Apple’s next big smartphone may look a little familiar.
According to DigiTimes, Apple plans to release a new iPhone similar to the iPhone SE. Called the “iPhone SE2,” the new device would include wireless charging, but no 3D sensory technology.
The report, which comes from DigiTimes Research senior analyst Luke Lin, said the new phone would likely be released in May or June.
Like the iPhone SE before it, the new device would be “much less expensive and smaller than the rest of Apple's products,” according to Mashable.
The iPhone SE launched at $349 and targeted customers who wanted smaller phones than the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models when it launched in 2016, Mashable reported.
However, Apple did not relaunch the phone in 2017, showing SE model follows a different launch pattern than the other iPhone devices, which are launched each year with new specs and model numbers.
However, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the iPhone SE2 likely won't happen, according to The Verge.Comment on this story
Rumors abounded last week about new Apple products. A leaked report suggested that Apple will likely cancel production of the iPhone X due to its low sale numbers.
The report said the iPhone X accounted for 20 percent of all U.S. iPhone sales during the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the Deseret News. Those numbers were higher than the iPhone 8 Plus’ sales, but fell behind the iPhone 8, which accounted for 20 percent of all iPhone sales worldwide during the quarter.
Though these are all rumors, Apple officially unveiled its Apple HomePod device, which will be the company’s main competitor for the Google Home and Amazon Echo devices.