Apple’s second-generation iPhone SE will be available next March, priced at $399, according to one reliable analyst.
The entry-level device is expected to enter mass-production in January. It could add an additional 2 million to 4 million units to total iPhone sales in 2020.
iPhone SE hasn’t seen a real refresh since its initial introduction in March 2016. It has now been discontinued and is no longer available directly from Apple. But it’s not dead yet.
A new entry-level iPhone is on the way to take its place. And Apple hopes it can convince millions of iPhone 6 owners to finally upgrade to a newer model.
‘iPhone SE 2’ will adopt iPhone 8’s design
Reliable TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects the successor, referred to as “iPhone SE 2” for now, to adopt iPhone 8’s design. It is predicted to pack the same 4.7-inch display.
The device will retain a physical Home button with Touch ID, rather than upgrading to Face ID, to keep costs low. But it will be powered by the same A13 chip found in Apple’s latest iPhone lineup.
Kuo also expects the device to feature 3GB of RAM and an improved antenna design that uses Liquid Crystal Polymer for greater efficiency.
Coming next March
Kuo’s latest report says the new entry-level iPhone SE will be available in March 2020. It is expected to start at $399, which is very nearly half the price of the cheapest iPhone 11.
This price tag won’t just appeal to iPhone 6 owners, but also tens of millions of consumers in emerging markets like China and India, where the cost of Apple’s flagship devices is way too high.