Analyst casts doubt on updated iPhone SE appearing in 2018

While rumors about an update to the iPhone SE have been swirling since early 2017, well-connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo doesn’t think we’re going to see a new version of the four-inch device any time soon, MacRumors reports. Apple released the smaller device in 2016 to fill the gap in its line up felt by users who didn’t want the larger size (and price tag) of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but Kuo now says with Apple developing both LED and LCD versions of the larger iPhones for this fall, the company doesn’t have the development resources to focus on another iPhone. “We think the firm will do all it can to avoid repeating the mistake of a shipment delay for the three new models,” Kuo wrote, referencing the delay in launching the iPhone X last year. “As such, we believe Apple is unlikely to have enough spare resources to develop a new iPhone model for launch in 2Q18.”
Apple doubled the storage capacity of the SE in March of 2017 instead of giving the line a refresh and then dropped the price last September ahead of debuting the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X, but hasn’t commented on a possible update to the device. Even if Apple does end up offering an updated SE, Kuo said users shouldn’t expect much more than a faster processor and a lower price, as the lowest tier to receive upgrades like a nearly full-screen design, wireless charging and Face ID sensors will likely be the much larger 6.1” LCD iPhone expected this fall.

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