Apple recently launched the latest version of the iPhone SE, now with 5G, and the smartphone has split, to say the least. On the one hand, it’s an affordable iPhone with the latest A15 Bionic chipset, so you know you’ll get impressive performance. On the other hand, it launched with a design that Apple has been using since 2014 with the iPhone 6 – the bezels and all.
Some may scoff at Apple repackaging an almost 10-year-old smartphone design into its latest affordable iPhone, but I don’t. In fact, I’m rather tempted to buy the iPhone SE, but only because Apple refuses to give me what I want: a new and improved iPod Touch.
I’m still a fan of the iPod Touch
This isn’t the first time I’ve written about wanting a new iPod Touch. Last year there were a few rumors that Apple might release a revamped version, but 2021 came and went without a new iPod Touch. I was pretty disappointed, and I continue to be disappointed with every Apple event when they don’t announce a new iPod Touch. That’s literally all I want.
The current iPod Touch model uses a very old chip from 2016 and an even older design based on the iPhone 5. It has a four-inch screen that these days seems incredibly small. Heck, I don’t even know if the apps are still compatible with this size, let alone if half the apps can even run on the aging chipset found in the current iPod Touch. I’m sure they probably can with some limitations, but I’m not ready to buy this iPod to try it out.
The reasons I’m still a fan of the iPod Touch remain the same. In a world where there don’t seem to be any decent, affordable music players, especially on Android, the iPod Touch is a great alternative and secondary device where I can store my music and some apps, offloading some of that using my smartphone. and save battery. Back when I was in college, I often used both a smartphone and an iPod Touch. I also liked it because, as a Windows phone (and possibly Android) enthusiast, it allowed me to use iOS without committing to buying a more expensive iPhone.
Moreover, a new iPod Touch could still make money for Apple by giving access to its various services like Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, etc.
However, Apple hasn’t updated the iPod Touch since 2019, and even that only came with a “newer” chipset, which was already a few years old. And after not receiving an update last year, frankly, I’m a little worried that Apple will never give us the newly redesigned iPod Touch of my dreams. Something with a bigger screen, an updated chipset, maybe even a headphone jack. Enter: the iPhone SE.
The iPhone SE could be a viable replacement for the iPod Touch
The new iPhone SE might not be the prettiest smartphone, even by Apple standards, but that’s not what affordable phones are known for. It’s there to reach people who otherwise couldn’t buy a more expensive flagship smartphone, and in those cases looks aren’t a priority. Apple treats a familiar design for all it’s worth, and frankly, I’m fine with it if it gives us a cheaper iPhone. In fact, it’s almost cheap enough to be considered my iPod Touch replacement.
This may sound silly because at the end of the day I always buy an iPhone, but if I bought an iPhone SE, it would be without the intention of putting a SIM card in it. I’ll keep it on Wi-Fi, download the apps and songs I need, and spend my day with my smartphone and my “new iPod Touch”. However, this method could also work for another demographic – a much younger demographic.
One of the arguments I’ve made for why the iPod Touch is still an important device is that parents can give it to kids as a kind of smartphone on wheels. It would come with lots of bells and whistles but without commitment and at a much lower price (compared to a typical iPhone). With iPhone SE, you can still achieve that. $450 isn’t terrible, again compared to a standard iPhone, and when you think your kid is ready for a smartphone, you can just pop in a SIM card, and they’ll be connected to a modern 5G network, the all without having to buy a new device. I’m not a parent, but this seems like a good deal to me.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gruman argued that Apple should even consider selling the older iPhone SE model at a lower price of $199. That way it would give Apple a reason to drop the iPod Touch from its product line (much to my dismay) while still being able to make money on services you can still access from the device , thereby compensating for any missed profit. cheaper material margins. It would also push the iPhone to a new low, allowing it to better compete with some of the best budget Android phones in various regions where iPhone sales may not be particularly strong.
It’s time to forget the iPod Touch
It seems increasingly unlikely that I will ever get the redesigned iPod Touch of my dreams. Who knows though, Apple might surprise us and randomly release a new iPod Touch at some point. Until then, the new iPhone SE is looking more and more like a viable alternative to my iPod Touch’s woes, while also being the most affordable way to join the iPhone camp for anyone who doesn’t want to shell out the dough for a new iPhone 13.