As per a new report from TF Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, Apple will release a 5G-enabled iPhone SE in the first half of 2022. In terms of its flagship lineup for next year, the analyst predicts iPhone 14 will feature under-display Touch ID and bigger screen sizes for non-Pro iPhones with 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch screens. The lineup will also be cheaper.
Apple to launch cheaper 6.7-inch iPhone in 2022
Kuo has stated that an iPhone model equipped with a 6.7-inch screen in 2022 will retail below $900. Currently, the Cupertino tech giant only sells one variant with a screen of this size, iPhone Pro Max, which starts at $1,099. If this prediction is accurate, consumers might see cheaper iPhones with bigger screens. This would allow Apple to compete with Android manufacturers as they offer flagship features at different price points.
The analyst also predicts Apple could start offering 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch screens for non-Pro iPhone models. Currently, iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max offer screens of this size – both devices are the most expensive of the iPhone 12 lineup.
Due to lackluster sales, iPhone mini will most likely be cut from the 2022 iPhone lineup. A few months after its launch, it was reported that iPhone 12 mini has the lowest sales out of all the models. The tech giant had to cut Phone 12 mini’s production by almost 70% for the first half of 2021, as per some estimates. While Apple will include a mini variant in its upcoming lineup slated for launch in September this year, Kuo says it will most likely be dropped next year.
In addition to larger screens, Kuo believes the lineup will feature under-screen fingerprint readers. This means that users who are not a fan of Face ID and prefer the widely popular Touch ID will be offered an alternative.
Apart from details regarding iPhone 14, Kuo also said Apple will launch a new iPhone SE with 5G capabilities and an upgraded processer that will replace iPhone mini across its offerings.