Apple is expected to launch the next-generation iPhone SE early next year. We do not know a lot about the successor to the 2020 iPhone SE but rumors suggest it will keep the same design and feature 5G connectivity. According to a new report, the smartphone will soon enter trial production before it is ready to be mass-produced.
Next-gen iPhone SE set to launch early next year as supply chain gears up for mass production
Apple’s suppliers and supply chain partners are gearing up for the smartphone’s launch early next year. MyDrivers reports that the trial production is the phase in the supply chain ahead of when the device is ready for mass production. It was previously reported that the third-generation iPhone SE will be released in the first quarter of 2022, by the end of March.
According to TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the next-generation iPhone SE will have a similar design to the current model with a 4.7-inch LCD panel, unlike high-end iPhones which feature OLED panels. While there is no major redesign expected for the smartphone, it will receive major internal upgrades including the A15 chip which is featured in the iPhone 13 lineup, and 5G connectivity.
There have also been some rumors and leaks over the past few months suggesting Apple will release an ‘iPhone SE Plus,’ but the 6.1-inch device with a punch-hole display is not expected to launch before 2023.
Apple launched iPhone SE (2020) in April last year as a budget-friendly option in its lineup. The device is available to purchase from the tech giant’s website at $399 for 64GB of storage and $449 for 128GB of storage. The next-gen iPhone SE will likely be more significant as the Cupertino tech giant is expected to drop the 5.4-inch “iPhone mini” from its iPhone 14 series.
A recent report from J.P. Morgan analysts suggests the smartphone has the potential to attract more than a billion non-premium Android users due to the addition of 5G connectivity. J.P. Morgan analysts also estimate a rise in iPhone SE “unit sales to 30 million units and annual iPhone shipments expectations to 250 million units, 10 million higher than a year earlier.”