Apple might be planning to release two different models of the next-gen iPhone SE, and they could be named iPhone 9 instead of iPhone SE 2. At least that’s what Digitimes reported today in an article, mentioning sources from Taiwan’s handset supply chain: “Apple is likely to launch as many as six iPhone devices in 2020 – four OLED models and two LCD ones, according to sources at Taiwan’s handset supply chain.”
The iPhone SE 2 name was used as a replacement for the next-gen iPhone SE that would be launched this year. However, 9to5mac claims that we’re not going to see the same iPhone SE design or specs. Instead, we will see the entry-level iPhone look more like an iPhone 8 that has some updated specs on the inside, which is why calling it the iPhone 9 is not a weird choice if Apple is indeed going to use that name.
Although Digitimes mentioned supply chain sources, the only one they name is Chipbond Technology which has received orders to make display driver chips for two different LCD devices. With only this proof, it’s a bit too much to conclude we’ll see two entry-level iPhones in 2020. However, there may be some truth to this report.
More details on iPhone SE 2
Ming-Chi Kuo, the Apple analyst, believes that the iPhone 9 (or iPhone SE2?) will look like the iPhone 8 but will have some of the iPhone 11 internals. This means we could get the iPhone 9 with 64 GB or 128 GB storage, in three different colors (silver, space gray, and red), with the latest A13 chip and 3 GB RAM. What users won’t see in the iPhone 9 is the 3D Touch feature, which, although it appeared in the iPhone 8 specs, it’s gone in the 2019 flagship phones.
Other speculations related to the iPhone 9 would be the price – $449 (for the 64 GB variant) for $499 (for the 128 GB variant). Kuo anticipates the iPhone 9 models will be released in Q1 2020, probably in March, since Apple has a habit of holding its annual events during that month.
As a wrap-up, the iPhone 9 (or iPhone SE 2) will come on the market for those that are thinking of replacing their old iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, since they no longer get new operating system versions. With no iOS 13 on the old iPhone 6/ iPhone 6 Plus, users won’t be able to access new services and features.