There’s been no shortage of rumors suggesting that Apple could refresh the iPhone SE this year. But a new report claims that the 4-inch handset could adopt a key “modern iPhone” feature.
Leaker Benjamin Geskin, who has a good track record of accurate Apple-related information, said on Tuesday that the so-called iPhone SE 2 will sport wireless charging — which will probably be based on the Qi standard like last year’s iPhone 8 and iPhone X.
Geskin added that the iPhone SE 2, internally codenamed Jaguar, will switch to a glass back construction to facilitate wireless charging (doing away with the standard unibody aluminum back of the previous model).
The leaker cited his own sources within Apple’s supply chain and noted that the refreshed iPhone SE is already in mass production.
New iPhone (probably SE2) coming soon – code name: Jaguar
Glass Case, Wireless Charging, In Mass Production already. pic.twitter.com/vhcq71VPxJ
— Ben Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) April 21, 2018
Rumors of a refreshed iPhone SE first started swirling last year, when several outlets predicted that it could be a central component of Apple’s India strategy.
It’s worth noting that specific details about the phone have been all over the place — and at least one analyst cast doubt on the 4-inch device. When a couple rumors predicting a March release turned out to be false, the existence of the refresh was called into question.
However, at this point, it’s looking increasingly likely that we’ll see a second-generation iPhone SE this year.
Earlier this month, a regulatory filing with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) revitalized rumors of an iPhone SE 2. Previous filings with the EEC foreshadowed other major releases, so it’s nearly a certainty that a new iPhone (other than the September lineup) is on the horizon.
According to various supply chain rumors and market predictions, the iPhone SE 2 could sport an upgraded A10 Fusion chipset. It would retain the device’s 4-inch display size, top and bottom bezels, and Home button. On the other hand, the iPhone SE 2 could launch without a 3.5mm headphone jack.
As far as other upgrades, the device will presumably launch with a better camera than the first-generation iPhone SE. Today’s report also isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors of wireless charging being added. There’s currently no word on the display tech, but at this price tier, it’ll probably be LCD.
First launched in March 2016, the iPhone SE hasn’t seen a proper refresh since its unveiling beyond a storage bump in 2017. In other words, it’s a perfect time to upgrade the device — which has been a surprise hit with consumers.
There’s not a lot of concrete information about the price range, but analysts think it could retail for around the same price as the current-generation model ($349) — if not slightly cheaper. Budget-friendly devices do seem to be part of Apple’s 2018 strategy. It would make sense for the device to occupy a lower price tier than the September lineup.
While a March launch was previously predicted, it’s looking likely that the iPhone SE 2 could launch in May or June (based on the available information, regulatory filings and analyst predictions). At least one report claims that the device could be unveiled at Apple’s WWDC ’18 in June.