Apple could debut iPhone SE successor as soon as March

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Apple could debut iPhone SE successor as soon as March
Are you excited about Apple's follow-up to the iPhone SE?
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Apple’s forthcoming low-cost iPhone, often referred to as the iPhone SE 2 or (confusingly) the iPhone 9, is set to enter mass production in February, Bloomberg claims. The news outlet claims that Apple could unveil the iPhone SE 2 “as early as March.”

Production on the new handset is reportedly being split between regular Apple contract manufacturers Foxconn, Pegatron, and Wistron.

Other than the possible launch date, Bloomberg largely reiterates previous rumors about the next-gen (kinda) handset. That includes that it could have Touch ID, the A13 processor of the iPhone 11, and an iPhone 8-style design. This would mean a 4.7-inch screen and single-lens camera. Another recent report suggested it may also have a glass back, hinting at wireless charging.

If Apple does choose to show off the new budget-conscious iPhone SE 2 in March, it won’t be the first time it’s debuted an iPhone at this time. The original iPhone SE debuted March 31, 2016. In March 2017 and April 2018, it also unveiled Special Edition (PRODUCT)RED versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 respectively.

Apple has yet to officially announce an Apple event for March. However, it seems a smart move to bet on an event sometime this spring. For the past decade, Apple’s biggest events have been WWDC in June and the iPhone unveiling in September. But it’s also held spring events in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019. These have varied between January and April. In recent years, though, they’ve centered on March.

At last year’s event, Apple focused on services such as Apple Arcade and Apple TV+.

Are you excited at the prospect of a successor to the iPhone SE 2? What should Apple call it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Bloomberg (paywall)