According to renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is set to launch the next version of the iPhone SE 2 in the first quarter of 2020. In a familiar iPhone 8 case, the new phone will be more affordable than the rest of the Apple iPhone range and feature newer internals, such as an A13 processor with 3 GB RAM.
Kuo says most of the hardware specifications of the new iPhone SE is going to mirror the iPhone 8. The analyst expects that by 2020, Apple will sell 30-40 million units.
The Q1 timeline is consistent with an earlier Nikkei report, which said the spring was expecting a cheaper iPhone with 8-esque iPhone design. This would mean a 4.7-inch LCD screen and home button Touch ID would be featured
Kuo doesn’t predict the new phone’s exact price. Apple sold it for $349 in a 32 GB storage package before the 4-inch iPhone SE was discontinued.
Apple stores ‘ current iPhone product range includes the iPhone 11, iPhone XR and iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus series. The iPhone 8 4.7-inch with 64 GB is currently on sale for $449.
Presumably, Apple will stop selling the iPhone 8 altogether when the new SE releases. You can easily see how Apple could market an iPhone SE 2 32 GB at about the same cost as the old SE, in the range of $349-$399, given the current price of the 8.
Kuo states that iPhone 6 users would be the main target market for the new iPhone SE. A spec-bumped iPhone 8 appeals to people who are not concerned about the latest iPhone features such as Face ID or multi-camera modules, but want a quick and fast iPhone experience that can take advantage of the latestiOS apps.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, in general, can not be upgraded to iOS 13. Kuo states that for users who want to update to get the new iOS 13 functionality, there may be “urgent replacement demand.” Apple Arcade is one such example. When Apple could upgrade iPhone 6 owners to an A13 entry-level phone, Apple Arcade subscriptions could also be increased. The A13 chip would also allow experiences in augmented-reality that are not strong enough for older phones to operate.
The iPhone8-sized SE will not necessarily appeal to users of the iPhone SE who want the small 4-inch compact form factor. The iPhone 8, though, is still substantially smaller than any of the flagships that Apple has launched since. At the very least, this is an option for people who like small phones but still want to be able to take advantage of the latest changes to Apple’s processor.