Long desired, the new iPhone SE 2 (or iPhone 11 Mini, or iPhone 9) could finally be launched in the spring of 2020. According to several analysts who are often well informed, Apple is seriously considering launching a new, more affordable version of the iPhone.
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Launched in April 2016, the iPhone SE disappeared from Apple's catalog in 2018. However, this device was a phenomenal success over the course of its career. The reason was simple: the smartphone offered solid performance at a much more affordable price than the other iPhones. In 2020, the Cupertino-based company could use the same recipe for its new iPhone SE 2. The analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is generally well informed, says that Apple expects to sell between 30 and 40 million of this new smartphone during the year.
While its iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro Max models are enjoying real success, Apple continues to look long-term by offering a low-cost version whose design will be similar to the iPhone 8. According to information reported by Bloomberg, the marketing of this smartphone seems to be accelerating. From now on, the iPhone SE 2 will be in the production phase in February. We could, therefore, expect an upcoming release for the month of March.
The iPhone SE 2 will be Apple's first low-cost iPhone in 2020, as the brand plans to release more phones in the fall. This strategy aims to play on all fronts in order to offer a more varied range of models and prices. It is a question of preparing the minds before the next arrival of more high-end products with 5G and 3D cameras.
First of all, we're hearing rumors that Apple is going to go for the name iPhone 9 over iPhone SE 2 for its next affordable iPhone model. This makes sense for two reasons to me. Firstly, the designs we've seen doing the rounds look similar to that of the iPhone 8, which would make this a natural successor. Secondly, iPhone SE 2 is just a horrible name that could leave consumers wondering where this sits in the catalog of Apple smartphones. Sticking to easy-to-understand number variants makes sense.
Next, thanks to new video renders created by iGeeksBlog, we can have a better look at what the phone will actually be like. We're still expecting no Face ID authentication and an old-school power button with a fingerprint sensor integrated instead. You can see the video below.
In order to make some savings and be able to offer an affordable device, Apple could have decided to use a design that has already been proven and, above all, has already been made profitable. The new iPhone SE 2 would thus be based on the design of the iPhone 8. In addition to the price, this design still appeals to many users, especially those with the iPhone 6 and 7 (100 million people still use an iPhone 6 model) who do not like the style introduced by the iPhone X.
However, just because the device would offer an 'old' design does not mean that the new iPhone will not offer modern internals. The iPhone SE 2 could therefore have a 4.7-inch LCD display, Apple's latest processor, the Bionic A13 chip, and 3GB of RAM. The only thing we don't know is whether this device would include a Touch ID fingerprint reader or a more accessible version of Face ID, Apple's facial recognition system.
|Model||iPhone SE 2|
Expandable via MicroSD: no
|Camera||Rear: single sensor|
|Price at launch||around $500|
But it is above all the price of this new iPhone SE 2 that should delight the brand's fans. The iPhone 8 today is available from $449. The original iPhone SE launched at $399 (16GB). That will go up, of course, but we can expect prices below $500. If we are a little optimistic, perhaps below $400, depending on storage options.
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