Apple's 2018 iPhone Lineup May Include Second-Generation iPhone SE

Apple is planning to launch a second-generation iPhone SE in 2018 to target the mid-range smartphone market, according to a new report on predicted global smartphone production growth in 2018 shared this morning by Taiwanese market research firm TrendForce.

The first iPhone SE was introduced in the spring of 2016, and it saw no updates in 2017. For that reason, it's been unclear if Apple plans to continue on with the iPhone SE line, but in addition to the information from TrendForce, a recent rumor from Taiwan's Economic Daily News has suggested a new 4-inch device is in the works.

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A new iPhone SE could come during the first half of 2018, and it is reportedly being assembled by Taiwanese Apple supplier Wistron at its factory in Bangalore, India. We don't know what specs a new iPhone SE might include, but the original has hardware from the iPhone 6s, including an A9 chip, 2GB RAM, and a 12-megapixel rear camera.

In addition to a new version of the iPhone SE, TrendForce says new flagship iPhones in 2018 will include improved Face ID, more memory, and AMOLED displays for two models, in line with previous 2018 iPhone rumors we've heard pointing towards a second-generation 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X, a larger ~6.5-inch OLED "iPhone X Plus," and a ~6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD display.

iPhone X sparked a heated discussion in 2017, but iPhone's production volume increased by only 3% over 2016 due to the technical barriers in improving yield rate of innovative models. With regard to the supply chain, new iPhones in 2018 will continue to improve Face ID technology, screen to body ratio, etc., moreover, the company plans to increase the memory content and embed AMOLED display in two of its models. [...]

In terms of biometric recognition, iPhone will continue to feature Face ID while other brands will use mainly capacitive fingerprint sensors in the first half of 2018 due to existing technical barriers.

Apple's iPhone lineup will continue to focus on Face ID, according to TrendForce, while other smartphone manufacturers will stick with capacitive fingerprint sensors in the first half of 2018 due to an inability to match Apple's technology. Later in 2018, the first smartphones using under-display fingerprint technology will enter mass production.

TrendForce believes Apple's iPhone production will expand in 2018, leading to volume growth of 7.5 percent. Samsung won't fare quite as well, though, due to "fierce competition" from rivals that include Apple and Chinese smartphone manufacturers. While Samsung will continue to remain the top smartphone manufacturer worldwide, TrendForce predicts a 3 percent drop in production volume.

Overall, TrendForce estimates that 1.46 billion smartphones were produced in 2017, with that number set to increase an estimated five percent to 1.53 billion units in 2018.

Related Roundup: iPhone SE 2020
Buyer's Guide: iPhone SE (Neutral)

Top Rated Comments

Relentless Power Avatar
41 months ago
se is always a generation behind
When the iPhone SE was released in March 2016, it had the exact same internals as the iPhone 6S, which was Apples latest iPhone offered at the time. So it was not Technically behind a generation.
Score: 52 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RobbyIdol Avatar
41 months ago
If this has specs relatively on par with the iPhone 8 and a headphone jack, I'll be swapping my 8 out for an SE2 on launch.
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
adam9c1 Avatar
41 months ago
Just please keep the Touch ID...
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mad Mac Maniac Avatar
41 months ago
This would be a great thing. Especially if it has the A11 chip, an improved camera, and adds 3D touch while keeping the headphone jack.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MacFather Avatar
41 months ago
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Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Relentless Power Avatar
41 months ago
You SE fans are acting like it is a 6s. It isn't as anyone who ever used a 6s can attest..
Not sure how your above Post is related to anything. Who said anything about me being an SE fan? I simply indicated the similarities between the SE and 6S. I Think it's fairly obvious Both different form factors, but share similar specifications.

Lets say you all get your dream of 8 "internals" in an SE form factor. So what. It will still feel like a childs toy and will have a screen suitable for texting and selfies. But hey, its cheap so...
You're being overly dismissive of the iPhone SE for your own personal reasons labeling it a 'Child's toy.' . Not everybody wants a larger iPhone and a smaller form factor is what others prefer updated specifications. It seems you can't accept others choice of preferences.
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