Apple Could Launch 4.7-inch Budget iPhone SE in Spring 2020

The 4.7-inch iPhone SE might be old and outdated but it still has its own fair share of userbase due to its small size and low price tag. Apple has not updated the iPhone SE in years now but if a Nikkei report is to be believed, the company could launch a refresh of the handset in spring next year.

This new iPhone won’t be a direct successor to the iPhone SE though. It will only be its spiritual successor as Apple aims to target the $399 price point with it. The lower price tag will help Apple reclaim its lost market share to Huawei in China and other parts of the world.

The report cites that this spiritual iPhone SE successor will be similar in size to the 4.7-inch iPhone 8. That would make it notably bigger than the existing iPhone SE which ships with a 4-inch display. While this iPhone will have the same internals as the iPhone 11 series, it will feature a cheaper LCD display.

It is unclear if this budget iPhone will have Touch ID or not but given its low price tag, Apple is unlikely to include Face ID on it.

The size of the new model will be similar to the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 that was introduced in 2017, three sources said. The model will share most of the same components with the flagship iPhones this year, and it will feature the lower-cost liquid crystal display that will help Apple achieve the lower starting price-tag, although the final pricing for the model is not yet settled, the people said.

Our Take

The $750 iPhone XR is regarded as the budget iPhone by many but it is still priced too higher for consumers living in developing markets of the world. Apple needs an iPhone around the $400 price point to attract consumers in such markets. Google’s $400 budget Pixel 3a has met with great success in the United States, while the more expensive Pixel 3 series failed to take off.

Apple is expected to dramatically overhaul its iPhone lineup next year in terms of display size. Thus, it would make sense for the company to replace the popular iPhone SE with a device that has a slightly bigger display but the same price tag.

[Via Nikkei]