The newly-minted iPhone SE has effectively discontinued the similarly-packed iPhone 8, while the iPhone 8 Plus gets the boot without replacement.
Apart from announcing to the world its new iPhone SE, Apple has also silently yet evidently discontinued two of its premium iterations from 2017 – the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
The new iPhone SE takes center stage
A visit to the Apple.com would now show that the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are no longer on its listing. The disappearance of the classic iPhones is very much due to the introduction of the new iPhone SE, which got unveiled days ago.
Consequently, the 2020 iPhone SE, which features a 4.7-inch display and a design that harkens back to iPhone 8’s, has taken the place of the latter on Apple’s iPhone roster. As it is, the phone is currently the most inexpensive variant among its sibling variants.
Alongside the new iPhone SE, Apple is also and still selling the iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
How about the iPhone 8 Plus?
Now while the iPhone 8 is replaced by the 2020 iPhone SE, the iPhone 8 Plus, which currently doesn’t have a replacement, is also discontinued, but with an air of mystery in it.
Accordingly, the iPhone 8 Plus will still be available through select retailers in different regions on the market.
In regards to its replacement, the recent iOS 14 code confirmed that Apple is mulling a “Plus” version of the new iPhone SE. At the time of this writing, however, not much is known about Apple’s plan on releasing it.
iPhone SE 2 Plus
The code’s confirmation also somehow corroborates the prediction that was revealed by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who shared that Apple is planning to launch a purported iPhone SE 2 Plus. The phone is tipped to feature a full-screen design but without the inclusion of the Face ID. The phone, which is also tipped to boast a smaller notch, will also be equipped with the Touch ID, set to be built into the phone’s power button.
The iPhone SE 2 Plus is also rumored to come in two display sizes – 5.5-inch or 6.1-inch.
With the new iPhone SE now making rounds in the mobile community, and Apple’s plans to release more affordable iPhone versions almost set in stone, it appears that the Cupertino, California-based company is very much eager to introduce a set of lower-end iPhones in the fold. And for its rivals in the same game, which mostly take advantage of such a segment, the upcoming competition is going to be nothing but exciting.
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