Welcome to our weekend Apple Breakfast column, which incorporates all the Apple information you missed this week in a useful bite-sized roundup. We name it Apple Breakfast as a result of we expect it goes nice with a morning cup of espresso or tea, nevertheless it’s cool if you wish to give it a learn throughout lunch or dinner hours too.
In protection of the iPhone SE
In no different job is it a great signal when individuals begin telling you off. However that’s on-line journalism for you, a area through which aggressive emails are an indication that considered one of your articles has taken off. (Such emails don’t even essentially imply your opinion was controversial since individuals very not often write in to strenuously agree. It simply means lots of people learn it.)
This week I used our Completely different Suppose column to precise an opinion that I believed could be comparatively uncontroversial: that Apple ought to let the iPhone SE die. I reasoned that the SE made sense when the all-screen iPhone design was pretty new and older designs supplied an appropriate compromise, however that the window had lengthy since closed, and the machine now not represents good worth.
It seems–and that is all the time a shock to me–not everybody agrees. A collection of (truly very well mannered and articulate) emails from followers of the SE highlighted its measurement, value, and lack of Face ID as factors in its favor, and expressed dismay on the thought of its being discontinued. One other reader, in the meantime, detected an ulterior motive that Apple might need for conserving the SE round: as an entry-level drug to hook tech newbies and former Android customers earlier than they purchase into the Apple ecosystem as an entire.
If solely Apple may depend upon 100 million extra prospects this loyal to the iPhone SE! However sadly, I believe my correspondents are within the minority… and the numbers of SE supporters could dwindle additional when the fourth-gen SE is unveiled subsequent 12 months. It’s anticipated to be based mostly on the iPhone 14 chassis, and meaning a minimum of two and possibly all three of these benefits will disappear: it gained’t be as small or wherever close to as low cost because the iPhone SE from 2022, and is more likely to have Face ID too. (Though Apple may put Contact ID within the energy button, because it does on the entry-level iPad.) Even the SE’s most loyal followers could discover it’s now not the cellphone they’re in search of.
Nonetheless, it’s a great signal for Apple that even its least glamorous handset can nonetheless encourage this a lot ardour; I’d be shocked if many readers would write in to defend a funds Samsung cellphone based mostly on a four-year-old design.
Thanks for the emails, everybody. Apart from that one man. He was simply impolite.
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Podcast of the week
It could be chilly within the U.S. and the U.Ok., however that’s not stopping the iPhone rumors from heating up! We now have a flurry of iPhone hypothesis and we speak about all of it on this episode of the Macworld Podcast.
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