We recently reported that the iPhone 9 AKA iPhone SE 2 could be officially revealed on April 15. But now, based on new information from 9to5Mac, it’s possible Apple could be opening orders for their new iPhone as soon as tomorrow. While personally, I feel it’s unlikely to be tomorrow, this new information definitely indicates that Apple is ready to start accepting orders very soon.
But there are also new details to get a clearer picture of Apple’s next mystery wallet-friendly device:
What the heck is it called?
So far, we’ve been referring to the iPhone 8 replacement as the iPhone SE 2 or the iPhone 9. But now, according to new information from 9to5Mac, Apple will call the entry-level iPhone the “iPhone SE”, and putting a 2020 version to it. So something like, iPhone SE 2020 or 2020 iPhone SE I’m assuming.
They originally assumed the iPhone SE name for the 4-inch model, which used the iPhone 5s body but with the upgraded internals of the iPhone 6s. Now, we’re expecting the iPhone SE 2020 to house the same chip as the iPhone 11 series, Apple’s A13 processor. That’d make it a significant upgrade from the iPhone 8’s A11 Bionic chip.
So yes, so far, the iPhone SE 2020 is going to be a great value-for-money device, especially for an iPhone.
Storage and Colour Options
9to5Mac also confirmed the various colour and storage options for the iPhone SE 2020 which include:
- PRODUCT (Red)
How much is it going to cost and when can I get one?
Well this is the next part of the mystery, but we do have some clues as to how much this new budget iPhone could cost. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, a very reputable supply chain analyst, reported that the new model would be priced at $399 (~RM1650). But, there have been other reports to indicate the price to be either $349 (~RM1500) or $399. So we should expect it in this price range.
In terms of design, the iPhone SE 2020 is expected to keep the body of the iPhone 8, but no word on the screen so far. I’m hoping for some sort of update to the screen, maybe minimising the bezels and making for a larger screen akin to the iPhone XR. Because to me, huge bezels are super outdated, and would be a crutch to what could be Apple’s best selling iPhone this year. But then again, there’s been no information to indicate an update to the screen, so that’s disappointing.
I say that after seeing the success of the iPhone XR being 2019’s most shipped smartphone. People love cheap iPhones dude. Can’t compete with that. And if leaks and details about the pricing strategy of the iPhone SE 2020 are real, it’s probably going to be a good year for Apple.
I mean, besides the COVID-19 pandemic, of course.