Apple, no iPhone SE 2021: it would cost too much

No iPhone SE 2021 next spring for Apple, but more likely a 4G and cheap version of the iPhone 12 coming

Although iPhone SE 2020, Apple's low-cost smartphone, has been well received, we will most likely not see an iPhone SE 2021 next spring. According to rumors, the price would be too high and therefore Apple might decide to simply launch a 4G version of the iPhone 12.

According to rumors, the fact that Apple is preparing to launch the four models of the iPhone 12 series late in the fall implies that the company will not proceed with the launch of a budget version of them next spring. The alternative left for Apple to reach the mid-range market, could be to not launch an iPhone SE 2021, but rather a 4G version of the iPhone 12. This is the possibility left for the company according to analyst Dan Ives of Wedbush Securities.

iPhone SE 2021, why it won't be done

Just because of the delays incurred due to the coronavirus emergency, designing and producing an iPhone SE 2021 would be too expensive. Rather, Apple could adapt the iPhone 12 to a 4G variant, with a lowered selling price given precisely by the choice of connection. In contrast the 2020 iPhone SE, whose features are still top, could be kept on the market for two years. For this reason, it will be more likely to wait for a new version of the iPhone SE not before 2022.

Although the new iPhone 12 supporting 5G connectivity won't arrive until October, by now we already know a lot about their features and launch prices thanks to the various rumors circulating. The base model of the iPhone 12 with a 5.4-inch display will be sold starting at $649, compared to the $999 starting price of the iPhone 12 Pro versions. By cutting down on the research and design costs of the new device, but only creating a variant of Apple's upcoming smartphones, the cost will be low for both the company and end users, likely staying under 500 euros, as with the iPhone SE 2020.