APPLE is set to launch a mobile that is cheaper than the iPhone SE, has the power of the iPhone 11 and the size of an iPhone 8.
The device, expected to be called iPhone SE 2, could be sold for as much as £81 ($100) or less in Spring 2020.
A report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the handset would feature the iPhone 11’s 3GB of Ram and A13 Bionic CPU.
It’s also expected to have finger ID, a 4.7-inch screen with LCD display and even Face ID.
Last year’s trio of iPhones cost anywhere from £749/$749 to £1,449/$1,449, sending monthly phone bills soaring.
Apple hosts launch events in spring too. In fact, the iPhone SE came out in March.
Launching a new iPhone could give Apple a chance to woo low-budget customers who can’t afford a £999/$999 mobile.
We previously spoke to expert analyst Dan Ives of Wedbush Securities, who says a big price cut may be incoming.
“We believe $499 would be the starting price,” he told The Sun.
“This phone is heavily focused on capturing demand with more sensitive price points.”
Apple usually offers direct currency translations between the US and UK (rather than conversions), so the likely UK price would be £499.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard such a rumour.
Back in July, Apple was tipped by experts to launch a cheap £499/$499 iPhone.
But Dan delivered some bad news: a UK launch may be unlikely.
“Only emerging markets will be the focus in our opinion, would be a surprise to see this in the US and Europe as it could cannibalise sales of iPhone 11 base model,” Dan explained.
Dan isn’t the only expert who thinks a cheaper iPhone may be on the way.
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How iPhone sizes have changed over the years
- iPhone (2007) – 3.5 inches
- iPhone 3G (2008) – 3.5 inches
- iPhone 3GS (2009) – 3.5 inches
- iPhone 4 (2010) – 3.5 inches
- iPhone 4S (2011) – 3.5 inches
- iPhone 5 (2012) – 4 inches
- iPhone 5S (2013) – 4 inches
- iPhone 5C (2013) – 4 inches
- iPhone 6 (2014) – 4.7 inches
- iPhone 6+ (2014) – 5.5 inches
- iPhone 6S (2015) – 4.7 inches
- iPhone 6S+ (2015) – 5.5 inches
- iPhone SE (2016) – 4 inches
- iPhone 7 (2016) – 4.7 inches
- iPhone 7+ (2016) – 5.5 inches
- iPhone 8 (2017) – 4.7 inches
- iPhone 8+ (2017) – 5.5 inches
- iPhone X (2017) – 5.8 inches
- iPhone XS (2018) – 5.8 inches
- iPhone XR (2018) – 6.1 inches
- iPhone XS Max (2018) – 6.5 inches
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Paolo Pescatore of PP Foresight thinks making a cut-price iPhone could help attract customers as Brits wait for the rumoured 5G iPhone.
“The biggest challenge will be maintaining a premium for what some users will see as incremental upgrades. More so if it is holding back on releasing significant revolutionary new features and design until 2020,” Paolo told us.
“Apple has to strike a fine balance of convincing customers that the new iPhone is the best thing out there. More so without potentially supporting 5G (for now).
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