A new report from China claims that Apple will be unveiling the iPhone SE in the first half of 2018. The handset is tentatively named iPhone SE 2 and will be assembled by Apple’s manufacturing partner Wistron in Bengaluru, India. Wistron currently assembles the iPhone SE in the same factory.
Apple had introduced the original iPhone SE in March 2016. With the handset nearing its two-year anniversary, it is possible that we can see the Cupertino company unveil a new 4-inch iPhone with faster internals and improved camera again in March next year. Rumors surrounding the handset point to the device coming with an A10 Fusion chip, 2GB RAM, and 64/128GB of internal storage. The rear of the handset will feature a 12MP camera setup similar to that of the iPhone 7/iPhone 8. The handset will continue to feature Touch ID and feature a design largely similar to the outgoing model. The lower price point of the handset means that Apple is not going to adopt a bezel-less design with the iPhone SE 2 next year.
Assembling the iPhone SE 2 in India also makes sense since the handset is primarily targeted at the tier-2 and tier-3 cities of the country. Apple dropped the price of the iPhone SE to $349 earlier this year and also doubled its storage capacity to 64GB. The iPhone SE 2, however, is unlikely to have such a low price tag when it is unveiled next year.
If Apple does end up holding a media event in March to unveil the iPhone SE 2, I’d expect the company to also unveil its 2018 iPad Pro lineup at the same event.