In a massive blow to fans of economically priced 4-inch iPhones, Apple may not be getting ready to launch the iPhone SE 2 after all. There’s been a lot of chatter about the handset for the past few months, leading many to believe that a launch was due in May/June this year.
Famed KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is now here to dash these rumors with a research note of his own. It seems Apple got pretty overwhelmed with the launch of 3 new iPhone models in 2017. According to him, the iPhone X’s delay demonstrates that the company doesn’t have enough resources available for development.
Making things more complicated is the fact that there are 3 more iPhones due in September 2018, hogging up most of Apple’s resources. Kuo thinks the brand will be doing all it can to prevent a repeat of what went down last year. The iPhone X is reportedly not doing as well as hoped, and the shipping crunch it faced in its early days could be one of the reasons why.
The note concludes with the belief that Apple won’t have enough spare resources in hand to work on the iPhone SE 2 and launch it in Q2 of 2018. However, if the firm defies expectations and releases it anyway, the analyst thinks that it won’t have too many outward-facing changes.
Instead, the iPhone SE 2 will probably get hold of a faster processor and lower cost. iPhone X features like a bezel-free screen, Face ID, and wireless charging are all out of the window.
Reports in the past have suggested that the iPhone SE 2 could get the iPhone 7’s SoC and design, an upgrade over its current iPhone 6S SoC and iPhone 5S design. Word on the street was that the handset would be manufactured at Wistron’s Indian plant and get exported from there.