A successor to the pocket-friendly iPhone SE could finally be on the way, amid rumours that Apple is working on a smaller, cheaper model of its flagship device for 2020.
The iPhone SE was first released in 2016, and updated again in 2017, with larger storage options.
It shared the same physical design and dimensions as the iPhone 5S, but had upgraded internal hardware, including the newer A9 chip, greater battery capacity, and a 12-megapixel rear camera.
The iPhone SE was discontinued by Apple in 2018, but no successor was announced .
At the time, many industry experts warned that Apple had made a big mistake by removing its smallest and most affordable iPhone from its lineup.
Apple’s latest iPhones come in 5.8-inch, 6.1-inch and 6.5-inch display sizes , and rumours suggest that its 2019 models will follow the same pattern.
However, a new report in DigiTimes suggests that Apple’s 2020 lineup of iPhones will include a 5.42-inch model, as well as a 6.06-inch model and a 6.67-inch model.
That’s a lot bigger than the original iPhone SE, which had a tiny 4-inch screen, but given how much the smartphone industry has evolved since then, it’s entirely plausible.
All three 2020 iPhone models will have OLED displays, according to the report, which cites sources from Taiwan’s handset component supply chain.
However, the 5.42-inch model may come with either Samsung Display’s Y-Octa or LG Display’s TOE touch technology.
Both of these options promise to trim down the display cost, according to the report, potentially resulting in a lower overall price for the 5.42-inch iPhone.
This is exciting news for any Apple fans who feel frustrated by the ever-increasing size of iPhones.
While 5.42 inches may not sound all that small, it’s worth noting that the iPhone SE had Apple’s old industrial design, with a large earpiece section and a Home button with Touch ID under the display.
If Apple applies its new “all-screen” design the the new model, there’s the potential for a larger display in a relatively compact device.
Of course, it’s just a rumour at this stage, so should be taken with a pinch of salt.
But with analysts warning that the demand for high-end smartphones with laptop-like price tags is waning, Apple well may be looking to broaden its options in the future.