Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said today in Tweets series. Kuo said he believes Apple will delay or cancel the device due to consistent, lower-than-expected shipments of mid- and lower-tier smartphones like the iPhone SE 3, iPhone 13 mini, and iPhone 14 Plus.


Kuo also said that the full-screen design that Apple has in mind for ‌iPhone SE‌ 4 will require higher costs and higher selling prices, so Apple may need to “reconsider product placement and return on investment” for ‌iPhone SE‌ 4. Reducing unnecessary product development costs will help Apple also has to face the “challenges of the global economic recession in 2023,” according to Kuo.

Many rumors have indicated that Apple is working on a new version of the ‌iPhone SE‌, with the device set to be released in 2024. Apple is developing a device that could resemble the iPhone XR, with a full-screen design that does away with the Touch ID Home button and instead adopts Either Face ID or the Touch ID‌ power button.

Rumors have indicated that the ‌iPhone SE‌ 4 could have a 6.1-inch LCD or OLED screen, along with a notch at the top much like the current ‌iPhone 14‌ models. Apple’s plans for the iPhone SE‌ 4 haven’t been finalized, and earlier this year, Apple analyst Ross Young said Apple hadn’t decided between an OLED or an LCD display for the device.

Apple discontinued the ‌5.4-inch iPhone‌ line after poor sales of the ‌iPhone 12‌ and ‌iPhone 13‌ compact models, and rumors also suggested that the affordable iPhone 14 Plus saw lower-than-expected sales. Because of this, Apple could instead focus on its flagship iPhones in 2023 and 2024, pushing back development on the iPhone SE line or using cheaper components that allow for a lower price point than the planned design changes.

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