Technology Apple's second-gen SE will resemble iPhone 8: report
Fresh report brings news about Apple’s iPhone 11 release schedule
A new report says Apple will announce three new iPhone 11 models in September, and that's hardly surprising. After all, Apple has been announcing new iPhones in mid-September for years now and we've seen the iPhone 11 models leak plenty of times already. By the end of September, those new iPhones should hit store shelves and ship to your door if you preorder online. However, for two years in a row now, Apple failed to ship at least one of its new devices on time. With the iPhone 11 however, things should get back to normal.
Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple's second-generation iPhone SE -- donning the same 4.7-inch screen as the iPhone 8 -- will launch during the first quarter of 2020.
In a note viewed by CNBC on Thursday, the notable and highly reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reportedly predicted that the iPhone SE2 will launch in early 2020 with an iPhone 8-like form and the same processor found in the iPhone 11 series.
Despite retaining the design -- and 4.7-inch screen -- of a model released in 2017, Ming states that the upcoming SE "will be the best upgrade choice" for iPhone 6 users.
Apple could add in-screen fingerprint reader to 2020 iPhone
According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple has been working on in-screen fingerprint readers. But that feature won’t be ready for the new iPhone that will be announced next week. It could be released in 2020, or maybe 2021 if Apple’s suppliers can’t meet deadlines. If you’ve played with the most recent smartphones from Samsung, Huawei and other Android manufacturers, you know that in-screen fingerprint readers already work quite well. When you unlock your phone, you can see a fingerprint icon on the screen. It then works just like any fingerprint reader — you put your finger on the icon and it unlocks your phone.
Compared to the original SE which had a 4-inch screen and was powered by an A11 processor, the SE2 will use the A13 Bionic Chip, Apple's most recent and most advanced processor, which is currently powering the entire flagship lineup.
As the company's budget option, users will have to accept some hardware compromises considering that it will feature top-of-the-line software; the cameras are expected to be less powerful, and a home button will be present in place of an in-screen fingerprint sensor.
Thanks to its flagship computing power, Ming predicts that the SE2 will be "a key growth driver for Apple in 2020."
The first-gen SE cost owners $399 while the iPhone 8 was priced at $449; therefore, the iPhone SE2 will likely fall similarly between $400 and $450.
According to the analyst, the iPhone SE2 will launch during the first quarter of next year.
Apple may sell iPhone 11 and 11 Pro Smart Battery Cases .
If you recently purchased an iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro, you may want to hold off buying a case for your new smartphone. Apple may have a Smart Battery Case for its iPhone 11 lineup in the works. 9to5Mac found a photo of the unannounced accessory (seen above) by looking through the code of iOS 13.2, which Apple launched yesterday. In past years, a battery case was almost a necessity if you owned an iPhone. This year, however, Apple went out of its way to make the iPhone 11 lineup thicker so that it could add higher capacity batteries to each of the devices. In fact, battery life is so good on the newiPhones, you may not need or want to buy a battery case.
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