Apple’s 2018 plans are already the subject of much conjecture among tech watchers. And while most talk centres on updated versions of the iPhone X, budget conscious fans of Cupertino’s smartphones have plenty to be excited about too.
Why? Well, rumours have emerged again about plans for an iPhone SE 2, a new take on Apple’s current 4–inch smartphone. Read on and we’ll give you the inside line.
Apple’s already lined up a manufacturer
Taiwanese media has reported that Apple has inked a deal with Wistron, one of its key manufacturing partners, to exclusively build the iPhone SE 2 in its Indian factories.
It’s not clear whether other manufacturers will be brought on board at a later date, but it seems Apple is definitely priming a new take on its budget smartphone.
Production slated for spring
The same report claims that Wistron will start production of the iPhone SE 2 in spring 2018, with plans for a launch at some point in the first half of next year.
That means Apple could either hold a dedicated event, as it did when it unveiled the original iPhone SE in March 2016, or leave it until its annual WWDC event, which usually takes place in early June.
It doesn’t appear that Apple will be reinventing the wheel when it comes to the iPhone SE. Rumours flying around the web point to a device with 2GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel camera, 128GB storage and Touch ID, all features which make an appearance in the existing iPhone SE lineup.
But a few key changes
Despite the similarities, it appears the iPhone SE 2 will mark a step change compared with the iPhone SE.
This year’s storage boosts were handy, whereas any new device is expected to come with a newer A10 processor, improved front–facing camera, a 64GB storage option and a larger battery, designed to offer much better staying power.
It’s not certain whether the design will change, however.
Apple slashed the cost of the iPhone SE when it launched the iPhone X, with other retailers selling the phone even cheaper. What’s not clear is whether the iPhone SE 2 would come in at the same £349 price point, or whether Apple would amp up the price in anticipation that most people will buy on contract.
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