Market 02 May
Apple is reportedly having a new cheaper iPhone under its hub apart from those expensive models which are going to launch on September 10. According to the latest report from Nikkei, Apple may have a 4.7-inch iPhone in the works and it’s apparently going to be cheaper than the iPhone XR that is priced well above $700 tag.
The report speculates that Apple plans to launch a lower-cost iPhone next spring to win its lost position in the emerging markets like China. If launched, this new model will be Apple’s first low-cost smartphone since the launch of iPhone SE in 2016, which came at $399.
The reports on Apple working on the successor of iPhone SE started to come a long time back but later on, they all got faded away. We first heard about it almost two years back when it was speculated that Wistron could be the manufacturer behind it. Earlier this year, it was also reported that the iPhone SE 2 will be announced this year.
But we are already at the end of this year and as the new report concludes, we would see the new cheaper iPhone going official only in the next year. Furthermore, we also saw some CAD renders of the alleged device, courtesy of the tipster @OnLeaks back in May 2018, but nothing could consolidate the same.
Now, moving back to the newest report, it doesn’t cite any sources behind this but does solidify its belief by reporting the reasons like why it is possible.
Well, it’s true, even if we don’t refer to the reasons that the report puts that Apple struggled in the market as the sales of iPhones were pretty much on the decline. It was, in fact, Apple’s first-ever decline in iPhone shipments for last year and eventually, it lost the charm of being the No.2 smartphone maker to Huawei.
The blame for the sluggish sales is put to Washington-Beijing trade war but there’s one more big reason that has prevented Apple to stay on the top. It is observed that the expensive price tags of the last year’s iPhone models made hurdle in the overall sales, despite the fact that iPhone XR was the highest-selling smartphone in the US during Q1 2019. This is the main reason why Apple is planning to bring something cheaper to boost sales.
It’s reported that the iPhone SE successor in the works may feature a compact profile. It’s also reported that the new cheaper iPhone will have an iPhone 8 like design and feature an LCD display, and some modern internals like the Apple A13 processor. The other key details on the same are unknown but we would soon hear more about it if such a device really exists.
Several analysts and market watchers also put their beliefs into this possibility and predict that the new cheaper iPhone SE could serve as a sales momentum kicker in the first half next year.
Well, it’s too early to talk about the iPhone SE 2, currently, we are eyeing on the upcoming iPhone models which will launch on September 10. So stay tuned and come back to learn more.