Phablets may be all the rage nowadays, but some smartphone users still prefer to use a smaller device which is easier to keep in a pocket and operate with one hand. Though many tech developers have made flagship devices bigger than ever, Apple is keeping its 4-inch iPhone SE product line alive as the current device may be smaller than other offerings around, but it is just as powerful as the iPhone 6s. The 2016 version was released back in March, and while some have speculated that the 2017 iPhone SE might make an appearance in March, a new report claims that the upcoming device might be delayed next year.
Apple Insider reports that well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is known for his accuracy predicting Apple plans, is said to have told investors that the Cupertino-based company will delay the next-generation device in order to boost gross margins, as well as to sell more iPhone 7 units. In a note to investors obtained by the website, Kuo said that a new iPhone SE is unlikely to launch in the second fiscal quarter of 2017, which for the company ends in March.
The decision to delay the phone’s release is said to be in part to lower than expected gross margin guidance for the current first fiscal quarter of 2017. Apple reportedly wants consumers to buy more high-end Apple phones in order to boost the company’s profits at a faster rate. Kuo did not mention any plans beyond the second fiscal quarter, which means that the new iPhone SE could be released later in the year.
The current iPhone SE is the Apple’s most inexpensive smartphone to date, as its price starts at $399. The 2016 model is powered by an A9 chip and has a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 1.2-megapixel sensor at the front. The phone is available in four color options: Silver, Space Gray, Gold, and Rose Gold.
No news has been released regarding the upcoming phone’s specs, but it is expected that the device will have an improved front shooter and will likely be available in 32 GB and 64 GB internal memory variants.
Stay tuned for more news about the iPhone SE 2017 edition.