Famous Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed that the Cupertino-based giant will begin the mass production of the rumoured iPhone SE 2 in January 2020 and will launch it at the end of March. It has been widely reported that the upcoming affordable iPhone will borrow the design from iPhone 8 and internals of the iPhone 11. Apparently, the phone will prove to be a ‘key growth driver’ for Apple in 2020.
According to Kuo, the iPhone SE 2 is likely to be powered by an Apple A13 chipset and will have 3GB LPDDR4X RAM. The phone is touted to sport a 4.7-inch LCD panel and may be priced at $399 (approx Rs 28,000). Further, the phone is expected to come without the 3D Touch tech and use Touch ID fingerprint reader for biometric authentication. It could be offered in 64GB and 128GB storage variants, with Red, Silver, and Space Grey colour options. Apple is predicted to sell 30 – 40 million units of the iPhone SE 2 in 2020.
Additionally, Kuo said that Apple was also preparing to release a new iPad Pro, a new MacBook, and an augmented reality (AR) headset in the first half of 2020. The new MacBook model is expected to come with a scissor-switch keyboard and may hit shelves in the late second quarter or early third quarter of 2020. Kuo notes that Apple may announce the laptop at WWDC this year.
It seems to be logical for Apple to bring back scissor-switch keyboards. The last MacBook Pro to feature scissor switches was released in 2015, and after that, the company moved on to butterfly keyboards. The butterfly mechanism is plagued with a lot of problems. Previously, Kuo predicted that Apple will transition its entire notebook lineup to scissor-switch keyboards in 2020, including all MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models.