The iPhone SE is a staple in Apple’s smartphone line, and the third-generation model offers an affordable way to buy an iPhone. However, the iPhone SE 4th generation handset doesn’t seem to have arrived yet.
There have already been rumors, from sources including TFI Securities’ trusted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, that Apple will cancel, or at least postpone, the fourth edition of the iPhone SE (details here). Kuo is currently looking into this topic further, which is not good news for those hoping for an update to the SE range.
In a post titled “Qualcomm is the biggest winner of Apple’s 2024 iPhone SE 4 cancellations,” Kuo says things are a lot clearer now than before. “The supply chain has received instructions from Apple indicating that the 2024 iPhone SE 4 production and shipping plans have been canceled rather than delayed.”
In some respects this is not surprising. My suspicion was that a postponement was less likely than a cancellation.
It’s claimed that the reason wasn’t because a low-cost iPhone wasn’t a good idea, but because of the 5G chips planned for the new phone.
The principle of the SE phone has always been clear: take an existing iPhone design and stuff the latest processor into it. Design costs were kept to a minimum, allowing for a lower price point and delivering a phone with great performance, but without the cutting-edge look and features of the latest iPhones.
But the iPhone SE, due in 2024, would be the first to feature Apple’s own 5G chip, Kuo said. The chip is currently in development, but reports say it’s not quite satisfying enough that the intention is to make it debut in the SE 4 and decide if it’ll be in next year’s iPhone, his iPhone 16. Changed.
Kuo said: Depending on the development status of the iPhone SE 4, we will decide whether to let the iPhone 16 use the baseband chip. However, the cancellation of the iPhone SE 4 has significantly increased the likelihood that Qualcomm will remain the sole supplier of baseband chips for 2H24’s new iPhone 16. Better than the market consensus to start losing. ”
This isn’t great news for those looking for a newer, more affordable iPhone than the current iPhone SE. But as Kuo says, this is great news for Qualcomm. This is likely to mean that the iPhone 16 range of phones will have a 5G modem.
The 4th generation iPhone SE was thought to be based on the iPhone XR chassis, making it a noticeably bigger option than the current SE. . Instead, everyone will use his Face ID. As a result, will Apple stick with the existing iPhone SE longer? Or can the SE be updated at a later date, say 2025, and modeled after a completely different iPhone? Time will tell. Give me