Apple needs an iPhone SE 2 now more than ever

CNET | 2/12/2019 | Scott Stein
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For most people, the thought of paying $1,000 for any phone is preposterous. It's why I appreciate the iPhone XR so much. At the very least it's a concession to a possible direction for Apple where iPhones stay well under $1,000, but are still great phones. Here's the thing though, even before the XR, Apple already had a really good, more affordable phone: the iPhone SE. Many people loved it. It was small, had a fingerprint reader, a headphone jack. It was everything the larger iPhones weren't and aren't today.

Apple may or may not have a spring event this year. At that event, a new iPad or two, new AirPods, and who knows, maybe even the AirPower charging mat could appear. But more than any of those, it would be great to see the iPhone SE 2.

Here's why.

Keep the headphone jack on this one, please.

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Phones with headphone jacks still matter. Apple can try to evaporate all the headphone jacks in existence, but people still use traditional headphones. Having at least one phone with a regular headphone jack would be considerate.

Fingerprint sensors matter, too. Face ID is bold technology, and undoubtedly the future of where all biometrics end up across all products. But it still doesn't work all the time, and not everyone wants to use their face instead of their finger. Having a second option, for accessibility purposes alone, would be smart.

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If Apple's selling services, the razor needs to cost less so people can afford the blades. It sounds like Apple's package of subscription content could get sizable, and it's heading everywhere. iTunes to televisions. Amazon Music to the Echo. Reports of subscription news and maybe even apps, plus the company's expected TV service.

How will anyone afford that and an iPhone, too? Maybe Apple will hit a sweet spot in...
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