Apple launched the first iteration of the iPhone SE back in 2016, and, since then, the first-generation product has not seen a follow-up from the company.
The Rumor Mill has been suggesting that could change soon for months now, with the most recent report hinting that Apple could launch the second-generation iPhone SE in the first half of 2018. That would line up with the original iPhone SE’s launch in the spring two years ago, so it’s certainly not impossible that Apple could be planning on launching a successor to the “cheap iPhone” this year.
The latest report comes from analysts at TrendForce, which suggest a few different outlooks for the Cupertino-based company, many of which are pretty safe bets that we’ve heard before. One of which is the launch of a second-gen iPhone SE this year. The others revolve around Apple continuing to improve features like Face ID, and even bettering the screen-to-body ratio in the iPhone lineup.
TrendForce also expects Apple to launch two new iPhone models this year with AMOLED displays, which lines up with earlier rumors suggesting that Apple will launch the iPhone X successor, and then one bigger handset with the notch design and an OLED display.
“…plans to increase the memory content and embed AMOLED display in two of its models.”
Interestingly enough, TrendForce also expects that Apple will hold the lead on advanced facial recognition for biometric security in smartphones, while the majority of other manufacturers in the smartphone market will face “technical barriers” to reach the same level of detail and functionality in their own devices.
It’s about time that Apple launched a successor to the iPhone SE. While it may not have been as popular as other iPhones launched at the same time, or even after, the handset has held its own on the market. If Apple can manage to make the new model even more aggressively priced, it could probably be a pretty big hit for the company, especially for the folks who don’t want the notch design on its flagship models, or even a big display in general.