Analyst Says iPhone SE Follow-Up to Drop in April, 5G Flagship Models in September and October

An analyst has released possible release information for the upcoming low-cost iPhone and the 5G flagship iPhone models.

In a research note with Chinese research firm GF Securities, obtained by MacRumors, analyst Jeff Pu says Apple will launch the follow-up to the iPhone SE in mid or late — April and 5G iPhones in September and October.

Pu pointed out in a research note obtained by Cult of Mac that the replacement for the iPhone SE was already supposed to be out. But he said in the April 9 note that the debut of this low-cost model will be “likely in mid-April.” His firm predicts this iOS handset will have a 4.7-inch screen, an Apple 13 processor and 3 GB of RAM. It could also feature up to 256GB of built-in storage and will probably retail starting at $399 USD.

Now, the iPhone 12. Pu believes that the current “Engineering Verification Test,” or EVT, stage for the iPhone 12 development may have been pushed back by up to two weeks for the 5.4-inch model and pair of 6.1-inch models, and the stage may have been pushed back into May for the 6.7-inch variant. All of this to say that we could see a staggered launch for Apple’s new iPhones by the time the fall arrives.

Pu expects that Apple will launch the pair of 6.1-inch iPhone models, along with the 5.4-inch variant, before the end of September. After that, Apple may launch the 6.7-inch iPhone in October. So we should still expect four new iPhones this year.

“We expect Apple to speed up the qualification process and sell three models in September, followed by the 6.7-inch model one or two months later,” said Pu.

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