Apple to Reportedly Introduce New Low-Cost iPhone SE Successor in 2020

Posted on September 4, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Apple, Hardware, iOS, Mobile with 16 Comments

Apple has seen a decline in iPhone sales recently following the launch of its flagship devices like the iPhone Xr. The company’s sales are especially struggling in markets like China and India, where the latest iPhones are quite expensive, making the more affordable options from other companies like Huawei much more enticing.

And to hit back at companies like Huawei, Apple is reportedly planning on a successor to the iPhone SE. According to a new report from Nikkei, Apple is working on a new low-cost iPhone device. The new device, which is expected to arrive in early 2020, will feature a design similar to the 4.7-inch iPhone 8.

Price of the new device, along with its branding, is yet to be decided, but Apple is internally referring to the device as the “latest generation of the iPhone SE”.

Nikkei‘s report doesn’t include a lot of the technical details about the device, but the report does confirm another recent report from April by the Economic Daily News which stated that the new iPhone will feature an LCD display to save costs. The report also stated that it will feature Apple’s A13 processor and a single-lens camera on the back. It is not clear, however, whether the device will include a notched design like the latest iPhone flagships, or whether it will feature Face ID over Touch ID. Chances are, Apple will probably stick to Touch ID to save costs.

Apple isn’t expected to reveal the new iPhone SE till early 2020, so I doubt we will get to hear about it at the company’s iPhone event next week, where we are expecting three new high-end iPhones. 

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16 responses to “Apple to Reportedly Introduce New Low-Cost iPhone SE Successor in 2020”

  1. Thom77

    Samsung 5g phone = cheap

    iPhone SE2 = low cost


  2. RobertJasiek

    Hardwarewise, successor of iPhone SE should mean: no notch, no camera bump, ratio 16:9, not taller than 124mm, with audio jack. A design like iPhone 8 would also have more LTE bands, no notch and ratio 16:9 but otherwise mean: camera bump, 139mm tall, no audio jack. Therefore, it is unpredictable whether the new phone will have a nice or bad design. Furthermore, the current fashion of altering the screen-body-ratio might result in a too tall display ratio. A notch is another danger. Will the device be close to SE, iPhone 8 or current fashion? A 4,7" display in a body of roughly SE size might make many happy depending on (no) notch and display ratio. Anyway, inheriting the LTE bands from the iPhone 8 is mandatory for success.

    The price is important, of course. Never forget the still missing general file manager and a system driver to replace iTunes on Windows.

  3. red.radar

    Can I preorder ?

    The iPhone 6/7/8 form factor was really good. And Touch ID was great. Having that design with refreshed processor and camera sensor at a lower price would be lovely.

    just because it’s an older design doesn’t mean it’s bad.

    • Chris_Kez

      In reply to red.radar:

      That sounds about right. With Apple and the rest of the industry moving towards larger phones, I'll be surprised if they keep the current 4" SE design. I carry an SE from work as a second phone and I would love to see that updated, but a refresh based on the 6/7/8 seems more likely.

      • lvthunder

        In reply to Chris_Kez:

        I bet they keep the size. It'll make the screen cheaper. Plus I think the point of the SE is the smaller size.

        • red.radar

          In reply to lvthunder:

          I think they will move the iPhone SE to the 6/7/8 architecture so they can reuse manufacturing tooling. I bet the SE design is well deprecated and they are ready to retire those manufacturing processes.

          I dont see apple investing in a new design just for the SE. it will not keep the price point Low.

          But it if they do refresh the classic 5/SE body with new internals... I am not going to complain. I like the idea of small iPhone

  4. bob_shutts

    I really like the 4.7" form factor. Keeping my iPhone 7 until then.

  5. Tony Barrett

    Let's not beat around the bush here - the iPhone is expensive and goes up from there to the eye-wateringly extortionate levels. Even the Xr is not budget by any other manufacturers measure. If Apple release a 'budget' iPhone, that means budget in Apple's terms, but nobody elses. Apple won't want to erode the brand value, but because of their shift to services, a customer no longer needs to own the most expensive iPhone - just 'any' iPhone. I'm not too convinced myself, and there's potentially another year to go, but that <5" form factor does seem to appeal to a lot of people!

  6. JH_Radio

    I like my SE. As a blind person that uses Voiceover, and a person with smaller hands, I honestly don't need anything bigger. and it fits in a pocket. which means when I go to try t the Samsung S10 Plus, that suckers gonna be huge...

  7. Dryloch

    The problem is that they appear to be competing with themselves and not similarly priced Android phones. Samsung sells 300.00 android phones with three cameras on the back.

  8. Pierre Masse

    Give me an affordable Macbook with it and then we'll talk.

  9. jimchamplin

    Please just let it be called iPhone SE, and be the same but with the XS/XR guts.

  10. Winner

    Apple's stratospheric prices are biting them in the ass.

  11. nbplopes

    As the Post PC era evolves we are seeing a myriad of speciality new devices. Were there was only the PC / Mac we now have:

    Smartspeakers, Smart TVs, Smartwatches, Smartcars, Smartbooks (Tablets), Personal sensors (Tiles ...), Scales, Smarthome appliances ....

    The number is increasing.

    The problem with Apple is not so much the high price of a Smartphone, but for me it is starting to become the cost of the entire ecosystem. I believe that it is this cost that will drive sales down.

    I may be able to afford a afford an iPhone, MacBook Pro / iPad Pro and a Smartwatch, but no much else. More so across the family. What is the point of investing on a Apple ecosystem for the home to have one or two kids left out? You only need one out to invalidate the entire investment. I've noticed that first with HomePod.

    For me Apple brand is not built on high prices but on quality software, devices and lately digital services that make computing simpler.

    This is to say, I think there will come a time were they will be forced to decide between thinking of pricing of each product as elements of an ecosystem or keep on driving the most margins up products individually. Microsoft already has done such decision in they software line. They have chosen the first approach, it looks like it was the right one!

    There is another option, Have a more price approach competitive to appliances, say with Google and Amazon and keep the prices of the iPhone and iPads Pro's.

    Now that, will require courage either way. Go a market were money is no object, or go for a market that has money yet is sensible.

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