Apple isn't set to release a sequel to the widely acclaimed iPhone X until the end of 2018.
But that’s not to say we've got nothing to look forward to until later the year. Not least because if rumours are to believed, we can pencil in a fresh take on the iPhone X in the next few months.
Tentatively dubbed the iPhone SE 2, the handset has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks, with new gossip emerging all the time about what the California company has planned.
Here's what we think we know so far.
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A glass design
The iPhone SE is essentially an enhanced version of the ageing iPhone 5s. That means it has a metal frame, much like every iPhone between 2010’s iPhone 4, as well as last year’s iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
This looks set to change with the iPhone SE 2, with reports emerging in India, where the device is apparently being assembled, suggesting Apple will opt for an all-new glass design, for the rear panel at least.
A glass design means one thing: wireless charging. It’s the reason Apple used the material in the iPhone X and it seems the iPhone SE 2 will offer the same functionality.
The same reports in India say the iPhone SE 2 will work with charging plates that support Qi, the charging standard that works with the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
That means the entry level phone may also work with Apple’s own wireless charger, which it unveiled in 2017 and plans to start selling later this year.
iPhone 7-style processing power
Unverified rumours from sources close to Apple’s supply chain reckon that the iPhone SE 2 will utilise the company’s A10 processor.
This chipset was first found in 2016’s iPhone 7 and will be a step up from the A9 chip found in the original model, allowing the iPhone SE 2 to handle tasks at a snappier pace, with apps and web pages opening instantly.
Backing up previous chatter, the latest gossip points to the iPhone SE 2 having more RAM than its predecessor, with 2GB on board.
For everyday users that means a device that should work faster, for longer. That's not an inconsiderable addition, in the light of revelations that the original iPhone SE has been slowed down by Apple, ostensibly to support the device’s shelf life.
It'll be along soon(ish)
March will mark two years since the first iPhone SE was launched. Analysts believe Apple will reveal its successor in the first half of the 2018, possibly as late as its WWDC event in June.
However, with big-name rivals readying new kit at the huge Mobile World Congress expo in February, don’t be surprised to see it on sale much sooner than the summer.
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