Report: iPhone SE 2 to Arrive in Q1 2020 with $400 Starting Price

Posted on October 14, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in iOS, Mobile with 29 Comments

 

A reliable Apple leaker claims that the firm will release the long-awaited iPhone SE 2 in early 2020 with a $400 starting price. That’s the same price as the original iPhone SE, from 2016, though Apple later lowered its starting price to $350. 

News of the pending launch comes via TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, whose latest report was leaked to Apple-friendly publications like 9to5MacMacRumors, and others.  

According to these publications, the iPhone SE 2, as Kuo calls it, will visually resemble the iPhone 8, but will include more modern innards. It will be powered by the same Apple A13 series chip used in the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro series, but with 3 GB of RAM, 1 GB less than the iPhone 11s. It will be offered in both 64 GB and 128 GB variants, and in Space Gray, Silver, and Red colors. Not sure why this even needs to be mentioned, but like the iPhone 11 series, the iPhone SE 2 will not support 3D Touch. 

Apparently, the pricing is designed to entice iPhone 6 holdouts, since those users cannot upgrade to the recently released—and endlessly patched—iOS 13, which will presumably be stable by that time. It will offer an interesting counter to, or perhaps even replace, the iPhone 8, which now starts at $450. 

Apple released the original iPhone SE, which reused the classic iPhone 4-5S-era iPhone design, in the wake of the release of the blander and bigger iPhone 6 series. At the time, many potential iPhone upgraders were looking for a smaller device that matched the iPhone 5S form factor. It doing similarly now with the iPhone 6 design thus makes some sense, since we’ve had three years of iPhone X-style designs, and not all iPhone users are fans. 

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