Apple's 2018 iPhone Lineup May Include Second-Generation iPhone SE

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is planning to launch a second-generation iPhone SE in 2018 to target the mid-range smartphone market, according to a new report on predicted global smartphone production growth in 2018 shared this morning by Taiwanese market research firm TrendForce.

    The first iPhone SE was introduced in the spring of 2016, and it saw no updates in 2017. For that reason, it's been unclear if Apple plans to continue on with the iPhone SE line, but in addition to the information from TrendForce, a recent rumor from Taiwan's Economic Daily News has suggested a new 4-inch device is in the works.


    A new iPhone SE could come during the first half of 2018, and it is reportedly being assembled by Taiwanese Apple supplier Wistron at its factory in Bangalore, India. We don't know what specs a new iPhone SE might include, but the original has hardware from the iPhone 6s, including an A9 chip, 2GB RAM, and a 12-megapixel rear camera.

    In addition to a new version of the iPhone SE, TrendForce says new flagship iPhones in 2018 will include improved Face ID, more memory, and AMOLED displays for two models, in line with previous 2018 iPhone rumors we've heard pointing towards a second-generation 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X, a larger ~6.5-inch OLED "iPhone X Plus," and a ~6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD display.
    Apple's iPhone lineup will continue to focus on Face ID, according to TrendForce, while other smartphone manufacturers will stick with capacitive fingerprint sensors in the first half of 2018 due to an inability to match Apple's technology. Later in 2018, the first smartphones using under-display fingerprint technology will enter mass production.

    TrendForce believes Apple's iPhone production will expand in 2018, leading to volume growth of 7.5 percent. Samsung won't fare quite as well, though, due to "fierce competition" from rivals that include Apple and Chinese smartphone manufacturers. While Samsung will continue to remain the top smartphone manufacturer worldwide, TrendForce predicts a 3 percent drop in production volume.

    Overall, TrendForce estimates that 1.46 billion smartphones were produced in 2017, with that number set to increase an estimated five percent to 1.53 billion units in 2018.

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  2. RobbyIdol macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2012
    If this has specs relatively on par with the iPhone 8 and a headphone jack, I'll be swapping my 8 out for an SE2 on launch.
  3. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    This would be a great thing. Especially if it has the A11 chip, an improved camera, and adds 3D touch while keeping the headphone jack.
  4. BMcCoy macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010
    Yeah, like many I hope this rumour is true.

    I have stuck with my iPhone SE, as I really dislike the size and curved edge feel of the 6/6s/7/8/X etc..

    So a new one with a few spec improvements would be a day-one purchase for me.
    Fingers crossed....
  5. dominiongamma macrumors 68000

    Oct 19, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
    It will be on par with the 7 at the most, se is always a generation behind
  6. adam9c1 macrumors 68000


    May 2, 2012
  7. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    When the iPhone SE was released in March 2016, it had the exact same internals as the iPhone 6S, which was Apples latest iPhone offered at the time. So it was not Technically behind a generation.
  8. Will.O.Bie macrumors 6502


    Aug 29, 2016
    Choices are always good. There is no better phone than the other, it all comes down to preference, from the 4 inch phone to the phablet X Plus that I'm gonna shell out my mortgage for. This is great news and everybody wins. Some people prefer the smaller footprint with TouchID and headphone jack, that's great for them.
  9. mdorais macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2008
    If the SE 2 keeps Touch ID & the headphone jack then count me in. I’ll trade in “courage” for that!
  10. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    Exactly, giving the newer internals allows apple to not upgrade it as frequently. A10 is already 1.5 years old, if Apple does another 2 year cycle for the SE2 then the processor will be 3.5 years old by that point...
  11. RobbyIdol macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2012
    Headphone jack will be the biggest selling point. I hate having 2 pairs of earbuds all the time, one to plug into my Macbook Air, and one for my iPhone now. I admit, it's a losing battle as I'm sure the 3.5mm jack will be phased out entirely in time. But then Apple needs to update their laptops with the same audio ports their phones use.
  12. vmachiel macrumors 68000

    Feb 15, 2011
  13. SamRyouji macrumors member


    Jun 1, 2016
    Maybe it's gonna be a "mini" version of iPhone 8 sprinkled with dual camera, or it's the iPhone X shape with TFT display and aluminum back.
    Either one, I guess they'll ditch the jack.
  14. Kobayagi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 18, 2012
    Not true. It lacked:

    - the better front facing camera (still used the same as on the 5s)
    - the faster TouchID 2.0
    - 3D touch

    So sadly, it kept a lot of the 5s stuff. In the end, it just got faster with a better rear camera.
  15. colbertnation macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2009
    Why does the 4" iPhone SE (or whatever it will be called) get shafted with older specs? It's a bit unfair if only the "flagship" big screened iPhones get all the newest tech.
  16. thomas040 macrumors member


    Jan 5, 2007
    New York
    That would be amazing.
  17. SSDGUY, Jan 2, 2018
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2018

    SSDGUY macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2009
    Yup. Seems trivial to many, but I use the 1/8" jack regularly with various audio devices including my Westone in-ear monitors. Don't want me no dongle!
  18. ectospheno macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2005
    No 3D touch, first gen fingerprint sensor, horrible front camera. So not exactly a 6s. Still great if you like small and cheap.
  19. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    You misconstrued my post. It wasn't listing hardware specifications, it was was referring to the processor and RAM being exactly the same as the iPhone 6s, hence why I stated internal specifications.
  20. Jimmy James macrumors 601

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    SE with current processor is a great phone, assuming no artificial slow downs.
  21. brianvictor7 macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2013
    United States
    It's a 6 year-old chassis. Time to change it.
  22. MacFather macrumors 6502a


    Mar 16, 2012
  23. ectospheno macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2005
    I can read. Thanks for asking.

    You SE fans are acting like it is a 6s. It isn't as anyone who ever used a 6s can attest.

    Lets say you all get your dream of 8 "internals" in an SE form factor. So what. It will still feel like a childs toy and will have a screen suitable for texting and selfies. But hey, its cheap so...
  24. DaveTheRave macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2003
    Too bad it probably won’t get a bigger screen. I dislike the slippery feel of my 6 but not sure I’d want to downsize the screen to get the SE design.
  25. kazmac macrumors 604


    Mar 24, 2010
    Any place but here or there....
    Same price & battery life + better screen, headphone jack and newer internals... I would jump once it comes time to replace this 7+.

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