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Apple’s budget-friendly iPhone SE 2 is set to hit shelves in late March, analyst claims

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Apple’s budget-friendly iPhone SE 2 is set to hit shelves in late March, analyst claims

  • A major Apple analysts says the firm’s iPhone SE 2 will be released in March
  • Previous reports suggest the phone will cost $399 
  • The budget device will be available in 64 GB and 128 GB and several colors 

Rumors continue to percolate about Apple’s anticipated iPhone SE successor.

According to yet another report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has often correctly foretasted Apple’s yet-to-be-released hardware, the phone will hit the market as soon as March 2020 after going into production in January.

Kuo previously predicted a first quarter of 2020 release for the phone, but this is the first time anyone has projected a specific month.

MacRumors reports that the potential release would coincide with Apple’s past product launch schedule for more affordable devices. The first iPhone SE, which was unveiled in 2016, also went on sale in late March.  

The iPhone XR (pictured above) is among Apple's newest 'budget' offerings, despite retailing at a rather hefty $599. A rumored iPhone SE 2 is anticipated to cost $399

The iPhone XR (pictured above) is among Apple’s newest ‘budget’ offerings, despite retailing at a rather hefty $599. A rumored iPhone SE 2 is anticipated to cost $399

A more specific release date follows several other details released forecast by Kuo, including a price tag that makes the phone a full $300 less than Apple’s newly release premium device, the iPhone 11.

Kuo says the next iteration Apple’s iPhone SE will cost $399 and come in three distinct colors and two storage tiers – a 64 GB version and a 128 GB version.

Colors are expected to include space gray, silver, and product red, according to 9to5Mac.

The iPhone SE 2 will reportedly be similar to the design of the iPhone 8 but will come with Apple’s newest processor, the A13 Bionic – the same chip included in both new iPhone 11’s – despite having 1GB less RAM than Apple’s premium models.

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Kuo says the phones will likely be positioned as a way to entice iPhone owners still using the company’s older models, particularly the iPhone 6 and 6s, who cannot afford the company’s $700 iPhone 11. 

On top of a new budget phone, Kuo has also forecast that Apple will be partnering with ‘third-party brands’ to sell it’s first-ever augmented reality headset. 

Apple has long been rumored to be developing its own pair of AR glasses. The tech giant has filed a patent this year that gives a glimpse into what it may be developing behind closed doors

Apple has long been rumored to be developing its own pair of AR glasses. The tech giant has filed a patent this year that gives a glimpse into what it may be developing behind closed doors

There’s still no word on exactly what form the headset will take or whether it will fall closer to Facebook’s glasses on the spectrum or something bulkier like Microsoft’s Hololens. 

Kuo has also referenced the possibility of a new iPad Pro which could come equipped with 3D sensor similar to a True-Depth feature in iPhones.

This feature allows the device to capture more of the environment around subjects in photos and video and could help future efforts at improving augmented reality experiences on the device. 

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