Analyst Doesn’t Believe Apple Has Enough Resources to Launch an iPhone SE 2 This Year


iPhone SE from the rear

2018 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Apple, as far as new devices are concerned, and if the rumor mill is to be believed at all.

One of those new handsets is the oft-rumored iPhone SE 2, a follow up to the small iPhone that Apple launched a coupe of years ago. It was reported recently that Apple is designing a new model to launch in the early stages of this year, and that it could feature wireless charging — just like Apple adopted with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X last year.

However, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has weighed in on the topic of an iPhone SE 2, and, well, he does not seem all that sold on the idea. According to an analyst report that MacRumors obtained, Kuo does not believe that Apple has enough development resources to tackle another new iPhone this year.

Keep in mind that Kuo is consistently pointing to Apple launching a successor to the iPhone X this year, as well as a larger variant rumored to be called the iPhone X Plus, and another handset, the 6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD display. While Apple changed up its routine last year with three new iPhones, Kuo doesn’t believe we’ll see a similar situation this year:

“The announcement of three new iPhone models in the same quarter in the second half of 2017 was the first time Apple made such a major endeavor, and we believe the delay of iPhone X, which had the most complicated design yet, shows that Apple doesn’t have enough resources available for development.”

However, Kuo concedes in the note that if an iPhone SE 2 does exist, then its outward changes, and major features list, won’t be all that different from the original iPhone SE 2 launched in 2016. The key changes would be a faster processor under the hood, and Kuo believes it could come in at a lower price point.

Our Take

Hearing Apple doesn’t have resources to do something always sounds silly, considering the company’s size and reach, but they are indeed capable of only doing so much. An iPhone SE 2 doesn’t seem impossible, especially if it has few, if any, outward changes, and that lower price point could be a good move for the company moving forward.

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[via MacRumors]