Apple’s iPhone SE, the new four-inch model which was announced last month, might not offer a next-generation feature set. But that doesn’t mean customers aren’t rushing to pick up the small-size handset. In fact, consumer interest in the iPhone SE seems to be more than Apple can handle: countless models have sold-out online, with some customers having to wait until April 27 before their new smartphone arrives.
It's selling well
AppleInsider explains that in most Apple Stores, no iPhone SE models are available to purchase; online, it’s a similar picture, too, with certain iPhone SE handsets arriving for delivery April 12, but many models not shipping until April 20. You might have thought that there’d be plenty of iPhone SE handsets available, since the device doesn’t offer next-generation functionality (in the form of either a new design and/or feature set) yet also uses a four-inch hardware design, which is arguably outdated. The real situation couldn’t be more different.
Indeed, models are selling out left, right, and center. And as such, you’ll need to be prepared to wait in order to get the iPhone SE model you most desire. The 64GB handset, for instance, could arrive as late as April 27, depending on which carrier you choose.
For some, four-inches is the perfect size
This just goes to show that, despite what certain customers might think, for some, four-inches is the perfect size (for an iPhone). After all, surveys published before the iPhone SE was released claimed as much: in the United States, for instance, around a fifth of consumers questioned said they’d prefer a four-inch iPhone, rather than a 4.7- or 5.5-inch device. And now, those customers have exactly what they’ve been waiting for.
For the iPad Pro, it's a different story
Yet as AppleInsider adds, for the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, it’s a different story. These models are available to ship as quickly as Thursday, and certainly haven’t sold out in the way Apple’s iPhone SE has.
This shouldn’t surprise you, though. Just think: the iPad Pro’s target customer base likely purchased a 12.9-inch tablet back when the original iPad Pro launched. I know I did. And in all honesty, I don’t think I’d like to switch down to the smaller screen size: I’m used to 12.9-inches, and I’d like to stick with them.
Did you purchase an iPhone SE or 9.7-inch iPad Pro?