Next-generation iPhone SE now expected to arrive in Q1 2018, India will get it first

iPhone SE had an unexpected success among Apple fans mainly due to the lower price compared to other iPhones, but also for retaining the traditional smaller display. Unsurprisingly, an updated iPhone SE is expected to be launched by Apple in the coming months.

Unfortunately, fans of the iconic device waiting to be able to buy the phone this year might be disappointed to hear the next-generation iPhone SE won't be coming anytime soon. Although a report last month claimed Apple could introduce a new iPhone SE model as early as August, new information surfaced recently suggests the phone is not yet ready for prime time.

Wistron, the Taiwanese company that was signed up by Apple to assemble the new iPhone SE, plans to expand its assembling facility in India. A new production line for the iPhone SE will be added to Wiston's plant located in Bangalore.

The Taiwanese giant is already in talks with the local government for more land for its production expansion, which will allow Wistron to double or even triple production capacity over the next five years or so.

Sources in the industry claim Wistron will start to ship the new iPhone SE in the first quarter of next year. Also, the smartphone will be launched on the Indian market first before being released to customers in other countries.

Moreover, it appears that the next-generation iPhone SE will benefit from a 10% exemption in basic customs duty, which means it will be cheaper in India.

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iPhone SE
  • Display 4.0 inches
    1136 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A9 APL0898, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1624 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x



29. beeitu

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 18, 2016

Eagerly waiting for this new iPhone SE.

28. Xilam unregistered

iPhone SE in iPhone 5 body and full screen display would be my dream phone.

26. mahima

Posts: 746; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

hope they launch with 64gb minimun

25. Joosty

Posts: 497; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

I would dig a mini iPhone 6 body with iPhone 7 internals . Stereo speakers. Water resistance. Hit.

20. datagrab

Posts: 50; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Like our 3rd world country can afford any of those. The reason why Apple only releases a limited number of their products here is cause we're all busy with vivo oppo xiaomi etc most of which are mid range phones.

11. domfonusr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I suppose this is good news for India and Apple. I am a little scared to see what they will charge for a new iPhone SE, but hopefully they keep it down to the $400 mark or below. Perhaps there will be a big sale on the existing iPhone SE right before the next one comes out - that would be interesting, and perhaps would put the SE in range for me, pricewise. Cricket is currently selling the 64GB version for $229.99, but if they could bring that down even lower, say down to $169.99 like they had for the 16GB version before it disappeared, I would snap that up in a heartbeat. My first preference, though, is the Moto E4, if it ever comes to Cricket. If not, and if the SE becomes more affordable, then I would go iPhone.

10. GreenMan

Posts: 2704; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Why not just an iPad 2017 instead? Way bigger display and battery while a cheaper price tag! I sometimes see people lugging around a full sized tablet as a daily driver! Of course, with the help of wireless headset and a smart watch. But it's quite 'Do-Able', I'd say! The iPhone SE worth no more than 100 bucks, quite frankly. Oh well, iDay!

7. Joosty

Posts: 497; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

The SE is currently the best iPhone pound for pound. That feel in know the drill - Flossy Carter

9. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Battery life is the main plus it's better than 6 or 7+.

14. BuffaloSouce unregistered

You get a up vote for the Flossy Carter quote

19. Furbal unregistered

Got mine 64gb for $229, killer deal. Actually using it now.

6. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Will have the A10 this time around?

24. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Probably, a10 on something like that would make it fly.....literally.

5. libra89

Posts: 2354; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I have to see this to believe it...

3. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 628; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

The herd.

1. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 628; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

oh really... who actually bought the first SE?

2. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

About19 million people... give or take a few million.

22. sgodsell

Posts: 7674; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Sure at first and starting at the end of last year, there is so many BOGO deals for the iPhone SE. Buy a iPhone SE, or iPhone 6s, or iPhone 7, and get a free iPhone SE. Even some banks have some promotional deals. Sign up for a new bank account and get a free iPhone SE. I have never seen so many free iPhone SE promotions in my life. So it's certainly easy to see how those numbers rose.

23. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Same with the s8, what's you fanboy-ish point?

4. libra89

Posts: 2354; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I did and I know many other happy SE owners.

27. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I bought 2 of them and I absolutely love it

8. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

People that don't stare at their screens all day, do a lot of calls, or listen to podcasts on the bus. Also some people wear nice clothes without baggy pockets, and don't use a man purse. Small phones vanish in dress pant pockets. And still like performance better than the flagships it released next to as well as 2 day battery life.

18. Stranger

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

The battery life on the se is really good. I was amazed by its battery life.

12. izim1

Posts: 1622; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I did. Fits perfectly in my shirt pocket. Makes calls, texts, and plays all my google play music. Perfect for my needs.

13. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Quit acting like nobody bought the SE when alot of people did, especially those using previous paid services

17. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 628; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

"previous paid services" the helicopter you on? the SE wasnt the only phone released so there were no real reasons to buy it for "services"

21. BuffaloSouce unregistered

I meant pre paid... We all no the SE wasn't the only phone released genius but it did come at a cheaper cost compared to the 7/7+. There's alot of people using it in prepaid because it can be found for less than $200 brand new in the box

15. cmdacos

Posts: 4421; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Mostly parents and grandparents

16. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Bought it and love it..... but prefer 6s.

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