iPhone SE 2 is getting BIG upgrades… We fill you in, on The CultCast

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According a reliable analyst, iPhone SE 2's specs and price will be shockingly good.
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This week on The CultCast: iPhone SE 2 is almost here! And its specs and price are surprisingly good… Plus: finally! Long awaited camera upgrades are coming to iOS 13; Apple TV+ finally lays out the details of their launch shows; and AMC’s new movie streaming is going to take on Apple Movies with a genius feature Apple can’t possibly match.

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iPhone SE 2 will be Apple’s most affordable smartphone to date

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It will cost you under $400.
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Apple’s second-generation iPhone SE 2 will be its most affordable smartphone yet, according to one reliable analyst.

The upcoming device, which is expected to look like iPhone 8 and be powered by Apple’s new A13 Bionic chip, is expected to cost less than $400 when it goes on sale in early 2020.

We may be waiting until 2020 for new iPad Pro, 16-inch MacBook

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Cross a new iPad Pro off your Christmas list.
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You could be waiting longer than anticipated to get your hands on Apple’s next-generation iPad Pro. One trusted analyst says the refresh will arrive in early 2020 with the iPhone SE 2, while the 16-inch MacBook Pro will come even later.

This could mean that October Apple event we’ve all been waiting for won’t happen after all.

Top analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects big boost to iPhone sales in 2020

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Is it any wonder people are keen to upgrade?
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Critics dismissed the iPhone 11 as boring ahead of its release. But, according to renowned Apple analyst TF Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, the much-praised handsets could give Apple a nice sales boost to start 2020.

Kuo is expecting big things from the much-anticipated iPhone SE 2 as well.

Apple increases iPhone 11 production to meet strong demand

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Fans can't get enough of iPhone 11.
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Apple is reportedly ramping up iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro production to meet stronger-than-expected demand.

The 10% increase will result in around 8 million additional units entering the market this year. It will also push early iPhone 11 production numbers past those for iPhone XR and iPhone XS.

Larger iPhone SE 2 could arrive in early 2020 with A13 Bionic

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iPhone SE 2 will look very familiar.
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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.

2020’s iPhone SE upgrade won’t bring edge-to-edge display

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No, the new iPhone SE won't look like this.
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A reliable source today echos claims that Apple is developing an iPhone SE upgrade for early next year.

The new low-cost handset will feature Touch ID, just as expected — but it won’t be the new in-display Touch ID technology that Apple could bring to other handsets in 2020.

That means there’s no hope of an edge-to-edge display.

Pixel 3a is basically the iPhone SE 2 Apple won’t give us

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The Pixel 3a looks amazing.
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Google is bucking the trend of expensive flagship smartphones with its new Pixel 3a phone that debuted at Google I/O this morning.

The new Pixel 3a looks a lot like the Pixel 3 that debuted last year. It has some of the Pixel 3’s best features, like its fantastic camera, only its made with the budget-conscious consumer in mind.