iPhone SE 2: Multiple listings throw the name of Apple's next "budget" $349 smartphone into doubt; colours, storage options and new release date offered too
Yesterday, it seemed that Apple would time the release of the iPhone SE 2 to scupper the announcement of the OnePlus 8 series. While the name iPhone SE 2 has always been a working name until we received confirmation of the device's retail name, new evidence suggests that Apple is set to turn previous rumours on their head.
Previously, we have speculated that the iPhone 9 would be an unlikely name, with iPhone (2020) being a possible alternative. However, several product listings on Apple.com have got people thinking that the device will simply be called the iPhone SE, instead. Not only that, but that Apple may release the device as early as today.
The product listing for the Belkin InvisiGlass Ultra screen protector caused the most commotion, with Belkin stating that it was compatible with the "iPhone SE/8/7". A screen protector for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7 would not fit the original iPhone SE, as we sure you are aware. However, the iPhone SE 2 is said to be based on the design of the iPhone 8, complete with a 4.7-inch display, making it compatible with the Belkin InvisiGlass Ultra. Apple or Belkin has now updated the listing by removing the reference to iPhone SE, but the "AppleCare+ for iPhone SE" remains online. Apple does not sell AppleCare+ programs for older iPhones, especially not ones that are four years old, so this listing has us scratching our heads.
Unsurprisingly, the sighting of these listings on the same day has got people thinking that Apple is launching the iPhone SE (2020) today. However, Jon Prosser has pointed out that the Belkin listing contained references to the iPhone SE since March 11, eliminating the listing as evidence of an impending release. Prosser adds that the rumoured iPhone SE 2 Plus "probably won't make the initial launch" either, as Apple is yet to finish production of the device. Incidentally, a Canadian retailer has updated its website with iPhone 9 placeholders, too.
Elsewhere, 9to5Mac claims to have received exclusive information that Apple will launch the iPhone SE 2 in Black, White and PRODUCT(RED) with up to 256 GB of storage. Specifically, there will be three storage tiers starting at 64 GB, echoing iGeeksBlog's claims last week. Additionally, Apple will sell five cases for the device, which 9to5Mac states will be called:
- Black silicone
- White silicone
- Red leather
- Black leather
- Midnight Blue leather
9to5Mac is also now referring to the iPhone SE 2 as the iPhone SE. Seemingly, there is some weight behind the idea that Apple will call the device the iPhone SE then, although we suspect that most outlets will refer to it as the iPhone SE (2020) to avoid confusion.