Analyst: Apple’s next-gen iPhone SE launch is imminent

Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives wrote Monday in a note to clients that Apple could launch its low-cost successor to the iPhone SE in the middle of April. Wedbush based his prediction on supply-chain indications and “various retail websites.”

iPhone SE (2020) is expected to have a similar form factor as the iPhone 8, including a 4.7-inch display with bezels and a Touch ID home button, but with a significantly faster Apple A13 Bionic chip. 3GB of RAM is also expected.

iPhone SE launch. Apple's current entry-level iPhone 8 starts at $449
Apple’s current entry-level iPhone 8 starts at $449

Emily Bary for MaxrketWatch:

The company was expected to debut the phone, which could be called the iPhone 9 or the iPhone SE2, in March, but the launch appears to have been pushed back due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“While launching a mid-cycle budget/entry-level smartphone into the backdrop of a consumer global lockdown and unprecedented pandemic will be head scratcher to some, we note that Apple is viewing this as a low-volume, low-touch release with little fanfare as the phones are already ready to ship,” Ives wrote.

MacDailyNews Take: Last week, 9to5Mac reported that Apple’s new iPhone would simply be called “iPhone SE” along with its release year designation, as in: iPhone SE (2020). We’d expected it to launch as early as last Tuesday, but maybe tomorrow or even a week from tomorrow (Apple likes to release on Tuesdays) will be the charm!


  1. Sales might be better than one would predict. Many may want a lower cost reliable iPhone that can handle new Apps, games, video, etc. while enduring the next few months of lockdown.

  2. A new iPhone with latest processor and Touch ID may be surprisingly popular at this time. This wearing a mask custom could go on for months, even through the usual new iPhone season.

  3. MDN is trying hard to will this new cheap small phone into being. Keep waiting, suckers. Your next Chinese iPhone will trickle out the pipeline when Apple runs out of iPhone 8 stock, and not a millisecond before that.

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