Report: Apple plans on releasing a new iPhone SE 2 model for 2018

A refreshed version of the Apple iPhone SE could launch in the first half of 2018

A refreshed version of the Apple iPhone SE could launch in the first half of 2018

Apple plans on updating its 4-inch retro model handset in the first half of next year. The Apple iPhone SE 2 will reportedly be built by one of Apple's trusted contract manufacturers, Wriston. Earlier this year, the current version of the iPhone SE started to go into production in Wriston's Indian plant. Despite heavy demand for smartphones in the country, which makes India the second largest market for intelligent handsets globally, low per capita income limits many iPhone buyers in the region to purchase older models, or the cheaper iPhone SE unit.

After cutting its teeth on the production of the Apple iPhone 5c, Wriston's Indian facilities not only churned out the iPhone SE earlier this year, but produced some Apple iPhone 8 models as well; Apple is looking to expand the distribution of Wriston's output to more locations around the world.

The current iPhone SE model, which resembles the Apple iPhone 5s, is powered by the A9 chipset used in the Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus. It carries 2GB of RAM, a 12MP rear-facing camera, a 3.5mm headphone jack and is equipped with Touch ID. The storage options on the current iPhone SE were doubled in March to 64GB and 128GB, with the unit's starting price recently trimmed to $349.

As for the Apple iPhone SE 2, one report out of India claims that the handset will keep the 4-inch display and will be powered by Apple's A10 fusion chipset. 2GB of RAM will be inside along with 32GB or 128GB of internal storage. A 12MP rear-facing camera is said to adorn the back of the model, with a 5MP FaceTime camera in front, and a slightly larger 1700mAh battery keeping the lights on.

source: CENS (translated) via MacRumors

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24 Comments

1. whatev

Posts: 2116; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

It’d be nice if they make it like a mini iPhone X, it’d sell like hot cakes

6. IT-Engineer

Posts: 508; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

It will look like the iPhone 6

8. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 908; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

No thanks don't want another notch.

12. Phullofphil

Posts: 1740; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

No one says you have to buy one. It’s for certain people that still want to stick with were Apple was back then and have a cheaper phone. Don’t be a notchtard. All you android fans that hate the notch but don’t own an iPhone are just that android fans. What about Samsung putting the fingerprint scanner next to the back camera. That’s pretty stupid as well but I don’t say that every time a Samsung phone comes up. Again I do have an iPhone X and I absolutely think it is the best phone out there right now.

15. Xilam unregistered

Actually curved edges was the worse thing on Samsung flagships. At least if you hate the notch - There’s a purpose for it. Curved edges do not Add Anything practically, And worse make screen is more prone to shatter when dropped But I hate both Apple and Samsung for not releasing any phones with aluminum body on the back for the sake of inductive charging. I would trade inductive charging to get aluminum back again!

16. whatev

Posts: 2116; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I agree with you, wireless charging is overrated and is not a practical feature, I used a Windows phone with that feature and I realized it’s worse than a wire connected to the phone, at least with the wire I can move my phone and use it while charging but with the phone over a pad, can you do that without looking stupid and feeling uncomfortable? Not

19. cncrim

Posts: 1558; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

With headphone and Touch ID go with it...

2. baldilocks

Posts: 1428; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

It would a notch below the rest....

3. Xilam unregistered

If they make one but keep the body of an iPhone 5, it would be the best phone of the decade. Perfect size, cheaper, Superfast, but the most beautiful design of any device to date (iPhone 5/5s/Se)

4. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1175; Member since: May 01, 2017

I can see them going with the slimmer body design of the current iPhones minus the X. Maybe something similar to the iPod Touch but with the fixed Touch ID of the 7 and headphone jack.

9. Xilam unregistered

That’s just it: I love iPhone 5 design - it just needs a better screen to body ratio.

10. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I totally agree, I guess we can't count on 3.5mm jack, but if SE2 turns out to be true I am willing to give up on the headphone jack. If it's not then I'll be rocking my SE for at least another 2-3 years, I absolutely love this little phone

5. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1175; Member since: May 01, 2017

I would like to see a new design for the 9 next year also. Maybe a edge to edge non curved display. Move the FPS into the power button like Sony phones to have room for front speakers. They could make use of the Apple logo itself and make that the FPS which I’m kind of surprised they haven’t done already.

7. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Probably with the same design.lol

11. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Good, it just needs bigger screen, but the chassis is perfect

13. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

just bump the display a bit to 4.3" but keep that design then I would definitely buy one. I don't really care for the current iterations of iphone cases.

14. Xilam unregistered

100% agree

17. KingSam

Posts: 1346; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

If they can't fit anything in the status bar with a 5.8" iNotch then a 4" iNotch will be useless.

18. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Cool, you've enough internet for today. Go do your homework

20. Xilam unregistered

Who the hell cares what you think - are interested in buying an iPhone? By your comment I bet you you’re not. What was the point of your post other than to troll?

21. Mr.mobile

Posts: 130; Member since: Mar 09, 2017

No no apple wont go back now all the iphones from here will same desgin launguge like iphone x only thing will be the changes is the screen sizes like -5.2"inch iphone -5.8" inch iphone -6.5" inch iphone

23. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

Not sure on the design of the SE2, I suspect it'll be the same design as the SE with new innards. I also suspect that the old iphone 6 format will be recycled again next year with an 8S and 8S plus for those people that don't like change. iPhone X will obviously get an update, probably with the notch still

22. HillaryClinton2020

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 08, 2017

they will release all glass back, for wireless charging

24. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

Yay, go back to the iPhone 4 design!

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