A Chinese-language report from Ming-Chi Kuo and linked on 9to5Mac said Apple could be releasing the second iPhone SE in early 2020. The report coincides with earlier reports, such as one in the Nikkei Asian Review, circulating last month.
The iPhone SE2 is said to be similar to that of the iPhone 8 in both design and hardware, with an A13 chip instead of an A11. If true, that would mean that the iPhone SE2 would have a smaller 4.7-inch screen compared to the standard iPhones of today, and it may pack in a 64/128GB memory and 2GB RAM.
The iPhone 11 has a 6.1-inch display. Many people who bought the iPhone SE did so because it packed the guts of an iPhone 6S into the smaller body of an iPhone 5-style design at a lower price.
Indeed, the iPhone SE2 is likely to be cheaper than the iPhone 11. The iPhone SE initially sold for $399, and if the SE2 goes on sale at the same price, it’d be $50 cheaper than the iPhone 8 as things stand. To keep costs down, the iPhone SE2’s cameras may not be as powerful as those found in the iPhone 11 lineup. It also may retain the Home button of the iPhone 8 instead of switching to an all-display format with Face ID.
“Though most of iPhone SE2′s hardware spec will be similar to iPhone 8′s, we think the excellent computing power offered by A13 and 3GB LPDDR4X, and the more affordable price will be great selling points,” Kuo said. “Therefore, we estimate iPhone SE2 shipments in 2020 will reach 30–40 [million] units.”
The iPhone SE2 is said to revive Apple’s slumping sales in the market. The first iPhone SE was released in 2016.Aside from the iPhone SE2, the report says a new iPad Pro is in the works for a first quarter release.
An Apple augmented reality (AR) headset may also launch in the second quarter of 2020, with AR headset accessories reportedly coming out in collaboration with third-party brands.