The iPhone SE: no new model in 2024, the fault of the ‘defective’ homemade 5G modem.
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple has canceled plans to produce a new iPhone SE in 2024. The reasons are complicated.
According to new rumors relaunched by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple would have canceled plans to produce a new iPhone SE in 2024. The entry-level fourth-generation model would have abandoned the Home button, taking up the design of the iPhone X.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the essential iPhone won’t be done. Or at least, not in 2024. The analyst explains that the iPhone SE 2024 was supposed to be Apple’s first smartphone equipped with a proprietary, homemade 5G modem.
Recall that in July 2019 Apple had purchased Intel’s 5G division by paying out 1 billion euros. With the purchase, she had taken home a treasure trove of around 17,000 patents, which she was supposed to use to develop her own proprietary technology and therefore produce the 5G modems for her phones at home.
The fourth generation iPhone SE was supposed to host Apple’s first real 5G modem , in view of the debut also on the models of the main series. Apple has already made prototypes of the modem, a pity that according to Ming-Chi Kuo they would have serious problems which, in fact, would make them unsuitable for a debut less than a year from today.
In light of this, it seems almost certain that Apple will be forced to rely once again on Qualcomm also for the 5G modems of the iPhone 16.