Rumor: iPhone SE 2 coming in May with Touch ID, no headphone jack, A10 Fusion chip & more

The official successor to iPhone SE could be coming next month.

MacRumors noted that the reliable Japanese blog Mac Otakara spoke (Google Translate) with case makers at the Global Sources Mobile Electronics trade show in Hong Kong this week.

Here are your key takeaways:

  • A10 Fusion: iPhone SE 2 will reportedly use A10 Fusion, the same chip powering the iPhone 7 series and 2017 iPad Pros. Outfitted with two high-performance cores and two energy-efficient cores, it brings 40% greater CPU performance and 50% greater graphics performance versus the A9 chip that powers the current iPhone SE while supporting features like iOS 11’s HEVC video codec and the new HEIF image format.
  • Touch ID: iPhone SE 2 will allegedly retain the fingerprint-based Touch ID biometric system, implying the upgraded handset won’t have iPhone X’s TrueDepth infrared camera for depth sensing, Portrait Lighting, Face ID and Animoji.
  • Four-inch display: According to the case makers, iPhone SE 2 will retain the same physical size as the current iPhone SE, meaning it will use a four-inch LCD display.
  • No headphone jack: Apple said it nixed the 3.5mm headphone jack from iPhone 7 for space-saving reasons, and that’s probably true. I’m wondering what their excuse will be for ostensibly removing this ubiquitous audio port from iPhone SE 2.
  • Wireless charging: Case makers did not say anything about wireless charging, but the report speculated that iPhone SE 2 might feature the same glass sandwich design like the iPhone 8 and iPhone X series to support Qi wireless charging features.
  • Same design: Because it allegedly lacks the TrueDepth camera and an almost fullscreen OLED display panel, iPhone SE 2 is expected to retain the Home button, as well as the top and bottom bezels.

Other rumors suggested 32GB/128GB models, 2GB of RAM, metal frame and more.

A bunch of unreleased iPhone models recently popped up in the Eurasian Economic Commission database, suggesting Apple does in fact may soon launch some new phones.

Are you looking forward to a second-generation iPhone SE? And if so, can you name the top three enhancements for iPhone SE 2 that, in your view, Apple should be focusing on?

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