Previous reports had stated that Apple’s slate for 2024 included a new iPhone SE model but it seems the company is set to abandon the plan. The reason for this is most likely the underwhelming reception of models like the third-gen iPhone SE, the iPhone 13 Mini, and the iPhone 14 Plus.
As per a blog post by the noted technology analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, Apple’s communications to its supply chain are suggesting that production and shipment plans for the 2024 iPhone SE model have been cancelled.
As elaborated by him, Apple had propped the device up to be the first to run the company’s in-house 5G chip before placing it inside the iPhone 16 range. But this new development means the company could continue to knock on Qualcomm’s door till at least 2024 for the all-important 5G modem.
Back in December last year, Kuo had predicted via Twitter that the 2024 iPhone SE model could either be cancelled or postponed owing to the lower-than-expected demand for the latest iPhone SE, the iPhone 13 Mini, and the iPhone 14 Plus.
It’s no secret that these three iPhones haven’t had the best of debuts in the market. But then again, their sales are seemingly being hogged by other iPhones themselves, which shouldn’t put Apple in much of a spot of bother.
The third-gen iPhone SE was unveiled without fanfare in March last year. That’s probably because it didn’t bring a lot of new things to the table. A processor upgrade to the A15 Bionic meant that the new device was 5G-capable but almost nothing else changed.
2024 was set to be the year of the fourth-gen iPhone SE but if the new report is to be believed, we might never get to see another SE-branded handset from Apple again.