Apple’s hoping to launch the second generation iPhone SE early next year. In doing so, it has once again tasked Taiwan-based contract electronics maker Wistron Corp. with the job of making the budget device, according to Focus Taiwan.
The next iPhone SE will likely receive a speed bump and other internal updates. The current iPhone SE features the A9 chip first used on the 2015 iPhone 6s. The new one would probably include the A10 chip found on the current iPhone 7. Beyond this, little is known about the next iPhone SE, which received a storage update earlier this year.
For the next iPhone SE, Wistron is likely to expand its India-based iPhone manufacturing. In doing so, Apple hopes to expand its share of the Indian smartphone market. Wistron began assembling the current iPhone SE in Bangalore, India in May.
The 4-inch iPhone SE was first launched in March 2016 to replace the iPhone 5s. A report in May suggested the next iPhone SE would include Ion-X Glass found on the Apple Watch Series 2.
In July, a rumor suggested Apple would unveil the next iPhone SE this month, although that seems increasingly unlikely.
Apple’s likely to announce the company’s 2017 iPhone lineup as early as next month. This year’s lineup could include an all-new 5.8-inch device, the so-called “iPhone 8,” plus a 4.7-inch “iPhone 7s,” and 5.5-inch “iPhone 7s Plus.”