Don't Wait If You Can't Wait Until 2020
Apple might be working on a smaller iPhone, but it's unclear when it will launch.
Unlike the flagship iPhone models, there's no definitive release cycle for the iPhone SE. The first edition landed in March of 2016, but the company skipped a release in March of 2017 and March of 2018.
The iPhone SE 2 missed Apple's March window, WWDC 2019 in June, and Apple's September iPhone event which means the next potential launch date is in March, 2020.
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The PC-Tablet report suggests that the device will arrive sometime later this year as the iPhone XE, but the information doesn't come from a known Apple insider. Most rumors have pointed to the arrival of a smaller iPhone in 2020.
A report from Chinese-language Economic Daily News states that Apple will release a new version of the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 in the early part of 2020.
The site says the device will launch in the spring which, if true, would probably mean a launch sometime in March.
Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis notes that a few suppliers mention the arrival of an iPhone SE 2 in early 2020, but that others don't have the same information.
Respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple's working on three new flagship iPhone models for 2020 including a 5.4-inch model with an OLED display. He also believes Apple's working on an iPhone SE 2 successor for early 2020.
According to Kuo, Apple plans to release a lower-priced "iPhone SE 2" sometime in the first quarter of 2020.
Kuo claims the device will enter mass production in January ahead of a launch at the end of March. Again, Apple typically uses March to launch new hardware.
The original iPhone SE was announced on March 21st in 2016. Pre-orders started on March 24 ahead of a release on March 31st.
Apple re-released the phone nearly a year later on March 24th, 2017 with larger storage options.
We're getting closer, but if you don't think you can wait until March, it might be best to look into iPhone SE 2 alternatives.
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