A sketchy rumor out of China claims Apple will unveil a new iPhone SE at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference.
The device is expected to pack a larger display and more powerful components, but no Face ID.
A growing number of rumors are claiming Apple will deliver a refreshed iPhone SE sometime before the second half of 2018. What that handset will look like changes with each report. The latest claims the upgrades will be subtle.
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Chinese website QQ expects the new iPhone SE to pack an A10 processor that’s better equipped for iOS 12 coming this fall, plus 2GB of RAM. They also claim the device will come in 32GB and 128GB storage options, and that it will be revealed at WWDC.
Despite a slightly larger 4.2-inch display, the new iPhone SE is expected to retain Touch ID and a physical Home button, as opposed to adopting Face ID. There is no mention of other features like wireless charging.
The whole rumor seems questionable, so we recommend you take it with a pinch of salt. Reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently reported that there are no signs of an upcoming iPhone SE refresh in Apple’s supply chain.
Don’t get your hopes up
And if a new iPhone SE was coming, it seems highly unlikely Apple would give it a 4.2-inch display. That’s just 0.2 inches larger than the current iPhone SE display. An increase of that size isn’t significant enough to warrant a complete redesign of the handset’s hardware.
iPhone SE fans shouldn’t get their hopes up just yet, then.
It seems there are good reasons why Apple should continue to offer a smaller, more affordable iPhone — and the rumors continue to circulate. But until we see something more believable, it’s hard to be confident in its future.