Fans of the iPhone SE have been anxiously awaiting an update to Apple's 4-inch smartphone for years. Numerous reports had speculated that a more powerful version of the hardware was on the horizon as early as 2018. The iPhone SE was finally discontinued by Apple at the beginning of 2019, well after the company first launched the device in early 2016. A flurry of reports this fall indicate that Apple is getting closer to bringing yet another modestly-sized, less expensive option to the smartphone market.
iPhone SE 2
Not the first question Apple fans would have asked just a short week ago. Pairing the iPhone SE 2 with an iPhone X-styled notch seems unlikely, as the SE has typically been priced as Apple's entry-level 4-inch device. This hasn't stopped case designer Olixar from betting this year's iPhone SE update will be a radical departure from its current design.
Fans of Apple's smallest iPhone have been looking forward to a refresh this year. First appearing on the scene in March 2016, the two-year old design was known for packing updated internals into a familiar 4-inch form factor. Reports point to an updated iPhone SE 2 coming from Apple ahead of this year's WWDC in early June. But what will a redesigned iPhone SE look like?
According to news from the supply chain, reports of the iPhone SE's demise are greatly exaggerated. In fact, Taiwanese market research firm TrendForce predicts an updated iPhone SE will indeed launch this year to target the mid-range smartphone market. A spring 2018 refresh of the iPhone SE was previously rumored in November.
Apple is set to release an upgrade to its 4-inch iPhone SE during the first half of 2018. While this has been rumored previously, new information from China's Economic Daily News corroborates earlier reports. The iPhone SE 2 will be produced at Taiwanese company Wistron's facility in India, where the current model is already assembled.