While not many details are available about its existence, a new report from China claims that Apple is planning to launch the iPhone SE 2 at this year's WWDC developers conference. The iPhone SE successor is also claimed to include fresh specifications, including an A10 SoC and a 4.2-inch display over the A9-powered original model that was debuted with a 4-inch IPS display. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo already suggested that the next affordable iPhone would not include 3D sensing features as well as wireless charging support, both of which were among the key highlights of the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus, though it is expected to run iOS 12 out-of-the-box.
As per the latest report, which has been published by QQ, the iPhone SE 2 will be unveiled at the developer-centric WWDC conference in June this year. The new iPhone SE model is said to have a 4.2-inch display as well as an A10 SoC, coupled with 2GB of RAM. Further, the online publication claims, citing some supply chain sources, that the iPhone SE 2 will come in two storage variants - 32GB and 128GB - and retain the fingerprint sensor-equipped Touch ID home button.
It would be quite interesting to see how Apple would provide a slightly larger display on the new iPhone SE than its predecessor. The addition of 0.2-inch will certainly not add any usability benefit on the screen of the next-generation iPhone model, though it would give the Cupertino giant the burden of making some design changes. Folks at 9to5Mac point out that even if the company will reduce the bezels on the new iPhone model to use the same-size casing of the original iPhone SE, it will require a lot of reworking that may not be worth the effort.
Therefore, providing a larger display isn't likely to be a wise decision for Apple. It is also not expected to take place, considering the ongoing developments are said to be centred around three new more expensive iPhone models rather than the next iPhone SE version, if we believe some recent reports.
Nevertheless, it is highly expected that Apple will utilise the mass-level developer gathering at this year's WWDC to release iOS 12. The new iPhone SE model might, therefore, be the hardware to show some key features of the new iOS platform.