Apple: Next-generation 'iPhone SE' could launch on Friday with three color options

A report released Thursday said Apple is a long-awaited successor to its affordable iPhone SE and could launch the phone as early as Friday.

Referring to the advice of a “very reliable”, 9to5Mac reports that Apple is about to release a second generation “iPhone SE” and may make an official announcement Friday or early next week.

Deviating from the typical Apple iPhone naming scheme, the new handset would retain the 3-year “SE” mark, calling on Apple to name the device as the 2020 model. The tech giant applies marketing strategies similar to its different ranges of iPad and Mac products. Earlier rumors suggested that the device would be called “iPhone SE 2” or “iPhone 9”.

According to the tipster, the iPhone SE 2020 will be sold in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB configurations with color options including white, black and PRODUCT (RED). Five cases – black silicone, white silicone, red leather, black leather, and midnight blue leather – are expected to launch with the device, the report said.

Industrialists generally expect Apple to launch the next-generation SE in the second quarter of 2020, a recent rumor suggesting an official announcement on April 15.

While a release date remains elusive, the details on the handset’s hardware were plentiful. Targeting cost-conscious consumers, the new iPhone should combine an external design borrowed from the 2-year-old iPhone 8 with modern guts like an A13 Bionic processor with 3 GB of RAM, a 4.7-inch LCD screen, Touch ID and an enhanced communication stack support.