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Apple’s iPhone SE 2 might not be released in 2018 after all

Apple fans eagerly anticipating the launch of an iPhone SE 2 this year may be left disappointed, as a new report indicates such a device will fail to break cover.

It’s common knowledge that Apple’s iPhone SE is long overdue an update, and many of us in the industry were expecting to see the Cupertino-based tech giant unveil an iPhone SE 2 in 2018 alongside the Apple Watch 4.

However, a new report from Forbes’ Gordon Kelly casts doubt on this assumption, with the contributor claiming that iPhone case maker Olixar has received word that the oft-mooted ‘iPhone X mini’ is more fiction than fact.

Instead, the blogger claims that Apple will refresh its affordable handset offering with a larger, 6.1-inch iPhone 9, rather than giving the iPhone SE a direct upgrade.

The accessory manufacturer is apparently so confident of this that it won’t be prepping any wares for a small form factor iPhone, but rather focus its efforts on larger devices.

However, the Forbes article notes that Olixar has previously trumpeted the existence of the iPhone SE 2, so it seems to be hedging its bets slightly – none of the information can be independently verified, as you’d expect at this stage.

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Apple is widely tipped to be revealing a number of new iPhones this autumn, and while official event invites have yet to be sent out, it’s thought that a September 2018 reveal in line with the firm’s recent launch history is most likely.

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