LG wants in on iPhone SE 2 display manufacturing

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iPhone SE 2 is expected to arrive in early 2020.
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Apple is rumored to be in talks with LG over a potential deal for iPhone SE 2 displays.

Sources say LG’s LCD panels are already undergoing “last-minute quality checks.” Apple is expected to start manufacturing the device late this year ahead of a release in early 2020.

The second-generation iPhone SE, which may or may not be called iPhone SE 2, will look a lot like iPhone 8, according to reliable TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

It will reportedly Apple’s latest A13 Bionic chip and a familiar 4.7-inch Retina display. Sadly, but rather unsurprisingly, it seems that won’t be an OLED screen.

LG hopes to join iPhone SE 2 supply chain

Korean news outlet The Elec, citing industry sources, says LG is in talks with Apple to supply iPhone SE 2 screens. It plans to modify its manufacturing equipment as soon as a deal is confirmed.

LG is already an Apple supplier. It has previously supplied LCD panels for other devices, and recently began manufacturing OLED screens for the company’s latest flagships.

iPhone SE 2 is also expected to feature Touch ID and 3GB of RAM, but no 3D Touch. Kuo says it will come in silver, space gray, and red, with either 64GB or 128GB of storage.

It is believed Apple will make the budget handset official during the first quarter of 2020. Analysts expect the device to boost iPhone sales in mid-2020 ahead of new flagships next fall.