KGI Securities: Apple Unlikely to Refresh iPhone SE in Early 2017

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that Apple is unlikely to refresh the iPhone SE in early 2017, meaning that we may not see an annual refresh cycle for the device.

Kuo says Apple will prolong iPhone SE’s lifecycle beyond the usual one-year refresh in a bid to boost its gross margins and minimize the impact on sales it takes away from their high-end flagships like the iPhone 7.

Specifically, Kuo says a new iPhone SE model is unlikely to launch in the second fiscal quarter of 2017, which for Apple ends in March. The 4-inch iPhone SE first debuted this year on March 31, leaving some to speculate that a next-generation version with updated internals would see release at roughly the same time in 2017.

Kuo does not mention plans beyond the second quarter, meaning a refresh might occur later in the year.

[via MacRumors]

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  • Shameer Mulji

    The SE is a great iPhone. Would suck if Apple killed so soon. Just like the current SE is based on the iPhone 6,

    I think Apple has it in them and do one more update and have it based on the iPhone 7: A10 Fusion SoC, 12MP camera w / OIS, 2nd generation Touch ID, Force Touch haptic home button, no headphone jack.

  • xxxJDxxx

    If they brought out a phone with modern internals, a headphone jack and in that smaller 5S size I would be all over it.

  • MrXax

    I don’t want to buy into an insanely over-priced contract and I can’t afford to buy an iPhone 7 outright. I’m also a big fan of my iPhone 5 after all this time, but these days, it’s very damned slow and the battery is shit.

    6S internals in a gorgeous 5/5S package… yeah, I’m thinking about picking up an iPhone SE.

  • Shameer Mulji

    I say go for it. It’s a great iPhone. Fast & fluid

  • Richard Neufeld

    Based off of the iPhone 6s which has the a9 chip.