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Will Apple upgrade the iPhone SE in 2017?

When Apple first released the iPhone SE there were many naysayers in the media that downplayed the appeal of a new 4-inch phone. Well these nattering nabobs of negativism where proven wrong when the iPhone SE proved to be quite popular with Apple’s customers.

Unfortunately, it seems increasingly likely that the iPhone SE will not get an update in 2017, according to a recent report on the MacRumors site:

Apple will not refresh the iPhone SE in the first half of 2017, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The lack of refresh comes as Apple attempts to maintain high margins on its high-end iPhone models, Kuo said in a new research note.

Kuo forecasts that total shipment volume of iPhones will decline in the first half of 2017 due to tepid demand in China, slow shipment volume of 4.7-inch iPhones and the lack of an iPhone SE refresh in the second quarter of the year. Kuo argues that shipment volume came in higher in the first half of 2016 due to “upbeat demand for the iPhone SE.”

Apple introduced the iPhone SE in March 2016, packing in many of the iPhone 6s’ features and component into a 4-inch frame similar to that of the iPhone 5s. It’s unclear what kind of upgrade schedule Apple will adopt for the device, but it’s internals are powerful enough to remain a capable phone for a couple of years.

More at MacRumors

As always I take this kind of rumor with a huge grain of salt, only Apple knows if they will update the iPhone SE in 2017 or not. However, Kuo has been proven right in the past on other predictions so it’s worth taking note of his comments about the iPhone SE.

iPhone SE owners deserve an upgrade

If Apple does not update the iPhone SE and does not release a 4-inch or 4.3-inch version of the iPhone 8, I think the company will be doing its customers a major disservice and it will no doubt anger some owners of the current iPhone SE.

Don’t get me wrong here, the hardware in the iPhone SE is by no means bad. Current iPhone SE owners could certainly get by fine for another year, but the fact is that they should have the option to upgrade to a newer model the same way that owners of the larger iPhones are able to do each year.

One of the criticisms of the iPhone SE was that it lacked some of the hardware features found in the iPhone 6 and 6s Plus when it was first released. Some reviewers and users were disappointed that 3D Touch and other features found in the larger phones were not available in the iPhone SE.

That resentment about having to settle for a slightly lesser model of iPhone is going to grow the longer Apple holds off on updating the iPhone SE. Fans of smaller phones might rightly call into question the fairness of being forced by Apple to lag behind users of larger iPhones.

Why should iPhone SE users accept being second class customers?

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