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.
Apple could call this the iPhone 9
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.
A design similar to the iPhone 8
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.
Priced under $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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