Apple may launch two 'iPhone SE 2' models in 2020

According to the Digitimes report, Apple is planning to launch two new smartphones under the iPhone SE 2 moniker in 2020.

Specifically, Apple's top-of-the-line iPhone in 2020 could have a fingerprint reader integrated within the display.

For at least some iPhone SE fans, the thing to love about the device was its smaller size, but when it came right down to it, that wasn't purely what the iPhone SE was all about.

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If this report is true, then we could get two different iPhone 9 models and four versions of the iPhone 12.

This contradicts the previous rumours where 2020 iPhones are expected to come with a smaller display notch. This makes us think that the second LCD device mentioned in the report might be designated for the iPhone SE 2 Plus.

The iPhone SE 2 will of course not transfer the 3D Touch functionality. I have been reporting on the potential of an iPhone SE 2 for months now, but since the phone is likely to have a similar design to that of the iPhone 8, it would certainly make sense for Apple to use the number it skipped. "This new member will be an upgraded version of the widely speculated ‌iPhone‌ SE2 featuring a 5.5- or 6.1-inch LCD display and available at the end of 2020 or in earlier 2021, said the sources". But that particular model might be just one of two planned for this year. Digitimes writes that Chipbond Technology, who builds driver chips for LCD panels, received orders for two LCD devices, and this is considered evidence that Apple plans to launch a duo of iPhone SE 2 models. Interestingly, the design of the screen has a rectangular shape with rounded corners just like the older models, iPhone 8 for example. There are some bold moves if the patented design is indeed for the iPhone 12 series or perhaps the iPhone 12 Pro Max. This new model would rely instead on an in-display Touch ID sensor, which Apple will presumably be able to include at a much lower cost than the TrueDepth camera required for Face ID.

  • Delia Davidson