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iPhone SE 2 will launch at $399, Apple analyst Kuo predicts

For those who aren't into spending four digits on a new phone.

The iPhone SE2 will reportedly look like the iPhone 8, seen here.

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Last month Apple launched the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. They're great phones but, starting at between $699 and $1,099, one thing they ain't is cheap. However, according to noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF Securities, Apple will soon be releasing a more affordable option in the iPhone SE 2. Kuo previously predicted the SE 2 would come in early 2020, and now expects it to launch for $399.

That would make sense, since the original iPhone SE launched in 2016 for $399 (£359, AU$679). That phone was essentially an iPhone 5S with some updated specs. Kuo sees something similar for the iPhone SE 2, predicting it to look like 2017's iPhone 8 but with improved internal parts. The iPhone 8 currently sells for $449.

Kuo is an Apple analyst with spectacular pedigree. Last year, for instance, he correctly predicted that Apple would release a 6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD display (which would become the iPhone XRafter simultaneously launching two OLED-based iPhones (iPhone XS, XS Max). Outside the $399 starting price, Kuo's latest report, shared by 9to5Mac, says the iPhone SE2 will come with an A13 processor -- the same one that's in the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and Pro Max -- 3GB RAM and come in space gray, red and silver.

This would be Apple's third attempt to produce an entry-level iPhone. In 2013, it released the iPhone 5C, or the iPhone 5 in new plastic casing, as a cheaper alternative to the flagship iPhone 5S. Then there was the aforementioned iPhone SE. With less people willing to splurge four digits on a new phone, and the importance of huge, price-sensitive countries like China and India, more affordable phones are arguably more important now than ever.

The phone is also devised as a more affordable way for iPhone 6 owners to jump onto iOS 13 -- since only the iPhone 6S and up supports Apple's new operating system.

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