Apple’s iPhone 11 (guide), iPhone 11 Pro (guide) and iPhone 11 Pro Max (guide) appear to be selling like hotcakes, despite their high prices and the troubled launch of iOS 13. But upgraders be warned: you might want to hold off now a shock new iPhone has leaked.
In a new research note obtained by MacRumors, acclaimed Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo reveals Apple will soon launch a long-awaited successor to the iPhone SE. Furthermore, it will contain the beating heart of the iPhone 11 Pro for a fraction of the cost and launch early next year.
Spelling this out, Kuo says the so-called ‘iPhone SE2’ will feature the A13 Bionic – Apple’s top of the range iPhone chipset – along with 3GB LPDDR4X RAM, the same as the $700 iPhone 11. Kuo believes the handset will be the “best upgrade choice” for millions of users and will ship up to 40 million units next year. For context, Gartner recently estimated that the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max shipped 48 million units combined between October 2018 and June 2019.
The downside, is Kuo stays the iPhone SE2 will not be a smaller version of the iPhone 11. Instead, the form factor is similar to the iPhone 8 which is now showing its age. The flipside is the iPhone 8 remains far more compact than the vast majority of smartphones these days and it will have Touch ID, which is still faster than Face ID and preferred by some. In fact, Apple is hotly tipped to bring Touch ID back for the iPhone 12.
The similarity to the iPhone 8 also gives us a guide to pricing. Right now, Apple sells the iPhone 8 unlocked for $449 and with the iPhone XR sat above it at $599, so it looks like Apple cannot charge more than $499 for the iPhone SE2. Compare that to the $999 and $1099 starting prices of the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, for a phone which is just as fast.
Wannabe iPhone 11 upgraders also have to bear in mind the other end of the scale. Details about Apple’s exciting 2020 iPhone redesign have already leaked, revealing two new screen sizes, ProMotion displays, the aforementioned return of Touch ID, a move to USB-C and 5G adoption across the range. One may even fold.
So while the iPhone 11 range does impress, both buyers on a budget and buyers who live on the cutting edge now have a lot to consider. Especially while iOS 13 is doing everything possible to warn users away from immediate upgrades.
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