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iPhone SE 2: What we know about Apple's latest low-cost iPhone model

06 Nov 2019
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The follow up to Apple’s 2016 iPhone SE model is set to be released during the first quarter of 2020

at a glance

  • Noted Apple analyst of TF Securities Ming-Chi Kuo recently reported the iPhone SE 2 will launch in the first quarter of 2020
  • It’s expected the iPhone SE 2 will cost $600 (AUD), with Kuo predicting the device will be a huge growth driver for Apple during FY20
  • The iPhone SE2 will feature a similar design aesthetic to the iPhone 8, however, will piggyback a lot of the awesome internal specs that drive the iPhone 11

an affordable alternative

After launching their latest device series in the form of the iPhone 11 & iPhone 11 Pro back in September, Apple is following up their iPhone 11 range with a new, more affordable device option that’s a sequel to its 2016 iPhone SE offering.

The iPhone SE 2 will be budget alternative to high-end iPhones and is reportedly set to begin mass production in January 2020.

Apple would launch the iPhone SE 2 with 64GB and 128GB storage options and the device would be positioned as an ideal upgrade option for existing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s users, who are not as fussed about the latest iPhone features but still want to enjoy a smooth experience using iOS 13.

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iPhone SE 2 price & release date

According to Kuo, Apple’s iPhone SE 2 is expected to launch at $600 (AUD), making it roughly $550 cheaper than the iPhone 11 (which is priced incredibly well considering how good of a phone it is).

The $600 price point, would put the iPhone SE 2 up against the Google Pixel 3a in the race for the best low-cost device in the market.

In terms of its release date, although nothing is set in stone, based on the rumours that have surfaced thus far, we’re predicting the device will go on sale sometime around March 2020.

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The iPhone SE 2 should allow users to utilise Apple's much hyped Dark Mode

iPhone SE 2 design & specs

While the original iPhone SE looked a lot like the iPhone 5S, the new iPhone SE will reportedly strike a resemblance to the iPhone 8, with Kuo predicting the iPhone SE 2 will feature a 4.7-inch screen display.

Under the hood is where things are set to get more of an upgrade, with the iPhone SE 2 set to include some of the core internal specs housed in the iPhone 11 series.

This means the low-end iPhone will be powered by Apple’s A13 Bionic chip and potentially paired with 3GB RAM.

All in all, this points to Apple likely reusing external parts of the iPhone 8 to form the iPhone SE 2, while upgrades will come to the internal components, like the processor and camera.

If colour's a deciding factor for your device, you'll be pleased to note the iPhone SE 2 is slated to arrive in space grey, red and silver.

All in all, Apple’s 2020 iPhone lineup is shaping up to be both diverse and significant, with the iPhone SE 2 taking care of the lower end of the market and the highly anticipated follow up to the iPhone 11 which will be Apple’s first soiree into the world of 5G.

Strap yourselves in folks!