1671674873 iPhone SE 4 likely to come later or maybe not

iPhone SE 4 likely to come later or maybe not at all

It is possible that Apple will postpone the release of the iPhone SE 4. But there is a chance that the Cupertino-based company may cancel the new smartphone altogether. The phone is supposed to come out sometime in 2024, but so now that is no longer certain. And that has everything to do with (the lack of) popularity of the device.

Not only the iPhone SE 3 is selling poorly. Apple’s other affordable smartphones are also doing significantly less well. We’re talking about the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 14 Plus. Since Apple has a major upgrade planned for the 2024 SE, it may not be worth the investment (anymore).

No iPhone SE 4 after all?

Indeed, Apple reportedly wants the iPhone SE 4 to feature a large screen. But that involves higher costs, and therefore a higher selling price. And so then it remains to be seen whether everything is worth the investment. And then we have the global recession falling on our roof in 2023.

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My latest survey indicates that Apple will likely cancel or postpone the mass production plan for the 2024 iPhone SE 4. I think this is due to the consistently lower-than-expected shipments of mid-to-low-end iPhones (e.g., SE 3, 13 mini, and 14 Plus),

– 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) December 21, 2022

A year of severe weather is planned for 2023. Companies that want to do good business then better focus on products that do sell well. So that means lesser selling things are better scrapped. And that possibly means the end of the iPhone SE 4 for 2024.

A perfect storm

So you actually end up with a perfect storm of developments that could cost an unpopular product its neck. All the while there are people looking forward to smaller and handier smartphones in general. Anyway, if it turns out that it’s not worth the investment for Apple, then that’s decisive.

For now, it looks like Apple wants to focus only on high-end iPhones in 2023 and 2024. This may also mean the end of the new Plus model, which also does not seem to be very popular. Perhaps the SE will return at a later date, when the market calms down and components can be produced more cheaply.