Welcome again to the wonderous, ever-churning world of the Apple rumor mill where the subject this time is the 4th generation iPhone SE. While an earlier report had predicted that the phone’s planned 2024 release was cancelled, a new one from the same source is saying the complete opposite.
The upcoming iPhone SE is expected to hit store shelves at the start of 2024 and is supposed to act as a testing ground for Apple’s in-house 5G chip. Given the success of this move, Apple will apparently consider taking the same route with the iPhone 16 range.
Apple currently relies on Qualcomm for delivering the 5G modems on its own chipsets but it was reported earlier that the Cupertino giant wants to end this reliance.
In January though, it had come to light that the poor sales of the third-gen iPhone SE, the iPhone 13 Mini, and the iPhone 14 Plus models that prompted the company to change these plans.
But the latest report by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo states that production of the next-gen iPhone SE is back on track. A clear reason for this change of heart hasn’t been provided by him but he has indeed mentioned a few other details.
Kuo has once again corroborated that the new iPhone SE will sport a 6.1-inch display. Interestingly, this panel is speculated to be OLED in nature rather than LCD. That’s the reason why this device is being described by the analyst as a minor modification of the 6.1-inch iPhone 14.
He mentions that the iPhone SE will come with Apple’s 5G baseband chip manufactured using a 4nm process. At this moment, this chip only supports sub-6GHz connections, an obstacle that the company hopes will be overcome before production of the iPhone 16 range commences.
As we said, the 4th gen iPhone SE is expected to be released early next year. We’ll have more on it when newer details are out.