iPhone SE 2021 will not arrive in the first half of next year: Ming-Chi Kuo
The iPhone SE 2021 (not the official name) will not launch in the first half of next year as the industry expected, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has shared. The popular iPhone SE (2020), which offered great performance at a relatively inexpensive price, had fans expecting a 2021 model. However, an alleged report from Kuo claims that there may not be a new iPhone SE in the first mid-2021. The report indicates that there is stiff competition between four Apple vendors for anticipated iPhone 13 cameras that could hamper the production of a new iPhone SE.
According to a report by MyFixGuide citing Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, there will be no iPhone SE in the first half of 2021. iPhone SE (2020) was released in April this year with internal hardware from the iPhone 11 in the body of a iPhone 8, with some differences. It is the cheapest iPhone model available and has become quite popular with the masses since its launch. Fans who were expecting a 2021 version of the iPhone SE in the first half of next year may have to wait longer.
The report states that Kuo believes that the market underestimates the impact of competition faced by Taiwan’s Genius Electronic Optical (GSEO), a company that provides camera hardware to Apple. There appear to be three other players: Largan Precision, Semco (Samsung Electro-Mechanics), and a startup called Sunny Optical. It is believed that due to this competition, Apple’s production plans for the iPhone SE 2021 model will be hampered.
The report further adds that GSEO could lose orders for the ultra-wide-angle lens in the yet to be announced iPhone 13 due to competition. It is estimated that while GSEO fulfilled 50 percent of ultrawide lens orders for the iPhone 12, that number may drop to 30 percent for the iPhone 13.
So far, Apple hasn’t shared any information about the iPhone SE 2021 or the iPhone 13.