Analysts: Apple iPhone SE set for a refresh, AMOLED panels for two flagship iPhones and no in-display Touch ID

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The Apple iPhone SE might not carry all the flashy features of the flagship iPhones, but the phone has been making life harder for OEMs such as Huawei and Xiaomi in their home turf.

In July 2017 during the build-up to the release of the iPhone 7 successor, a report surfaced claiming that Apple had no plans to refresh the iPhone SE, which was first released in March 2016, alongside the now iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. The following month, a separate report showed up with much better news for lovers of this compact handset. Back then, it was reported that Apple has plans to refresh the iPhone SE with the Indian market in mind this early 2018, making it two years between the release of the first and second generation models.

Now, as if adding more weight to the previous report, fresh details have emerged regarding the next-gen iPhone SE. Apparently, Taiwanese market research firm TrendForce believes that Apple will release a new compact iPhone SE this year. Given that the phone was not refreshed in 2017, it throws huge doubts to this development, but looking at the demand for the phone, it makes sense that Apple should be planning a refresh.

If this does happen, expect the new iPhone SE to be unveiled this spring. As expected, this phone will be assembled in India courtesy of Wistron, Apple’s supplier factory in India. At the moment, details of the specs remain unknown, but given that the original model borrowed specs from the iPhone 6S, don’t be surprised if the next-gen model packs powerful specs akin to the iPhone 8 – or iPhone 7 at the worst.

Besides the iPhone SE, the report also has some other details regarding the rest of the 2018 Apple iPhone lineup. In line with some of the failings of the iPhone X, some are hopeful that Apple will take advantage of the new in-display fingerprint scanning technology and bring back the Touch ID and Home button to the front panel. However, if this report is to be believed, Cupertino is likely to direct its efforts towards improving the functionality of the Face ID rather than rush in with the new technology.

The flagship iPhones will also get more memory and two models will come with AMOLED panels, just like the iPhone X. In short, the iPhone X is set to get two successors, with the other being a Plus variant. Where the standard model will ship with the same 5.8-inch screen size, the Plus variant will get a bigger 6.5-inch panel. In between them will be a 6.1-inch iPhone, but this one will ship with an LCD panel.


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