Popular Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo claims that several Apple products are about to hit the market. According to the reports, the new iPhone SE, new generation Apple Watch and other devices will launch soon. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will release the new iPhone SE in the first half of 2022. This smartphone will come with a 4.7-inch screen as well as 3GB of RAM. In the second half of 2022, a new generation of Apple Watch including the Apple Watch 8, Watch SE, and extreme sports versions will launch. In the fourth quarter of 2022, Apple will launch AirPods Pro 2. This device will come with a new upgraded chip.
In the third quarter that Apple released the new iPhones, the production volume in the quarter was 51.5 million units according to TrendForce. This is an increase of 22.6% in the quarter, ranking second in the world. In terms of product planning, in addition to maintaining the release of four new phones in the second half of the year, Apple will launch the third-generation iPhone SE at the end of the first quarter. Considering the price of this device, it will be a good smartphone for the mid-range market.
Apple iPhone SE will be a top 5G mid-range smartphone
In addition to the launch timeline of this device, analysts believe that the iPhone SE will contribute 25 – 30 million units to Apple. Previously, Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the new iPhone SE will adopt a design similar to the current model. The overall design is based on the iPhone 8, with a 4.7-inch display (providing Touch ID). The key upgrade of the device is the 5G support and a faster processor. There are speculations that this device will come with the A15 Bionic chip. The price may be around 3000 yuan ($473), making it the cheapest 5G phone in Apple’s history. No doubt, this will greatly promote the overall shipment target.
There has been a long-standing chip shortage issue in the manufacturing industry. According to industry insiders, this chip shortage issue will not go away anytime soon. In order to cope with supply chain issues, Apple cut the production capacity of the iPad and the old iPhone. The company is doing all it can to protect the shipments of the iPhone 13 series. However, Apple is still struggling. According to reports, iPhone 13 production from September to October this year is about 20% behind its target. Apple had to lower the total production target of iPhone 13 from 95 million units to 85 million units.