Apple iPhone SE 2 with A10 Fusion chipset, missing 3.5mm headphone jack to launch in May: Report

The iPhone SE 2 will reportedly come with glass back and wireless charging feature.

  • Published: April 21, 2018 1:39 PM IST

Apple is reportedly working on the iPhone SE successor, and it widely expected to launch the smartphone sometime in May. Called iPhone SE 2, the smartphone may follow the footsteps of the iPhone 8-seires to do away with the metal build in favor of glass back, which will also allow the company to add wireless charging feature.

According to a report on Japanese site Macotakara, Apple will once again make a courageous move to do away with the legacy 3.5mm headphone jack. Audio will be routed via the Lightening connector and Bluetooth instead. The report further states that the smartphone will be powered by Apple’s A10 Fusion chipset, the same chipset that powers the latest 9.7-inch iPad (2018) model, and iPhone 7-series smartphones.

While previous rumors and reports hinted that the iPhone SE 2 may come with iPhone X-like edge-to-edge display, the new report states that Apple will stick to iPhone SE like design with thick bezels on top and bottom. Also, the new iPhone SE 2 won’t get the Face ID feature that we have seen on the iPhone X. Instead, Apple may stick to the Touch ID fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication.

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From what it looks like, the iPhone SE 2 will bring minor upgrades compared to the iPhone SE, and will serve as an entry-level iPhone. Previous reports indicated that the iPhone SE 2 will be manufactured in India, and it will be targeted for emerging markets such as India and Asia Pacific.

Now, while reports indicate that the iPhone SE 2 will be launched sometime in May, Apple hasn’t revealed any such plans. If indeed there is any truth in the reports, it may just be a matter of weeks before Apple starts sending out media invites. Alternatively, it could also be a scenario where Apple may hold on till June for the announcement. The annual developer conference WWDC 2018, starts on June 4, and it may be the perfect time for Apple to announce the iPhone SE 2.

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  • Published Date: April 21, 2018 1:39 PM IST