New iPhone SE Dropped By Apple

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple has notified suppliers that it would not be releasing a fourth-generation iPhone SE in 2024.

Kuo originally predicted that the fourth-generation iPhone SE would be shelved or delayed, but he is now convinced that the product is no longer being produced.

In a post on Medium today, Kuo said that Apple had intended to release its first in-house 5G processor in the next fourth-generation iPhoneSE. However, since the product has reportedly been canceled, this is no longer anticipated to happen. The iPhone 16 series, among other devices, will likely still use Qualcomm 5G processors in 2024, according to Kuo.

Before including the 5G chip in the iPhone 16 variants, Kuo claimed that Apple would test the device’s viability in the iPhone SE.

All iPhone SE Plans Cancelled By Apple

Apple originally intended to release its baseband chip in 2024, let the entry-level iPhoneSE 4 use it first, and then decide whether to allow the iPhone 16 to use it based on the state of the iPhoneSE 4’s development. This decision was made due to concerns that the in-house baseband chip’s performance might not be on par with Qualcomm’s.

Although the market expectation was that Qualcomm would begin to lose iPhone orders in 2024, the cancellation of the iPhoneSE 4 has greatly boosted the likelihood that Qualcomm will continue to be the sole supplier of baseband chips for the new iPhone 16 series in 2H24. The Snapdragon X57 modem for 5G was included in the third-generation iPhoneSE when it was introduced in March of last year. While iPhone 16 devices may employ the as-yet-unannounced Snapdragon X75, iPhone 15 models are anticipated to use the Snapdragon X70 modem.