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Ed in Nashville, Tennessee listens on Supertalk WTN 99.7 FM and asked: “Will the iPhone SE continue to be compatible and usable in the coming years? Not the 8 or the X, but the SE; the simple one.”
Ed, that’s hard to say. Apple is no longer selling the SE and whether or not it stays supported will likely hinge on how many users they can’t get to upgrade and how much money those users represent.
Realistically, the SE is a problem. The screen being so small is an issue for designing standard UI/UX, and Apple will have to spend money to keep it around and expect other developers to spend money to support it too.
What we know for sure is that’s supported in iOS 12, and discontinued from future sales. The end of life for the phone is not clear yet, but the 5S and SE are currently smallest supported phones, the 5S is the oldest too. Apple may decide not to update it to a new OS after the next release or the one after, and they may stop patching it altogether after that. Of course, that would be normal and expected given the age of the model by then, so you probably have a couple of years left of having security updates available for the phone. After that, it may be smart to move on just because your own risk increases when security updates stop.
For now, it’s a supported phone, and so far we haven’t heard anything about that support coming to an end soon.
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