The “iPhone SE 2” might be launching in March, says an Apple analyst.
A new report from MacRumors says famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF Securities is predicting that the rumoured “iPhone SE 2” will begin mass production in January and launch at the end of March next year.
Previously, it was reported that the iPhone SE 2 launch would happen somewhere during Q1 2020, but we’re glad that the estimate has been narrowed down immensely and hopefully, Apple will launch it during the expected timeline.
According to Kuo, the iPhone SE 2 will be based on the iPhone 8 but feature updated internals. It will include an A13 Bionic chip, a 4.7-inch display, Touch ID, 64/128GB storage, and 3GB RAM. While there’s currently no information on the camera, the iPhone SE 2 will likely ship with a 12MP f/1.8 shooter with OIS, as seen on newer iPhones. Apple is unlikely to adopt a dual-camera system on the phone due to size and price constraints.
Rumours peg the iPhone SE 2 to start from $399 USD, making it the cheapest offering from Apple by a fair margin.
Currently, the cheapest new iPhone you can get from Apple is the iPhone 8 itself, which starts at $329 USD, but that phone has a two-generations old A11 chip. It’s quite possible that Apple will retire this model after launching the iPhone SE 2.
Kuo also outlined a rough idea of how successful the iPhone SE 2 might prove, expecting monthly shipments to reach anywhere between 2 and 4 million units initially. Those numbers are unlikely to threaten the popularity of the iPhone 11 lineup, instead helping Apple appeal to a broader audience looking to upgrade from older models like the iPhone 6, 6s, or 7 to something that won’t break the bank.