The new lower-cost iPhone could help Apple compete against Huawei and Samsung
Apple is reportedly preparing to launch its cheapest iPhone in years, in an attempt to regain some of the ground it has lost to Huawei and other rivals.
However, while the top-end iPhone 11 models will have OLED screens, the iPhone SE successor will have an LCD display, allowing Apple to offer it at a lower price.
The original iPhone SE, which launched in 2016, had a starting price of £359.
Final pricing for the new model is not yet settled, Nikkei reports, but analysts have speculated it is likely to be somewhere around the £450-500 mark.
It will probably be targeted primarily at emerging markets including China, where consumers are more price sensitive and Apple has lost ground to rivals such as Samsung, Huawei and Oppo.
However, it could also appeal to customers in the UK who balk at the idea of paying in the region of £1,000 for a new iPhone.
The news comes after Apple reported its first-ever decline in iPhone shipments last year, and Huawei overtook Apple to become the world’s second biggest smartphone maker after Samsung.
The company is expected to unveil its iPhone 11 family at an event in Cupertino next week, on September 10.
The new handsets are expected to feature triple-lens cameras and support two-way wireless charging, meaning they will be able to beam power to other gadgets such as AirPods.