Apple’s iPhone SE 2 is scheduled to go into production in January 2020 and will be available by the end of March, according to Guo Mingyu, a well-known Apple analyst. The timing largely coincides with his previous report on the iPhone SE 2, in which he predicted that the device would be released in the first quarter of 2020, starting at $399.
Relying on historical patterns in Apple’s product release schedule to predict future product launches is not without risk, but March has traditionally been the time period for Apple to release a cheap iPhone. The original iPhone SE was released on March 21, 2016 and pre-ordered on March 24, 2016, and the device went on sale on March 31, 2016. Nearly a year later, on March 24, 2017, the device was re-released with more storage capacity. In the past two years, Apple has held a special launch in the last week of March.
The new low-end iPhone specs are said to include a 4.7-inch display, A13 CPU (the same as the iPhone 11), 3GB LPDDR4X memory, 64GB and 128GB storage options, space gray, silver and red, Home button, no 3D touch. Mr. Guo expects the device to look similar to the iPhone 8 and believes it will be a popular upgrade option for existing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S owners and a key driver of Apple’s earnings growth in 2020. He believes the iPhone SE 2 will continue to use touch ID and single-lens rear cameras.
In terms of shipments, Mr. Guo estimates that the monthly shipments of the iPhone SE 2 will be between 2 million and 4 million units. Guo also expects the iPhone SE 2 to use the LCD polymer antenna design to improve transmission efficiency. According to other industry sources, LG is in talks with Apple to provide LCD displays for the iPhone SE’s successors, and the display panels are currently undergoing final quality checks. Of course, the iPhone SE 2 may not be the final name of the device, and there are presumably other possibilities, such as the iPhone 8 S and iPhone 9.