Apple plans to launch the smaller and cheaper iPhone very soon, according to a report from Bloomberg, where technology giant suppliers begin assembling the affordable iPhone model, the first of its kind since iPhone SE, in February, allowing the company to detect the device in March.
The new phone assembly will be split between Foxconn, Pegatron, Weston and Wistron.
Reports, rumors and predictions about the low-cost iPhone model began to appear last year, and some came from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a proven track record when it comes to Apple’s expectations.
The analyst stated earlier that the upcoming low-cost model will look like the iPhone 8, and will have a 4.7-inch screen, and it is reported to be powered by Apple’s A13 processor, which also powers the iPhone 11.
The iPhone 8 is still on the market, as it is currently being sold for $ 449, while the company sold the iPhone SE for $ 399 when this device was launched in 2016.
The more expensive iPhones have proven to be very popular with consumers, including the latest iPhones 11, whose starting price was around $ 50 lower than the usual Apple prices.
A separate report stated to Bloomberg that the iPhone manufacturer recently asked TSMC to increase production of the A13 processor in the current quarter, due to the fact that the demand was higher than expected on the iPhone 11, and this may also be because production of the low-cost model will begin soon.
In addition to mentioning the screen size and the processor used in the device, Bloomberg also said that the device will have the Touch ID built into the Home button, which re-uses the well-known Apple technology instead of choosing the built-in fingerprint sensor under the screen like most modern Android competitors.
The device will not include the feature of facial recognition from Apple Face ID, as it is not yet clear whether the device will bear the name iPhone SE 2.
It is noteworthy that the low-cost iPhone can help to strengthen Apple’s presence in the most competitive and fastest growing emerging market, especially India, where the sales of iPhones are still facing difficulties, where affordable Android devices are more common.
Cupertino is looking to increase its share of the global smart phone market before launching iPhone 5G networks supporting phones later this year, and Apple hopes that its phone shipments will return to growth this year, after setting a goal of charging more than 200 million devices. In 2020, the iPhone SE successor is supposed to play an important role in this goal.
Apple plans to launch a smaller and cheaper iPhone in March
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