screen. The iPhone 6 took it a step further to 4.7-inches and then the iPhone 6 Plus came out boasting a 5.5-inch screen. It seemed to me that Apple would keep pushing bigger screen sizes until the iPhone and iPad merged together into one, then keep going until they’re essentially selling a computer monitor.
If they go back to their roots maybe our phones can double as clubs
I appear to have been wrong, at least for now. The next development from Apple is actually taking a few steps back to the iPhone 5 and giving the iPhone SE a 4-inch screen and keeping all the benefits of the iPhone 6s. It will be cheaper too, you can pre-order it now for the ‘low’ price of €499, compared to €759 and €869 for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus respectively.
Apple seems to be targeting iPhone 5 users that have held off on upgrading their phones because of the size of the 6 and 6s. It still remains to be seen if there’s a market for this kind of thing, the only major competition for a smaller phone with power similar to the larger ones is the Xperia z5 from Sony, other companies like Samsung and HTC tend to make ‘budget’ phones, less powerful and cheaper.
It doesn’t look like Apple want to stoop down to that, no, Apple makes Premium products with high price tags. This is the closest they’re going to get to affordability as far as I can see, so if you’ve held off on upgrading the iPhone SE might be for you.
It’s not for me, I don’t have the money for that kind of thing so I’ll be keeping my eye out for bargains. Maybe the Cubot.