The next flagship from Apple (along with possibly two siblings) won’t launch until September, but there may be a new iPhone launching this summer. Multiple unannounced iPhone models have arrived in the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) database, according to Consomac. In the past, similar filings have indicated soon-to-be-official Apple products.
Apple would appear to be preparing the launch of the iPhone SE 2 at WWDC 2018.
Included in the filing are model numbers like A1920, A2097, and A2105. As a whole, there are eleven model numbers listed that don’t belong to any existing units and configurations. Being that none of them are for current products, it’s likely something new is on the way.
Since last year, we’ve seen various reports that Apple is ready to revive the iPhone SE. The successor was originally expected to arrive in early 2018 but that never happened. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo even stated the iPhone SE 2 probably wouldn’t be ready until 2019.
Yet there have been some hints that the iPhone SE 2 will arrive sooner than we think. Last month, an alleged iPhone SE 2 with a notch at the top of its display was spotted on video. Apple is also reportedly working on a glass-based design to implement wireless charging similar to the iPhone X and iPhone 8.
Model numbers popping up on a database is undeniable. Earlier this year, the same database revealed the iPad (2018) way ahead of its debut. The same just occurred for the iPhone, so all signs are pointing to the iPhone SE’s revival.
It wouldn’t be surprising if this new iPhone launched at Apple’s annual developer conference. The company doesn’t normally announce new models at WWDC, but the iPhone SE 2 could boost revenue during what’s been a pretty average year. Plus, the iPhone SE is due for an upgrade anyway. Apple released the compact iPhone in 2016, and ever since it’s been given no attention.
Apple would be wise to make a low-cost iPhone, and it’s a shift for the company that’s been developing over time. Its lineup is slowly adding more affordable models. With the iPhone SE 2, Apple could serve budget-conscious consumers in North America and Europe but also those in emerging markets where price means everything.