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11th February 2022
Now, before I start can I just quickly mention iOS 15.3.1 that’s just been released. It’s another urgent Security release that contains fixes for Active Zero-Day threats. Get testing/patching – we are for our managed service customers…
So, the iPhone SE
Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, the iPhone SE has been a device that tends to arrive with less razmataz than flagship range devices. However, for the Enterprise Market at least, the iPhone SE has always been a darling of the fleet manager and it has been the low-cost entry to the world of iOS for some time now.
The iPhone SE2
Rumours are swirling that the current iPhone SE (unofficially known as the SE 2) is going end of life.
Launched in 2020, it took a simple formula of putting modern internals into an older iPhone Chassis (the iPhone 6 to iPhone 8) and priced it competitively from the off. This device has done very nicely in the Enterprise space. I’ve always thought it was a clever play from Apple to have this device in the portfolio as a way to stop Android from getting a foothold on the lower cost rungs of the ladder.
So, the rumours about its demise clearly generate interest. Now, if it’s the genuine end of the SE line then that would be bad news for some – after all, the price jump up to the next device in the range is significant.
However, I just don’t see Apple giving up on a sector when it’s successful.
Enter the iPhone SE 3?
The Apple Spring Event is imminent; they’re usually in March or April, with rumours circulating that it might be early March this year. And the Spring event is the natural home of an iPhone SE launch!
Cue the rumour mill about what a new iPhone SE might look like (or even what it might be called). And this year it does seem to be mostly conjecture and rumour.
The only real consensus appears to be that the look of the device will be overhauled to match the current iPhone/iPad look with the slab-sided look – interestingly back to the look of the original iPhone SE in a way as that device was based on the old iPhone 5S chassis.
From there, the rumours start to diverge. Some are thinking that we’ll see a larger screen and the demise of the Home Button / Fingerprint ID, whilst others are going for a more modern take on the current SE 2 features.
My view is that a large screen iPhone SE with Face ID would basically be much too close to the iPhone 13 Mini and risk cannibalising the more premium device’s sales. And since its launch, the Mini range has been pretty niche when it comes to market share anyway.
So, personally, I think we’ll see the last hurrah for Fingerprint ID and the smaller screen, just modernised to match the rest of the range…
But then I’m guessing just like everyone else!
Meanwhile, the announcement this week from Apple that they’re going to allow iPhone’s to accept contactless payments for small businesses will be making a few banks look over their shoulders.
Any small business (in the US for now) will be able to process contactless payments using just an iPhone as a result of this. And it isn’t too much of a leap to think of a world where money changes hands from iPhone to iPhone for individuals also – is big tech aiming at banking next? Definitely one to watch…
For now, that’s enough from me for one week. If you need any assistance with your Mobile estate then, as always, please do get in touch.