Apple is again rumored to be working on a second-generation iPhone SE model that should release some time in the first half of next year.

Chinese-language Economic Daily News reported Wednesday (Google Translate) that the smartphone will be assembled exclusively at Wistron’s factory in Bangalore, India.

Wistron already assembles existing iPhone SE models in India.

The new iPhone SE 2 will cost about $450 and will be aimed at sales in emerging markets, according to the report, which did not cite sources. Focus Taiwan said in August that a next-generation iPhone SE would be shipping in the first quarter of 2018.

Prior rumors claimed that the tentatively named iPhone SE 2 will run Apple’s A10 Fusion chip like the iPhone 7 series and include 2GB of RAM, a larger 1,700 mAh battery, 32GB and 128GB storage capacities, a 12-megapixel camera out the back and a five-megapixel selfie shooter.

The current iPhone SE, now starting at $349, runs Apple’s A9 chip and includes 2GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel rear camera, Touch ID and other features.

  • Edgar Filipe

    I hope they will put an all-screen display as well, it doesn’t has to be an OLED Display (which is expensive).
    However, 32gb seems a bit low to be honest. Nowadays, not only are apps bigger but they even keep so much cache as well and I don’t feel like to delete my app every week to delete the cache too.

    • Donstil

      Well if you pay peanuts you get monkeys.

      • big Rafa

        you know about monkeys ..

    • Jose Rivera

      I think you mean 16GB. I know a lot of people who are happy with 32GB because they had a 16GB device. If you’re really in the need for space go with a 64GB of higher capacity device. I did. I knew what capacities were great for me from the get go.

      • SpideyRules

        I think he means what he typed…

  • malhal

    When Schiller said SE meant Special Edition I really thought it was going to be a one-off but this is encouraging. I hope the larger battery means the next one will be in the 6/7 form factor.

    • Timothy

      The reason to get the SE instead of one of the other options is that it has the body of the 5s. How would an SE 2 with the body of an iPhone 6/7 be different from an “iPhone 9”?

  • SpideyRules

    I know they won’t because they love to phuck us, but I really wish Apple would let users know what’s in the works. I LOVED my 5s until it got too old and I felt I had to upgrade, then they announced the SE. I was able to work it out and switched over to the SE and LOVED it, until it also got too old and I reluctantly upped to the X…..and NOW I hear they might put out an SE 2….

    Ugh SMH

  • Preben Faarkrog Hansen

    A10 Fusion chip, higher capacity device 64Gb/128Gb, haptic home button/ (force touch if same design), larger battery, … and dream scenario ALL screen front as the X, then apple can take my money 😉

    • SpideyRules

      If this has the all screen front, a la the X, I’ll max out my cards and sell my current X to pick this one up for sure.

  • I hope that it will be IP67. I like the size, but I hate the lack of water resisstance