A new iPhone, the fourth version of the iPhone SE, may never see the light of day. A new report suggests that the phone will either be canceled or postponed (read why my money is on the former).
Given limited stock availability and generally favorable reviews, the current iPhone 14 Pro series of smartphones is doing well for Apple. But the regular iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus might not be doing as well. And it is because of this that Ming-Chi Kuo of TFI Securities, a highly reliable Apple commentator, has just predicted that the iPhone SE 4th generation is going to be canceled or, at the very least, postponed.
On Twitter, Kuo said, “My latest poll indicates that Apple may cancel or postpone mass production plans for the 2024 iPhone SE 4. End iPhones (eg, SE 3, 13 Mini, and 14 Plus)” .
As you might know, iPhone SE is the most affordable smartphone from Apple and now it is in its third-generation model. Apple has used the design of the earlier model and updated it with the latest phone processor.
Therefore, the design of the iPhone 5s reappeared as the first iPhone SE in March 2016. Then, Apple reintroduced us to the design of the iPhone 8, which it used as the basis for the second-generation SE in Spring 2020. Both phones sold well and the 2020 version may be partially responsible for lower sales of the iPhone 12 Mini later that year – well, if you like the 12 Mini’s smaller form factor, similarly to the smaller SE Why not save money by getting the?
Two years later, in spring 2022, the third generation SE appeared, looking very similar to the second generation model. Could its apparent lack of apparent success be that people have had enough of that design? Or had the fashion for smaller iPhones passed? Or was the Touch ID on the front of the phone finally out of date?
Whatever the case, it was understood that Apple’s next SE would be a full-screen affair, perhaps similar to the iPhone XR that was first seen in 2018, albeit with a brand-spanking-new chip at its heart. was not.
Kuo says there were also: “There were concerns that the SE 4’s full-screen design would lead to a higher cost/increased selling price. As a result, Apple may need to reconsider product positioning and return on investment for the SE 4.” Can
Assuming the new SE was based on the iPhone XR, there was still testing to be done, checking the thermal envelope when a new chip was introduced and so on. So, Kuo concluded: “Additionally, reducing unnecessary new product development expenses will help the company meet the challenges of a global economic downturn in 2023.”
It’s all a bit of a blow for those planning to stick with the entry-level iPhone when it launches in 15 months. It was thought that as soon as Spring 2024 will tell you that it’s already a long way down the design road, it must have cost a lot.
Thus, cancellation or postponement will also not be a decision taken lightly.
Apple has other options, of course. It last released four iPhones, of which the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are expected to be in the range when the iPhone 15 is released. At that point, the iPhone 13 is likely to stay and the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 12 are likely to disappear from sale.
But if Apple wants to keep a foothold in the smaller smartphone market, it may retain the iPhone 13 Mini. It will serve as an entry-level phone and will satisfy users who want a smaller handset.
Apple’s development process is always thoughtful and painstaking, so I find the cancellation decision more likely than the postponement.
Plenty of time for more reports to confirm or refute Kuo in the coming months.