Apple is going to discontinue the iPhone SE, according to reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who bases his predictions on information from the company’s supply chain partners.
In a post on Medium, Kuo said Apple informed its supply chain partners that production and shipment plans for the iPhone SE 4 have been canceled. The disappointing sales of the iPhone SE 3 and other models like the iPhone 13 Mini and the iPhone 14 Plus may be to blame.
Apple planned to use its in-house 5G chip on the iPhone SE 4 to see how it runs in the real world before using it on the iPhone 16. However, there were concerns that its performance was not up to par with Qualcomm’s.
Due to concerns that the performance of the in-house baseband chip may not be up to par with Qualcomm’s, Apple initially planned to launch its baseband chip in 2024 and let the low-end iPhone SE 4 adopt it first, and decide whether to let the iPhone 16 use its baseband chip depending on the development status of iPhone SE 4. However, the cancelation of the iPhone SE 4 has significantly increased the chances of Qualcomm remaining the exclusive supplier of baseband chips for the 2H24 new iPhone 16 series, which is better than the market consensus that Qualcomm will start losing iPhone orders in 2024.
Meanwhile, the iPhone SE 3, which was released in 2022, is available as the low-end iPhone option. In the Philippines, its price starts at Php 30,990 for the 64GB model.