According to China’s Economic Daily News, Apple is gearing up to launch the successor of iPhone SE, dubbed as iPhone SE 2 in the first quarter of next year.
The report further states that the second-generation iPhone SE will be assembled exclusively by Taiwanese manufacturer Wistron at its manufacturing facility in Bengaluru, India. Currently, the iPhone SE selling in India are being assembled at the same factory.
The iPhone SE was launched with an intention of being a budget smartphone offering from Apple. Although it was primarily target at developing countries such as India, the smartphone has also found a niche following among those who prefer the pocketability and classic design of the smartphone.
The launch time-frame suggested in the report — first quarter of the next year, is in line with the launch timing of the original model, which was launched in the month of March last year.
However, this isn’t the first time the second-generation iPhone SE’s details have surfaced online. Previous reports surrounding the smartphone suggested that the device could come with a fairly modest update, featuring a faster chip.
It is believed that the phone will not have the latest A11 Bionic chip in order to keep the pricing at the lower side. Instead, the company is expected to upgrade the upcoming device with the A10 chip from the current A9 chip.
The smartphone is expected to come with the second-generation Touch ID sensor that was introduced on the iPhone 6S. It could feature a 12-megapixel rear camera that is available on the iPhone 7, along with a 5-megapixel selfie snapper.
The latest report also indicates that the smartphone will retain the 4-inch display and will offer current memory options — 32GB and 128GB. It also reveals that the pricing for the smartphone will start from $450.
If this report turns out to be true, then the Apple’s 2018 lineup for devices will be the company’s broadest lineup so far given that it is also expected to launch as many as three devices similar to the iPhone X next year.