Days after tipping the tentative launch window, long-time Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted that Apple’s allegedly in the works iPhone SE 2 will launch in March next year. According to Kuo, Apple will begin mass production of the iPhone SE 2 in January and it will launch the phone at the end of March next year. This falls in line with Kuo’s previous prediction that suggested Apple will launch the iPhone SE 2 early next year, that is sometime in Q1 2020.
As per Kuo, Apple will launch the iPhone SE 2 at a starting price of $399 which roughly translates to Rs 28,500. This means, the iPhone SE 2 should ideally arrive in India – should it arrive in India – at a price of around Rs 40,000, going by how these things usually work.
Rumours that the iPhone SE 2 is in development have been going around since 2017 but two years down the line, Apple is yet to make any sort of announcement. But things may change soon. Kuo has had a good track record with all things Apple, and therefore we have reason to believe, the latest predictions can’t be too far off from the truth.
Kuo has made several other predictions with regards to the upcoming iPhone SE 2. The iPhone SE was launched with an iPhone 5-like design with the core hardware of the iPhone 6S. The idea was to offer a smaller, more affordable iPhone for developing markets like India. Kuo has predicted that the iPhone SE 2 will have a design similar to the iPhone 8, but it will pack the Apple A13 processor – which is also found inside the iPhone 11. This means that the iPhone SE 2 could be launched with an iPhone 8-like design with the core hardware of the iPhone 11.
Kuo has also predicted that the upcoming iPhone SE 2 will pack a Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) antenna sourced from Japan’s Murata Manufacturing Co. The use of LCP antenna will boost network connectivity (wireless/cellular) in the iPhone SE 2 hopefully entailing in speedier, more stable connections across the board. It isn't clear if the iPhone SE 2 will support 5G at this point of time.