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.
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.
Texas Rangers investigating the Sutherland Springs church shooting have issued a search warrant to Apple ordering them to unlock the shooter’s iPhone SE. The shooter also had another LG feature phone on his person, although the authorities don’t want to confirm this because they “don’t want to tell every bad guy out there what phone to buy.”
This year, there are three new iPhones. Two that bring back a familiar design, with bezels right up front, with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. And the other, the iPhone X, which aims to reduce the bezels in a big way.
The iPhone SE (an acronym for Special Edition) was an odd-ball launch for Apple last year. An iPhone forged from of the same shell as the 2013 iPhone 5s, it had updated internals like the A9 chip and a 12 megapixel camera from the iPhone 6s that launched six months before. One could say that after the ill-fated $549 iPhone 5c from 2012, the $399 iPhone SE has probably been the company’s most earnest attempt at cracking the mid-range smartphone market. Apart from the pocket-friendly price tag, the company also suggested that there was still high demand for a compact smartphone with a 4-inch display.
Recently, a sketchy rumor surfaced that suggested Apple was working on a refreshed iPhone SE, and that it may launch in “late August.”
Apple officially started assembling the iPhone SE in India from mid-May, and now, the handset has started making its way across retail channels in the country. Assembled in India iPhone SE units come with a ‘Designed in California. Assembled in India’ tagline.
Earlier this year, Comcast announced its own MVNO, a brand new wireless service that accesses Verizon Wireless’s network called Xfinity Mobile.
A report from The Wall Street Journal today confirmed that Apple has completed a trial run of assembling iPhone SE in India at its factory in Karnataka.
So far, we have only heard rumors surrounding the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and primarily the OLED iPhone 8. Today, however, a photo of what is allegedly the rear panel of the iPhone SE 2 has been leaked on the internet.