...because that was the only affordable phone with proper update support, thanks to Google killing Nexus. People said that Apple might drop the SE and keep the 6s to fill the niche, but now there's only the 7 which is priced much higher than the SE. The SE was also the only high quality small phone for people who like tiny phones. The SE was also the last iPhone with design language that really stood out to me (hate the rounded look from 6 onward), but that's just me. RIP little phone.