New iPhone SE 2 rumor reveals one more detail about Apple's cheap smartphone

New iPhone SE 2 rumor reveals one more detail about Apple's cheap smartphone

Apple’s highly anticipated iPhone SE 2 finally seems to be happening and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo just won’t stop revealing details about it.

A new antenna design will improve data transmission


According to Kuo’s latest research note for TF International Securities, the iPhone SE 2 will be equipped with an updated liquid crystal polymer (LCP) antenna design that’ll noticeably improve wireless transmission when compared to the existing iPhone 8 upon which the new phone will be based.

Physically, the new iPhone SE 2 will reportedly be no different to Apple’s 2017 flagship. It’s going to retain the 4.7-inch LCD display found on the original and pair it with the same Touch ID home button and aluminum frame. But in an effort to cut costs and better align the model with this year’s iPhone 11, Apple’s 3D Touch system is being axed.

The rear glass panel found on the iPhone 8 is expected to be retained alongside wireless charging support and the single rear camera positioned in the top corner. The original iPhone SE replaced the iPhone 5S’s camera with an upgraded sensor so it’s certainly possible the second-generation model will include the iPhone 11’s primary camera. This, however, is simply speculation at this point and Apple may choose to retain the existing sensor to keep costs down. 

One area where Apple certainly won’t be cutting costs is the processor. The iPhone SE 2 is going to feature the iPhone 11’s A13 Bionic rather than the A11 Bionic used inside the iPhone 8. Reports suggest the chipset will be paired with 3GB of RAM instead of just 2GB, and the choice of 64GB or 128GB of non-expandable internal storage. As you’d expect, the iPhone SE 2 will launch with the latest version of iOS 13 pre-installed and should be compatible with Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and Apple Music. Buyers of the phone will also receive one year of Apple TV+ for free.

The iPhone SE should cost $399 and may launch in March


Ming-Chi Kuo believes the iPhone SE 2 is on track for a launch during the first quarter of 2020 while Bloomberg and others have pointed towards a debut in the spring. This likely means the smartphone will go official at Apple’s annual March event alongside a range of other products, but more on those later.

The iPhone SE 2, which may instead be called the iPhone 8S or iPhone 9, should retail at $399 in the US when it hits shelves and may be available to purchase in Space Gray, Silver, and Product Red. This positioning means it’ll undercut the $449 iPhone 8 by a significant margin despite introducing a range of upgrades. To ensure enough supply at the time of launch, Ming-Chi Kuo predicts Career Technologies and Murata Manufacturing will begin supplying Apple with the necessary antenna components towards the beginning of next year.

Accompanying the spiritual iPhone SE successor looks set to be an upgraded iPad Pro lineup. Rumors suggest it’ll sport an improved processor based upon the A13 Bionic and marketed as the A13X Bionic in addition to a minimum of 6GB of RAM. Improvements to the large displays are unlikely but the rear panels should receive important upgrades. Specifically, Apple’s expected to introduce an all-new triple-camera setup that looks a lot like the iPhone 11 Pro’s but is fundamentally different in terms of functionality. That’s because it’s reportedly going to include a 3D depth sensor for improved AR content.

Speaking of AR, a report published earlier today revealed Apple is currently targeting a 2020 release for its first-generation AR glasses which will feature holographic displays capable of displaying emails, notifications, Apple Maps, and even a range of compatible apps.

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15 Comments

1. Iodine

Posts: 1497; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Give it to me already ! #kill the leakers

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You do know this new iPhone SE 2 will look nothing like an iPhone SE at all. It will look just like an iPhone 6, 6s, 7, or 8. It even has the same 4.7" display, and it comes with TouchID as well. So why pretend its an iPhone SE?

14. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Yea Apple already make SE 2, according to article iPhone 8 is SE 2

2. ahmadkun

Posts: 649; Member since: May 02, 2016

That would be a great deal for a lot of people

3. LEEDAQ

Posts: 191; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

Phone specs these days are mostly overkill I cannot wait for this phone

4. inFla

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

Direct competition to mid range Pixels.

5. Whitedot

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Time and again I am surprised how minds of Apple user base is brainwashed to accept these monstrous bezzels as Ok. Even thouugh it's not a premium device Apple should do a better job to reduce those bezzels by at least 25-50%. I think Apple did tremendous jobs of seeding population with idea you have to compromise when buying an Apple product. Just take a look at how Android OEM's became creative - trimed down bezels, periscope cameras, wedge cameras, tear drop screens. Even at $250 mark you get almost 90% body to screen ratio.

7. Vokilam

Posts: 1343; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I guess bezels isnt everything... huh?

9. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Android devices need to create new design and features to be relevant. iPhone just need to work efficiently and reliability.

10. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Correct since iPhone doesn’t have competitors in their ecosystem: they can achieve success through consistency rather than novelty.

13. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's the advantage of having a flock.

6. koioz

Posts: 177; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

Please remove the primitive lightning port and go for usb c

8. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

This is gonna be the mod range killer of iPhone especially to those people who wants to move iOS for its quality, functionality and reliability products.

15. Alcyone

Posts: 533; Member since: May 10, 2018

I may jump on it when its out. When the novelty of it wears off it'll go to my 2cyr old. Her s7 needs to have its battery replaced. And when a line on T mo onluy costs $4 bucks, why not try it out?

12. Rahulkaw001

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 22, 2019

it will give tough competition to mid range smartphones

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