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Kuo: Apple's Plans For The iPhone SE

The iPhone SE doesn't have a standard position in the iPhone lineup, and as a "Special Edition" product, it doesn't obey the normal product cycles and has no annual cycle. The first iPhone SE was released in the spring of 2016, whereas the current model was released in April 2020. According to a new report from Ming-Chi Kuo, it'll also be a wait until the current model's successor hits the shelves, as Apple doesn't have an announcement planned for the near future. A few months ago, reports pointed towards a third-generation release in the first half of 2021, however, this no longer appears to be the case. There's also no more talk of an iPhone SE "Plus". Whether or not Apple abandoned these plans (or if the even existed in the first place), is unknown.

iPhone SE 3: 2022 At The Likeliest
According to Kuo, the earliest arrival of a new iteration of the iPhone SE would come at the end of 2021, however, a 2022 release is more likely. A third-generation of the budget model iPhone isn't at the top of Apple's priority list. Even if Apple does announce a new iPhone SE model in 2021 or 2022, no major changes to the device are expected. However, Apple would like to equip the budget smartphone with 5G and update the chip to an A14 or A15 (in the event of a 2022 release).



Significant Differences Between The SE & Standard Lineup
Kuo couldn't confirm rumors concerning a Touch ID enabled home button, like with the iPad Air. However, the next third-generation iPhone SE is likely to keep the current generation's iPhone 8 design basis – a 4.7" device with traditional buttons. At the moment, nothing points to a more modern, entirely flat display, although this might be desirable. As per the model's accessible pricing, it won't be possible for Apple to equip the upcoming SE with the same hardware features as an iPhone 12. The iPhone SE should remain fully loyal to the "classic" design, there won't be more than one camera on the back of the device.

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