Apple has reportedly been working on a newer version of the iPhone SE with upgraded internals and minor design changes – and it might get launched at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
A new report from MacRumors explains that the Eurasian Economic Commission regulatory database has registered 11 filings for iterations of a mystery Apple device. Part of the filing translates as “smartphone running iOS 11”, which is being taken to be a strong suggestion that Apple is readying the iPhone SE 2 for launch.
The agency has a perfect record in providing model information, but is never a source of product specifics. The filings are made public either just a few days before release or weeks. The “Field Trip” sixth generation iPads were heralded by the regulatory agency about two weeks before the event.
Additionally, case makers who spoke with Japanese website Mac Otakara have also spoken about to the possibility of an upcoming update to the iPhone SE. According to the case makers, the second-generation model will retain the same physical size as the current iPhone SE, and Touch ID is expected to remain, suggesting the device will continue to have a four-inch display sandwiched between top and bottom bezels for the home button, camera, and earpiece.
The iPhone SE update is also not expected to feature a 3.5mm headphone jack. If this is indeed the case, this would mark the end of the 3.5mm jack in an iPhone as the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are to be discontinued in September.
The new iPhone SE is also expected to be powered by Apple’s A10 Fusion chip, which is up to 40 percent faster than the current iPhone SE’s A9 chipset. Additionally, the A10 Fusion will likely feature support for the HEIF image format and HEVC video compression standard.
According to the report, the new iPhone SE could feature a glass construction along with wireless charging features, although evidence is apparently inconclusive at the moment.
It isn’t clear as to where these case makers are getting their information, but Apple has historically kept the large majority of accessory manufacturers in the dark in regards to unreleased products.