Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known analyst for Apple’s predictions, previously stated that Apple had stopped manufacturing the iPhone SE (4th Gen) entirely. However, in a recent update, Kuo stated that Apple would restart production of the iPhone SE 4 and include a built-in 5G modem. This article will discuss the latest updates regarding the iPhone SE 4 situation.
iPhone SE 4 Rumors:
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is planning to use its own 5G chipset in the iPhone SE 4, but this will limit its 5G capability to sub-6GHz frequencies only, not the faster mmWave 5G. This move has damaged Apple’s relationship with Qualcomm.
In response to this development, Qualcomm’s CEO, Cristiano Amon, said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal at MWC 2023 that they expect Apple to develop its own modem by 2024 but will be available to provide assistance if needed.
Did Apple really cancel iPhone SE 4?
The iPhone SE series is known for being Apple’s most affordable smartphone, with two new versions released since the first one was discontinued in 2016. Apple was expected to release the 4th generation iPhone SE in 2024, but the company has since abandoned the idea.
The lower-than-expected sales of cheaper iPhones, including the iPhone SE 3, iPhone 13 mini, and iPhone 14 Plus, were cited as the primary reason for the cancellation. Additionally, the higher manufacturing costs for the iPhone SE 4 were a factor. The previous iPhone SE models shared the same chassis, which kept their costs relatively low.
However, for the fourth iPhone SE, Apple planned to try something new by using an all-screen panel, resulting in increased production costs. Apple decided to allocate the resources towards preparing for an impending recession in 2023 instead.
Apple is known for incorporating design elements from its SE lineup into earlier phone models, and it is expected that the next iPhone SE will use the design of the iPhone XR. This is a significant change from the iPhone 8 body used in the previous two iterations.
As a result, the iPhone SE 4’s display could be stretched to 6.1 inches without a bottom Touch ID button and may feature the traditional bathtub notch. Apple may opt to use Face ID or side-mounted Touch ID instead.
However, if Apple decides to continue using Touch ID, the notch on the SE 4 is expected to be thinner than the XR’s. Ming-Chi Kuo’s prediction that the iPhone SE 4 will use an OLED screen instead of an LCD, similar to what we saw on the iPhone 14, is noteworthy.
Apple’s own RF modem
Apple has traditionally used Qualcomm’s modem in its iPhones, but the company is aiming to change this by developing its own custom RF (Radio Frequency) modem.
The initial plan was to test the first-generation internal 5G modem in the less expensive iPhone SE before determining if it was suitable for the more expensive iPhones.
Despite the rumored cancellation of the iPhone SE, it was expected that Qualcomm would continue to provide RF components for iPhones until at least 2024, ensuring that they remained the industry leader for high-end RF modems in 2023 and 2024.
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