First it was nailed on for release in spring.
Then it was being quietly ditched by Apple as it looked to create buzz around its next set of iPhone X–style devices.
Now though, the iPhone SE 2 is back in the headlines, with a major new leak suggesting the California company is forging ahead with its budget smartphone.
Here are five new rumours about the cheap iPhone that you need to know.
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1 Larger screen
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Until now, chatter about the iPhone SE 2 had suggested it would at least retain the same 4–inch screen found on the original model.
However, Chinese media is now claiming the handset will have a slightly larger, 4.2–inch display.
It’s not yet clear if this will affect the overall size of the handset. It’s more likely that Apple will slim down the bezels, meaning the iPhone SE 2 will still be easy to use one–handed.
That factor is a deal-breaker for some users. And, after all, is the reason for the iPhone SE’s existence in the first place.
2 A June launch
Analysts had heavily trailed plans for Apple to reveal the iPhone SE 2 at a special event in March, exactly two years since it unveiled the original version.
Now though, the same Chinese sources say that the phone will make its debut at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), which is said to be pencilled in for 4th June in San Jose.
It would mark the first iPhone launch at WWDC since 2010. So we think you probably take this rumour with a pinch of salt.
Apple much prefers to focus on software at WWDC, reserving hardware launches for separate events.
3 A10 chipset inside
Sources claim that Apple is priming its A10 chipset for inclusion in the iPhone SE 2. This would give it the same internal power as 2016’s iPhone 7.
That’s not to be sniffed at, although it does mean it will be significantly less powerful than the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.
The bonus is that this should keep costs down.
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4 Basic specs
There are unlikely to be any major changes to the basic specs of the iPhone SE 2 either.
The new Chinese report simply reiterates older rumours about 2GB of RAM and 32GB/128GB storage options.
The latter have been available for a year. A 256GB edition would be welcome, but unlikely as it would make any such device overly expensive.
5 Metal frame means no wireless charging
It had been widely assumed that the iPhone SE 2 would feature a glass design, like the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, meaning it could support wireless charging.
However, such plans now seem unlikely, with Asian media reporting that Apple plans on using a metal finish and design broadly the same as the current edition.
That means it won’t work with the soon–to–be–released Apple AirPower charging mat.
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