2016 small iPhone is here

Larger models are coming soon.

Apple had a sleeper product release a few months ago.  They released the iPhone SE!!  What’s the SE?  Is it an accessory for the iPhone?  It’s actually a brand new, 2016 iPhone from Apple.  You can look at Apple’s lineup and see three new models — the iPhone SE, iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. The two 6s models were released in fall 2015.  

Apple had an era in its iPhone history where many users feel they hit the sweet spot.  The first five iPhones (2007 – 2011) were 3.5 inches diagonally.  It seemed adequate in the beginning but by the end of that run they were quite small compared to competitors.  The 2012 and 2013 iPhones (5 and 5s, 5c) were 4 inches.  In 2014 and 2015, Apple gave us 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch iPhones.     You might be following along and discerning that the opinion I am referring relates to the 2012-2013 models as the “Goldilocks – just right”  editions of the iPhone.  

However, the iPhone SE is not a rehash by Apple or some desperate attempt to make money on 3 year old hardware.   That’s not the case at all.  The SE has the same specifications, including the A9 processor, as the late 2015  iPhone 6s — but in a 4 inch body.  For a lot of iPhone users, its the best of both worlds.   If you are still stuck on a 2012 or 2013 iPhone and have been reluctant to upgrade because you thought the new models were too big — the iPhone SE is for you.    Do you want to know the best part of the deal?   It’s only $400.  That’s the non-gimmick, full cost.   ATT and Verizon will let you put these phones on the interest free financing plan for $16.67 a month.  

Apple will be releasing updates to the 6s and 6 Plus (the bigger phones) later this fall.  We can expect a naming scheme like 7 and 7 Plus.  These phones will be thinner than ever.  There is also a strong rumor that they will ELIMINATE THE HEADPHONE JACK.  In this line of speculation, Apple will include an adapter for existing headsets.   They will also provide new headphones that plug directly into the charging port.  Apple is trying to nudge us toward wireless headphones.   I can’t confirm that lack of headset jack for sure but I think there is better than a 50% chance of it coming true.