Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis and Tom O’Malley say that it is unlikely that we’ll see Apple release a fourth-generation iPhone SE in 2024. The analysts’ remarks come following “multiple conversations” with companies within Apple’s supply chain.
In a research note shared by MacRumors, the analysts said Apple’s decision not to launch a new iPhone SE next year could indicate that the company’s rumored in-house 5G modem technology will not be ready by then, which means Apple will continue to use the existing iPhone modem supplier, Qualcomm, at least for the near future.
The comments from Curtis and O’Malley follow January comments from Apple industry Ming-Chi Kuo, who said 2025 would be the earliest that we would see a new iPhone SE or the mass production of Apple’s 5G modem. Kuo also indicated that next year’s iPhone 16 lineup would continue to use Qualcomm modems.
The current iPhone SE was released in March 2022 and it boasts a 4.7-inch LCD display, Touch ID, 5G, a 12-megapixel rear camera, and the A15 Bionic chip.