Apple would not launch the fourth generation of the iPhone SE next year. According to two analysts of the company’s products, this could be because the 5G chip that the company has been developing is not ready. It would not even be launched with the iPhone 16.
“After having ‘multiple conversations’ with companies within Apple’s supply chain this week, Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis and Tom O’Malley believe that Apple is unlikely to launch a fourth-generation iPhone SE in 2024″, reports MacRumors.
The chip that Apple has been developing does not seem to be ready for next year. “Analysts said that Apple’s decision not to launch a new iPhone SE next year could indicate that the company’s rumored internal 5G modem won’t be ready any time soonwhich would benefit Apple’s existing iPhone modem provider, Qualcomm”, he adds.
Despite the fact that the Cupertino company has been trying to use its own chips, there is still no tentative date. “According to reports, Apple has been planning its own modem since at least 2018 and acquired majority of Intel’s smartphone modem business in 2019″, he points out.
This is in line with what was revealed by another well-known analyst, who also claimed that the iPhone 16 would not have a chip made by Apple. “In April, TF International Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo said mass production of Apple’s modem would start in 2025 at the earliest.which suggests that even the iPhone 16 models that will be released at the end of next year will still use Qualcomm modems.”, he concludes.
The latest iPhone SE, the third generation, was released in March 2022 and had a starting price of $429. The fourth generation was rumored to be very similar to the iPhone 14but this information could change due to it being expected to come out this year or next.