Apple is reportedly bringing back its smaller, cheaper iPhone in early 2020 - but this time it's rumored to look like the iPhone 8

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Apple's iPhone SE.

In early 2020, Apple is expected to launch a new version of its least expensive iPhone ever: The iPhone SE.

The original iPhone SE, which launched in 2016, cost just $400 - the iPhone SE 2 could come in around a similar price point, well below the $700 price of Apple's new iPhone 11.Advertisement

According to TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo via 9to5Mac, the new iPhone SE will arrive in the first quarter of 2020.

Moreover, Kuo, who has a good track record for reporting about upcoming Apple products, says the new iPhone SE will resemble an iPhone 8 but it'll have the same chip powering it as the iPhone 11 - Apple's A13 - and 3GB of RAM.

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The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.


The iPhone 8 features a 4.7-inch LCD screen and uses a fingerprint security system ("Touch ID") instead of Apple's more current "Face ID" system. It stands to reason that a new iPhone SE would keep those specifications.

Apple has yet to officially announce a new iPhone SE model, but this is the second such credible report to suggest one is in the works. In September, the Japanese newspaper Nikkei published a report suggesting Apple was working on the rumored device. Representatives for Apple didn't respond to a request for comment as of publishing.Advertisement

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