Apple’s second-generation iPhone SE 2 will arrive during the first quarter of 2020, according to one reliable analyst.
Ming-Chi Kuo of TF Securities reaffirms the device will be larger this time around — adopting the iPhone 8’s design. He also claims it will be powered by Apple’s blazing-fast A13 Bionic chip.
The iPhone SE hasn’t seen a notable refresh since its introduction in early 2016, and is no longer sold by Apple. But it remains a popular handset among smartphone users who want a compact phone.
Recent reports have indicated the iPhone SE will soon make a comeback with more modern features and specifications. Kuo’s latest report says we can expect to see it in early 2020.
iPhone SE 2 to bring A13 chip in early 2020
The new handset, which will be physically identical to iPhone 8 with a 4.7-inch Retina HD display, will arrive during the first quarter of 2020, Kuo says. It is expected to sell 30-40 million units next year.
iPhone SE 2 is expected to retain its physical Home button with Touch ID, but it will be more powerful than the handset it replaces. Kuo says we’ll get a brand-new A13 chip and 3GB of RAM.
Apple is expected to sell the second-generation handset for between $349 and $399. That would make it considerably cheaper than the new iPhone 11 lineup, which starts at $699.
Apple targets iPhone 6 owners
iPhone SE 2 is designed to target the millions of iPhone 6 owners who are yet to upgrade, Kuo says. It would appeal to those who are happy with its familiar design and don’t need the latest and greatest.
iPhone 6 isn’t supported by iOS 13, so Apple will be keen for users to upgrade to get access to new services, such as Apple Arcade.
It will also be popular in emerging markets like India and China, where Apple’s newer handsets are too expensive for most.