iPhone SE may be in the works, coming early 2018

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New 4-inch iPhone SE will be targeted at the Indian market.
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The iPhone SE hasn’t been updated in the 18 months since its release, but according to a new report, Apple manufacturer Wistron is gearing up to produce the next-gen iPhone SE at its factory in India.

The new 4-inch iPhone SE will reportedly be made available in the first quarter of 2018, roughly two years after the first model shipped. It will keep the look of its predecessor, but come with A10 processor, iOS 11, and will boast 32GB and 128GB storage options, with a 1700mAh battery.

It is suggested that the new phone is part of Apple’s strategy to double its market share in India over the next five years. As we’ve written before, India is one of the big future hopes for Apple as a market — particularly with Apple running into various problems in China.

The iPhone SE 2 (or whatever it will be called) will ship to the Indian market first, before expanding to other markets. It may be cheaper than the first-gen model due to a 10 percent exemption in basic customs duty, “making the product more competitive in the Indian market.”

iPhone SE v2: Conflicting reports

The isn’t the first report we’ve heard about a follow-up iPhone SE, although it provides a different timeline. A previous report in late July claimed that a new iPhone SE was on the way — although with the (increasingly unlikely) suggestion that an event would be held sometime in August for the launch.

This, in turn, came just after respected Chinese analyst Pan Jiutang told investors that Apple has no plans to refresh the iPhone SE. He said the company simply sees no need for a refresh with more and more people switching to larger devices.

Would you like to see a new iPhone SE, or do you think this will be a “one and done” iPhone similar to the colorful plastic iPhone 5c from a few years back? Leave your comments below.

Source: Tekz24

Via: Focus Taiwan

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  • heretiq

    I hope there is a refreshed iPhone SE – I would purchase it in a heartbeat if it contained an A10 processor and matched the feature set of the iPhone 6s. If not, my 6s will be the last iPhone I purchase — not because I don’t like the expected new features of the iPhone 8; but simply because the phones are getting too damn big! I want a phone that I can easily use with one hand without inducing finger strain. If I need a bigger screen I will use my iPad Pro or MacBook Pro — so I don’t need an oversized one size fits all phone.

    One more thing: please keep the physical home button on the SE!

  • Galaxy_Surfer_007

    An iPhone SE 2 would be great! Key, though, is ensuring that it retains the same incredible battery life– best of the iPhones.

    I like the SE because of its lower cost, too; size is not critical.

    Still don’t understand how anyone uses any phone one-handed, however! That’s a recipe for dropping it!