While Apple’s next- gen iPhone prices are expected to go up, the good news is one of these phones’ size is extremely small.
Recent reports say that the company is testing a 5.42- inch iPhone to complement the 6.1- inch iPhone XR and 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max. It is expected that the size may also come out to be just 4.8-inches. The name? iPhone XE.
And while the report for the 5.42-inch model was light on detail, specs this spiritual iPhone SE2 are a lot more specific. Citing a source “closely associated with Foxconn’s manufacturing facility in India”, the reports claims the XE will feature the same bezel-less design as the X and XS with a notch for Face ID, a single 12MP rear camera (the primary shooter from the XS/XR) and an A12 Bionic chip.
Yes, the latter two details suggest Apple would be pushing the XE as a new entry-level device (they will be last-gen at the claimed September 2019 release) but with a mooted $600 starting price, I doubt many will care. The A12 Bionic is faster than any current Android chipset and the primary iPhone XS camera would be a head turner at this midrange price point.
Interestingly, the Foxconn source claims it will not build the iPhone XE because it is focused on manufacturing the next flagship iPhones. Instead, the source states the contract has gone to Wistron’s Indian plant, which could help reduce costs because Wistron is a beneficiary of the Indian government’s “Make in India” initiative.
Needless to say, it is always wise to show caution until any new iPhone is held up in Tim Cook’s hand. And while the contrasting size reports make sense because the launch is still far enough out for Apple to be testing different models (as we have already seen ) it does mean the final decision remains up in the air. I have asked Apple for comment and will update this article if/when it replies.
That said, the fact Apple is looking at making a smaller iPhone of any size is very good news for fans sick of the catcher’s mitt-size devices the industry is producing. Samsung, for example, will release a near-7-inch Galaxy Note 10 this year. All of which makes the nimbleness of a spiritual iPhone SE2 all the more exciting.