Jeff Pu, an analyst at Haitong International Securities claims that Apple is said to be exploring the introduction of a new iPhone SE in 2025 that would contain a custom-made 5G modem and would have manufacturing help from TSMC. This information comes from the note.
MacRumors claims to have information that Apple is working on a potential fourth-generation iPhone SE with a 6.1-inch OLED screen and a bespoke 5G modem that is based on TSMC’s 4nm technology. This information comes from a report that was published on their website. In addition, industry expert Ming-Chi Kuo forecasted two months ago that Apple had resumed the development of this product and that the company will begin mass production of it in the first part of the year 2024. Analyst Jeff Pu thinks that the launch date has been moved back to 2025, despite the fact that Qualcomm’s CEO previously said that a release date of 2024 might be a plausible possibility.
The iPhone SE received its most recent software update from Apple in March 2022. It is presently in its third generation and is powered by the A15 Bionic as well as Qualcomm’s bespoke Snapdragon X57 processor for sub-6GHz 5G. It has the same home button-based design as the previous model, along with a 4.7-inch IPS display, Touch ID biometric identification rather than Face ID, and substantial bezels on the top and the buttons. Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the iPhone model that will be released in 2025 will have Face ID and a design that is comparable to the iPhone 14.
In addition, according to MacRumors, Apple purchased the majority of Intel’s smartphone modem section in 2019 in order to manufacture its own iPhone modem and reduce its reliance on Qualcomm. However, only time will tell whether Apple’s modem turns out to be superior to that of Qualcomm’s, or maybe even equals that company’s modem in terms of power efficiency or 5G bandwidth.