Apple will release an updated iPhone SE in May, according to case makers who spoke with Japanese website Mac Otakara at the Global Sources Mobile Electronics trade show in Hong Kong this week.
The case makers said the second-generation model will retain the same physical size as the current iPhone SE, and Touch ID is expected to remain, suggesting the device will continue to have a four-inch display sandwiched between the top and bottom bezels for the home button, camera, and earpiece,” Rossignol reports. “Following in the footsteps of the iPhone 7 and beyond, the case makers do not expect the new iPhone SE to have a 3.5mm headphone jack. If accurate, and with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus likely to be discontinued in September, Apple would no longer sell any iPhone model with a headphone jack.” Rossignol reports, “Also like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the new iPhone SE will supposedly be powered by Apple’s last-generation A10 Fusion chip, up to 40 percent faster than the A9 processor in the current iPhone SE.”
The report speculates that the new iPhone SE may have a glass back with wireless charging capabilities, like the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, but the evidence is said to be inconclusive at this time. It’s unclear how and where the case makers obtained this information, but they are likely compelled to dig up details from the supply chain in order to be first to the market with properly fitting cases and accessories.
If there really is a so-called iPhone SE 2 on Apple’s roadmap, Kuo expects it will have few outward-facing changes. He predicts the device would likely have a faster processor and a lower price, rather than iPhone X-like features like a nearly full-screen design, 3D sensing for Face ID, or wireless charging. It will also pack the Touch ID and will have the same 4-inches display with thick bezels on top and bottom to accommodate the front-camera, TouchID, and earpiece. Following the trend of iPhone 7, the new SE 2 will also likely skip the 3.5mm audio jack. If all, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are likely to be discontinued in September, meaning Apple will no longer sell any iPhone model with a headphone jack. The Apple iPhone SE new model will also power the A10 Fusion chipset which is up to 40 percent faster than the A9 processor in the current iPhone SE. It is also reported that new iPhone SE may have a glass back with wireless charging capabilities, but it is inconclusive at this time. We have recently seen Eurasian regulatory database hinting at a new iPhone launch very soon and this could very well be the iPhone SE 2 by all means, but as we said above, it is inconclusive at this moment.
Either way, we should know more details in the coming weeks.