Kuo: Apple Expected to Sell at Least 20 Million 'iPhone SE 2' Models in 2020

Apple is rumored to be working on an updated lower-cost "iPhone SE 2," which is set to be released in 2020. In a new research note to investors highlighting supplier expectations for the new device that was seen by MacRumors, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has shared some sales predictions.

Kuo believes Apple will ship at least 20 million ‌iPhone SE‌ 2 units in 2020, following the device's launch in the first half of the year. An optimistic situation, says Kuo, is 30 million units.

‌iPhone SE‌ and iPhone 8

According to Kuo, the ‌iPhone SE‌ 2 will use a 10-layer Substrate-like PCB (SLP) for its motherboard, which will benefit some ‌iPhone‌ suppliers like Pending Holdings, Xinxing, and AT&S despite the fact that it's expected to be a less expensive component than the SLP used in the iPhone 11 series.

In prior research notes, Kuo has shared quite a lot of detail on the "‌iPhone SE‌ 2," which, despite the somewhat misleading name, is actually closer in design and specification to an ‌iPhone‌ 8.

The device will feature a 4.7-inch display, a single-lens rear camera, and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. It will ship with the same A13 chip that's in the ‌iPhone 11‌ and 11 Pro, and it will have 3GB RAM.

The only thing that's "‌iPhone SE‌ 2" about the upcoming ‌iPhone‌ is its price, which is expected to be $399. At that price point, it will replace the ‌iPhone‌ 8, which Apple currently sells for $449.

Apple's upcoming low-cost ‌iPhone‌ is expected to be a very popular upgrade option for ‌iPhone‌ users who are still holding on to an older model like an ‌iPhone‌ 6 or 6s and are looking for an affordable upgrade option that offers the same speeds and many of the same features as Apple's flagship devices.

It's also expected to be popular in countries where lower-cost devices sell well, such as India and China.

The new ‌iPhone‌ is expected to come out in the spring of 2020, which would see Apple launching it months ahead of when the new 2020 flagship iPhones come out in September.

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9 months ago


Something something about a small phone. There's an EXTREMELY vocal minority on the internet that never shuts up about wanting a smaller sized phone, so yes there is.

Hi. Small phone person here.
Luckily we don’t talk to you the way you’re talking to us… Try to be less rude please
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9 months ago
All I want is a phone that's the physical dimensions of the iPhone 5/5S/SE with the A13 processor and a edge-to-edge screen.

Basically take the iPhone 11 Pro and shrink it down to the dimensions of the iPhone SE and I'll buy it right now, even at $999.
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9 months ago
I was thinking about buying the iPhone 11, but it's just way too large for me. The 11 Pro is a better size, but a little out of my price range. I'll be interested in checking out the new SE next year if the specs and features match up.
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9 months ago
Can we please stop calling this the SE 2. Even your own article says it has nothing to do with the SE.
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9 months ago


Let me understand this. Apple is re-releasing the iPhone 6s but in a smaller form factor and people actually want this?

I’d say it’s an iPhone 8 in a smaller form factor. There are people that say they want an updated SE with all of the latest stuff like Face ID, but I think the majority of people buying it won’t care too much about the features just as long as it’s SMALL.
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9 months ago


Let me understand this. Apple is re-releasing the iPhone 6s but in a smaller form factor and people actually want this?

Apple believes 20-30 million people a year want this.

And they're right.
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