Kuo: Apple No Longer Planning to Launch iPhone SE 4 Next Year

Apple has informed suppliers that it has canceled plans to release a fourth-generation iPhone SE in 2024, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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Kuo previously said that the fourth-generation iPhone SE would be canceled or postponed, but he now firmly believes that the device has been canceled.

In a post on Medium today, Kuo said that Apple planned to introduce its first in-house 5G chip in the fourth-generation iPhone SE, but that is obviously no longer expected to happen since the device is apparently canceled. Instead, Kuo said it is likely that Apple will continue to rely on Qualcomm for 5G chips in 2024, including for the iPhone 16 series.

Kuo said Apple planned to test the 5G chip in the iPhone SE before rolling it out to iPhone 16 models to ensure that real-world performance was acceptable:

Due to concerns that the performance of the in-house baseband chip may not be up to par with Qualcomm's, Apple initially planned to launch its baseband chip in 2024 and let the low-end iPhone SE 4 adopt it first, and decide whether to let the iPhone 16 use its baseband chip depending on the development status of iPhone SE 4. However, the cancelation of the iPhone SE 4 has significantly increased the chances of Qualcomm remaining the exclusive supplier of baseband chips for the 2H24 new iPhone 16 series, which is better than the market consensus that Qualcomm will start losing iPhone orders in 2024.

The third-generation iPhone SE was released last March and features Qualcomm's Snapdragon X57 modem for 5G. iPhone 15 models are expected to use the Snapdragon X70 modem, while iPhone 16 models might use the as-yet-unannounced Snapdragon X75.

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Top Rated Comments

turbineseaplane Avatar
20 months ago
Folks claiming we all want “big” or “huge” phones only are dead wrong, sorry to have to tell you.
Score: 40 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sw1tcher Avatar
20 months ago

Anything to reduce the bloat in the iPhone lineup. Just keep an older model in the line at the SE price point.
That older model phone would have to be at least 4 years old to hit the SE price point though. The SE is $429. The 2 year old iPhone 12 is still $599. If the iPhone 11 was still being sold, it might hit a $400 price point, but I doubt it. It would have to be the iPhone Xs.

But at that age that phone would only see another 1, maybe 2, years of OS upgrades. $400 for that old of a phone is no deal. Actually, it's a terrible deal, IMO.

On the other hand, an SE would have a much newer A chip and would be able to receive 5-6 years of OS upgrades.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
I7guy Avatar
20 months ago

Anything to reduce the bloat in the iPhone lineup. Just keep an older model in the line at the SE price point.
What bloat? I guess what some call bloat, other call choices.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PauloSera Avatar
20 months ago

Anything to reduce the bloat in the iPhone lineup. Just keep an older model in the line at the SE price point.
There is no bloat. Not to any single customer of iPhone. Only to people who comment on the internet.

Every $100 increment is an entirely different smartphone market that appeals to tens of millions of people.

People like you who complain about "bloat" don't have the faintest clue what the iPhone market actually looks like.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
akfgpuppet Avatar
20 months ago

RIP iPhone Mini
RIP iPhone SE

I always thought people loved the iPhone SE models due to the cheaper costs.
I’m still hoping that the mini makes a comeback
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
20 months ago
RIP iPhone Mini
RIP iPhone SE

I always thought people loved the iPhone SE models due to the cheaper costs.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)