New iPhone SE 4 With Better 5G Modem Tipped For 2025
Apple’s iPhone SE is now tipped to get an upgraded custom-designed 5G modem in 2025.
That’s according to analyst Jeff Pu in a comment in a research note for Haitong International Securities seen by MacRumors.
The new modem will reportedly be manufactured by TSMC, a long-time partner of Apple that is also responsible for building the company’s A and M-series chips for the iPhone and Mac respectively.
This latest report backs up a claim by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier in 2023 which suggested that Apple had revisited development of a new iPhone SE that would have a 6.1-inch OLED display and Apple-designed modem rather than one from Qualcomm as is the norm.
The new modem is thought to be built on a 4nm manufacturing process and not support mmWave 5G, meaning it won’t support the fastest connectivity available.
Kuo had already suggested that mass production of the new phone would be underway in the first half of 2024 and Qualcomm’s own CEO had publicly said that there was an expectation that Apple would be capable of shipping its own modems in that year.
The current iPhone SE has been around for a little more than a year but followed the tried and tested iPhone SE design. The new modem is thought to look more like an iPhone 13 or iPhone 14, meaning it could well ship with Face ID built in.