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Don’t expect Apple to release a new iPhone SE anytime soon

Apple’s iPhone SE is an ace affordable phone, but its design is a little retro now, so many are probably after an updated design. Don’t get your hopes up.

The iPhone SE shown three times, layered and in different colours -- white, black and blue. All on a black background.

A new iPhone SE rumor suggests that we won’t get an update next year, breaking the two-year gap between the latest model and its predecessor. So, while Apple may have a new design in the works, it’s unlikely to pop up alongside the iPhone 15 release date.

As reported by MacRumors, Barclays analysts believe that it’s unlikely that Apple releases a new iPhone SE next year. This supposedly comes after having “multiple conversations” with companies within Apple’s supply chain.

The iPhone SE is Apple’s cheapest iPhone, a model which tends to use an old iPhone design with an updated chip – for example, the current-gen iPhone SE has the same design as an iPhone 8, yet the same chip as an iPhone 13.

MacRumors suggests the issues come from Apple’s in-house modem production. The Cupertino company currently uses Qualcomm modems, and TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in April that its in-house modem production won’t start until 2025 at the earliest.

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It’s unclear whether Apple will just move ahead with a new iPhone SE with a Qualcomm modem or not, especially if its in-house modem isn’t ready for two years.

Anyway, to move away from unknown iPhone SE rumors to something more solid, check out our guide to the best iPads and best gaming iPhones to pick up some more Apple hardware. We’ve also got all the best Apple Arcade games for some fun times, or if you have no idea what we’re talking about, let us answer the question ‘what is Apple Arcade?’