Apple’s 2020 product roadmap mentions a total of five different iPhones, including a second-generation iPhone SE likely to see daylight in the spring.
We’ve known for a while that the iPhone SE 2 could use the body and feature lineup of the iPhone 8, but according to a new report, this device may land with a totally-surprising name.
Japanese blog Macotakara, which has a good track on Apple scoops, cites a source allegedly familiar with Apple’s plans as saying that the second-generation iPhone SE could be called… iPhone 9.
While the reasoning for Apple calling this new model iPhone 9 is hard to be determined, the naming could only make sense given the resemblance with the iPhone 8.
$399 price tag
As said, the second-generation iPhone SE will use the iPhone 8 as a starting point, so it’ll have a 4.7-inch LCD screen without Face ID and with a home button with integrated Touch ID. This means iPhone SE 2 will be more of a classic iPhone, rather than a modern device like iPhone X or iPhone 11.
Of course, new-generation hardware will be used, like the Apple A13 Bionic chip, but on the other hand, Apple will try to keep the price down by going for a single-lens camera, more limited storage options, and possibly 3GB RAM.
The notch won’t make it to the iPhone SE 2, simply because the device will stick with the traditional iPhone design. This will be the only iPhone still using LCD, as the 2020 lineup will make the full switch to OLED.
Rumor has it that the new model would start at $399, so it could also become the most affordable new-generation iPhone. The launch is projected to happen in the spring, possibly in March or April, while the production is likely to kick off as soon as this month.