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Innovative antenna might make next year’s cheap iPhone faster

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iPhone SE 2 could cost $399 just like the first-gen iPhone SE
The inexpensive iPhone on Apple’s docket will supposedly look like an iPhone 8 on the outside.
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The sub-$400 iPhone supposedly coming the first quarter of next year will have improved wireless performance thanks to a liquid crystal polymer antenna, according to the well-respected analyst who’s the source of many details about this unannounced handset.

It’s often called the “iPhone SE 2” but allegedly won‘t have much in common with that earlier model aside from an affordable price tag.

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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Apple Smart Keyboard Folio turns the 2018 iPad Pro into a notebook.
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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iPhone 11 continues to shine while iPhone 11 Pro Max sales flatten out
Don't believe the scaremongers.
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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.