Industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes a manufacturing delay or cancellation is “likely”.
Apple was supposed to release the iPhone SE4 in 2023. According to Kuo’s analysis, Apple may scrap the smartphone or delay manufacturing until 2024.
The iPhone SE, an entry-level variant of Apple’s flagship smartphone, debuted in 2016. A much-improved second-generation model with a quicker CPU became available in 2020.
The current-generation iPhone SE3 debuted in March. The model features a 4.7-inch LCD and Apple’s A15 Bionic CPU. According to Kuo, inadequate demand may force Apple to postpone or delay the manufacturing of the next-generation iPhone SE4.
In March, CNBC reported that Apple planned planning to cut production of the current iPhone SE3 by 20 percent. More recently, the tech giant cancelled the iPhone 12 mini, an entry-level device that debuted in 2020.
According to Kuo, another reason manufacturing may be delayed or postponed is the intricacy of the iPhone SE4’s design. Recent reports suggest the handset will have a bigger screen than its predecessors and no ‘Home’ button.
Apple reportedly plans to equip the model with a 5.7- or 6.1-inch OLED display, much larger than the current 4.7-inch LCD screen.
To illuminate pixels, LCD panels need a backlight. In contrast, the pixels of an OLED display create their own light, allowing for better contrast and significantly lower power usage. Apple already employs OLED technology in the majority of its iPhones.
If the iPhone SE4 is released as planned in 2023, it will coincide with Apple’s next-generation iPhone 15 series.