iPhone SE 2 could cost $399, just like the first-gen iPhone SE

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iPhone SE 2 could cost $399 just like the first-gen iPhone SE
Are you excited at the prospect of a new iPhone SE 2?
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Apple is ramping up production of the new iPhone SE 2, which likely will retail for just $399, according to Fast Company. Shockingly, that’s the same price the original iPhone SE sold for in 2016.

The new low-cost iPhone has been rumored to be named either the iPhone SE 2 or, confusingly, the iPhone 9. Fast Company suggests the $399 iPhone will “rely on components Apple has been using for years, like the fingerprint reader built into the physical home button.”

The entry-level handset is unlikely to employ Face ID, which Apple introduced with the iPhone X in 2017. It likely will have a 4.9-inch display, and could reuse the design from the iPhone 8.

Fast Company notes that Apple wants to sell the new handset in developing markets:

“Analysts say Apple needs a lower-cost device to have a better chance of competing in the Indian market, which is huge but also accustomed to paying less than $200 for Android phones. The new phone, one source told me, might also bolster Apple’s phone offering in China. That market is also huge, but very competitive, and Apple has had trouble winning and keeping market share.”

iPhone SE 2: Coming soon?

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that Apple would start production on the iPhone SE 2 in February. Apple could unveil the iPhone SE 2 “as early as March,” a previous report noted. Apple contract manufacturers Foxconn, Pegatron and Wistron reportedly will split production duties.

Are you excited at the prospect of a new $399 iPhone SE 2? What do you think Apple should call it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Fast Company