According to the latest set of anonymous case makers, speaking loud at the Global Sources Mobile Electronics trade show in Hong Kong, Apple is planning to push out a brand new iPhone SE model as soon as in May; this, according to Japanese publication Mac Otakara.
The case makers said the second-generation model will retain the same physical size as the current iPhone SE. And Touch ID will remain, but suggesting the new device will continue to have a four-inch display sandwiched between top and bottom bezels for the Home button, camera, and earpiece.
The new, however, referred to as iPhone SE 2 which Apple looking to push out into the market as early as next month. With that said, it also would more than likely to keep the same overall form factor.
If so, it means that no Face ID would be included, and what about the notch at the top? Apple will not give any new iPhone SE model a TrueDepth camera system, but nevertheless, give us an insight into the design meaning that any new model would likely keep the same physical design with the same sized bezels.
If the new iPhone SE will ship with a number of similarities to the existing model, then it will come with an array of changes and differences. Following the footsteps of the iPhone 7 and beyond, the case makers do not expect the new model to have a 3.5mm headphone jack. If accurate, and with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus likely to be discontinued in September, Apple would entirely remove the 3.5mm headphone jack on the device, and no longer sell any iPhone model with a headphone jack.
Otherwise, the company is also expected to give any new iPhone SE model a performance boost with the integration of its own A10 processor, which should be good enough for an approximate 40% increase in processing power than the A9 chop in the currently existing iPhone SE. The chip will likely enable support for the HEIF image format and HEVC video compression standard.
We are accompanied by Apple and its rumors have recently filed reports with the EEC referencing a number of unreleased devices in order to satisfy local laws and regulations. It’s possible that the iPhone SE could be one of those devices with additional information is currently lacking.
The report speculates that the new iPhone SE may have a glass back with wireless charging capabilities, like the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X, but the evidence is scarce at this point of time. It’s also unclear how and where the case makers obtained this information, which is likely compelled to dig up details from the supply chain in order to be first to the market with properly fitting cases and accessories.
Apple is likely most focused on making under-the-hood improvements to the iPhone SE. A sketchy report from Chinese website QQ.com, for example, claimed the second-gen model will have a larger 4.2-inch display, Touch ID, A10 Fusion chip, 2GB of RAM, and metal back and frame, available with 32GB or 128GB of storage. At its $349 price point, its new design is unlikely to resemble the iPhone X.
With WWDC just around the corner, and with the device expected to hit the market in May, it’s only a matter of weeks to wait for additional information or an official reveal. If there really is a so-called iPhone SE 2 on Apple’s roadmap, it is expected it will have few outward-facing changes.