Report: Apple to Launch New iPhone SE This Month

Posted on April 3, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in iOS with 23 Comments

The new iPhone SE will provide the same form factor as the iPhone 7 and 8 but will feature modern innards and launch sometime in mid-April, according to a new report.

“Apple will simply call the new entry-level model ‘iPhone SE,’ while referencing the new hardware as the 2020 version,” 9to5Mac’s Zac Hall writes. Previous reports suggested that Apple would launch this new entry-level offering as the iPhone SE 2 or iPhone 9. (Technically, this would be the SE 3, I guess.)

The new iPhone SE will use the same A13 chip as the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Plus, and it will ship in 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB variants, with prices starting at $399. (See that Google? Storage options in an entry-level handset.) By comparison, the generations-old iPhone 8 is currently priced at $449 and up.

As an iPhone 8-style handset, the new SE will provide a Touch ID fingerprint reader and not Face ID. It will be available in white, black, and Product(Red) variants. (Since Apple doesn’t sell white or black products, I assume they mean Silver and Space Gray.) And Apple will offer five case choices (which yes, also work with iPhone 7 and 8) at launch: Black silicone, white silicone, red leather, black leather, and midnight blue leather.

The iPhone SE is expected to ship to buyers as soon as late April.

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