KEY POINTS

  • Various reports claim Apple is working on a successor to the iPhone SE 2
  • The iPhone SE 2 might be called iPhone 9, if a report is to be believed
  • The iPhone SE successor is expected to make the latest iPhone technology affordable and accessible to all

Apple is expected to launch a successor to the popular iPhone SE later this year. What can fans expect to see from the highly-anticipated handset?

Several reports, led by those coming from noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, reveal that Cupertino tech giant Apple is working on a successor to the beloved iPhone SE, a powerful device in a small chassis the size of the iPhone 5.

The upcoming device, unofficially referred to by Kuo as the iPhone SE 2 but reported by Japanese blog Macotakara to be given the moniker iPhone 9, is expected to make up-to-date technologies found in the latest iPhone models accessible to those who can't afford the flagships' selling prices.

Previous reports revealed that the iPhone SE 2 or iPhone 9, whatever it is called, will come in a chassis similar to the iPhone 8. This means the device will be bigger than its predecessor, but still not as big as other smartphones today. It is expected to feature a 4.7-inch LCD display, which is relatively small compared to the screens of most devices in the current market.

The upcoming handset will be powered by the A13 Bionic chip that powers the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. This chip is backed by 3GB of LPDDR4X memory, which means it will be able to take on many tasks and be capable of competing with other smartphones today.

As for other features, the iPhone SE successor is expected to have a single-lens camera at the back. This is so that Apple can lower production costs and, in effect, selling prices, MacRumors noted. It is expected to come in silver, space gray and red once released during the first half of 2020.

Some reports offer conflicting predictions regarding the upcoming device. Kuo, the analyst, claims that it will feature Touch ID for authentication. Bloomberg, on the other hand, claims that it will have Face ID, similar to the one Apple introduced on the iPhone X. Regardless, it appears that it will feature Haptic Touch instead of 3D Touch.

Apple is expected to sell the iPhone SE successor for $399. It is expected to become a popular upgrade option especially among those who continue to use the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s.

iPhone SE Touch Many Apple fans want a new iPhone SE soon. Pictured: A customer tries an Apple Inc. iPhone SE at the company's Omotesando store on March 31, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. Apple Inc. launched its iPhone SE and iPad Pro 9.7 inch on March 31, 2016 in Japan. Photo: Getty Images/Tomohiro Ohsumi