A new report by China’s Economic Daily News has Apple ready to release a new iPhone SE as soon as the first half of 2018.

Perhaps most interesting is the claim that the iPhone SE will be exclusively build by Taiwanese manufacturer Wistron at its factory in Bengaluru, India. The very same factory is where parts of the iPhone SE are currently being assembled.

With a timescale of the first half of 2018, the new report ties in well with a previous report by Focus Taiwan which claimed a launch date of some time within the first quarter of 2018, running January through March. The current iPhone SE was launched in March of 2016, suggesting a March launch of the device’s replacement would make sense, especially given Apple’s preference for keeping the iPhone SE and its flagship iPhones apart as far as launch windows are concerned.

As for what the iPhone SE 2 will be, we currently do not know for sure. However, some sources do claim a few things. It’s important to note that we do not have know how accurate the information is. That being said, it is claimed that the updated iPhone SE will feature Apple’s A10 Fusion chip with 2GB of RAM built in.

Options for 32GB or 128GB storage capacities, a 12-megapixel rear camera and a five-megapixel front camera are also said to be included. A new, larger 1,700mAh battery is also mentioned.

While Apple has not yet refreshed the iPhone SE since its launch almost two years ago, it did double the storage capacity in March and reduce its price to $349 more recently, too. It’s unclear what price point the new iPhone SE would sit at, but we would suggest a similar one in order to offer a device at the lower end of smartphone prices.

(Source: Economic Daily News [Google Translate])

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