Is Apple readying an iPhone SE 2 for launch in early 2018?

While the iPhone SE was a hit for Apple, offering customers a chance to get their iOS fix on a 4-inch device, most talk of an iPhone SE 2 has, until now, been about the unlikeliness of such a device arriving.

In July this year, we heard from noted industry analyst Pan Juitang, via Weibo, that Apple would not be updating its smaller handset in the near future.

But now it seems that might have been wide of the mark if a new report from FocusTaiwan, based on an original report by Tekz24 is accurate.

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According to the report, Apple is working on an upgraded version of the iPhone SE and is planning to launch the handset by the first quarter of 2018.

Local sources speaking to CNA claimed the iPhone SE 2 will be manufactured by a company called Wistron over in India.

Wistron is said to be growing its production base in India as it gears up for the new iPhone SE handset, which will apparently launch in the country before it arrives in other markets.

The company is already a manufacturer of the current SE model, and will be using its existing plant in Bangalore to produce the SE 2 according to the report.

A recent report from Indian tech site Tekz24 suggested the next-gen SE will come with similar hardware to the iPhone 7 – though as with this latest report, the accuracy remains dubious.

If true, however, the SE should come packing an A10 chip, 2GB RAM, and 32GB or 128GB of internal storage.

What’s more, we can expect a 12-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel selfie shooter, according to the report, alongside a 1700mAh battery – a slight increase from the current SE’s 1640 mAh cell.

Again, at this point nothing is confirmed, so we recommend taking it all with a pinch of salt for the time being.

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