iPhone SE 2 could be the next Apple’s smartphone; launch expected this June at WWDC 2018

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In February this year, a report out of China claimed the iPhone SE 2 could be made official at WWDC 2018 in June this year. In case you aren’t aware, WWDC will be held from 4 – 8 June this year. The report contradicted the information shared by reputed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who thinks Apple may not release a new iPhone SE 2 this year. Some other rumors have suggested the iPhone SE 2 could debut alongside other 2018 iPhone models at Apple’s September 2018 Keynote. Model numbers of a few upcoming Apple iPhones have now been spotted on the Russian EEC portal, fueling rumors of an impending iPhone SE 2 launch once more.

iPhone SE 2: Model Numbers Leaked By the EEC

The regulatory filings with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) have revealed a total of 11 model numbers belonging to upcoming iPhone models. These model numbers are A1920, A1921, A1984, A2097, A2098, A2099, A2101, A2103, A2104, and A2106. Apple usually uses a unique model number for the different regional variants, so these model numbers do not suggest the company will be launching 11 new devices this year. However, the new model numbers do hint at the possibility of a new iPhone SE 2 model releasing sometime later this year. The EEC usually adds new products to its database roughly a month before their official announcement, so the latest evidence certainly suggests a WWDC 2018 unveiling could be likely.

iPhone SE 2: Expected Price in India

The iPhone SE 2 is expected to be manufactured in India, which should allow Apple to price it competitively. With the iPhone SE now available online for under Rs.20,000, we can expect the iPhone SE 2 32GB variant to be priced somewhere around the Rs.25,000 mark at launch in India. And since it is going to be a niche device, the iPhone SE 2 will not have to worry about any direct competition. The 128GB variant, on the other hand, will likely be priced above Rs.30,000 in the country.

As we mentioned already, India is said to be the key target market for the second-generation iPhone SE. That means if Apple does introduce the iPhone SE 2 at WWDC 2018, we can expect the device to be launched in India before the end of June.

iPhone SE 2: Rumored Specifications, Features

Latest rumors suggest the iPhone SE 2 will come with a 4.2-inch display, 0.2-inches bigger than the iPhone SE. The iPhone SE 2 is expected to be different from its predecessor in the design department as well. A recent leak had claimed the iPhone SE 2 will have an iPhone X-like front with virtual no bezels and Face ID support, although latest reports out of China claim the device will retain the Touch ID home button on the front. Even if the device doesn’t feature a bezel-less front, you can still expect to see much thinner bezels compared to the iPhone SE. Similar to the latest iPhones, the iPhone SE 2 could come with a glass back, enabling support for wireless charging.

The iPhone SE 2 is rumored to run on an Apple A10 SoC, a decent upgrade over the A9 chipset powering its predecessor. It is likely to be identical to the iPhone SE in the memory department as well with 2GB of RAM and 32GB / 128GB storage options. In the camera department, the iPhone SE 2 is expected to feature a 12MP iSight camera on the back with 4K video recording support and a 5MP camera on the front for selfies and FaceTime calls. In terms of battery life, the iPhone SE 2 is likely to be slightly superior to its predecessor, thanks to the more efficient Apple A10 chipset and a slightly larger 1700mAh capacity battery. The iPhone SE 2 is also rumored to feature wireless charging support like the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus. Since it is expected to be a lot more affordable than the latest iPhones, we don’t think the iPhone SE 2 will offer wired fast charging support. If Ming-Chi Kuo is to be believed, the iPhone SE 2 will not come with wireless charging support either.