Refreshed Apple iPhone SE likely to launch in early 2018

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As the iPhone turns 10, Apple is gearing up to launch the special edition iPhone 8 along with iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus sometime next month. Now, reports have emerged stating that Apple could be working on the refreshed version of the iPhone SE with a compact 4-inch display. The smartphone is expected to launch sometime in the first half of next year, and is likely to be released in India first, before shipping to other markets across the globe.

According to a report on Taiwanese news channel Focus Taiwan, Apple is looking forward to increasing its market share in India. Along with increasing its capacity in India, Apple is reportedly hoping to double or triple its sales over the next five years. Taiwan based contractor, Wistron Corp, which assembles the iPhone SE, is looking forward for expansion in India. It is also in talks with Karnataka government for the same.

At the recent earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook mentioned that he is ‘bullish’ and ‘very optimistic’ about India. “We’ve already launched an app accelerator center. That’s on top of working with the channel and looking at expanding our go-to-market in general. And we began to produce the iPhone SE there during the quarter, and we’re really happy with how that’s going. And so we’re bringing all of our energies to bear there,” Cook said. It does drop some hints to the speculation that Apple could be thinking of increasing iPhone SE production in India.

Talking about the rumored specifications, the refreshed iPhone SE could sport a slightly larger 4.2-inch display, and is likely to be powered by Apple’s A10 chipset under the hood. With a 1,700mAh battery, 32GB and 128GB storage options, the refreshed iPhone SE is expected to ship with iOS 11 out-of-the-box.

Apple iPhone SE specifications, features

The iPhone SE features a 4-inch Retina Display, and is powered by a 64-bit Apple A9 SoC with M9 motion co-processor, paired with 2GB of RAM. With 32GB and 128GB internal storage options, the smartphone also features a 12-megapixel iSight camera and a 1.2-megapixel FaceTime camera. On the connectivity front, the smartphone features Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE with VoLTE and GPS. The smartphone runs on iOS 10, and will soon be getting iOS 11 update.

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