Apple has cancelled its plans to launch the iPhone SE 4 in 2024, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi-Kuo. He says that the Cupertino-based company is informing its suppliers about its plans. Apple earlier had plans to introduce its first in-house 5G chip with the fourth-generation iPhone SE. However, now Apple has apparently cancelled the smartphone’s launch, Kuo said in a post on Medium.
He further said that Apple will instead continue using Qualcomm 5G chips for its 2024 phones, including the iPhone 16 series.
“Due to concerns that the performance of the in-house baseband chip may not be up to par with Qualcomm’s, Apple initially planned to launch its baseband chip in 2024 and let the low-end iPhone SE 4 adopt it first, and decide whether to let the iPhone 16 use its baseband chip depending on the development status of iPhone SE 4,” he wrote.
“However, the cancelation of the iPhone SE 4 has significantly increased the chances of Qualcomm remaining the exclusive supplier of baseband chips for the 2H24 new iPhone 16 series, which is better than the market consensus that Qualcomm will start losing iPhone orders in 2024,” he added.
In December 2022, Kuo had said that Apple may cancel or postpose the iPhone SE 4 launch due to lower-than expected shipment for mid to low end iPhones.
“My latest survey indicates that Apple will likely cancel or postpone the mass production plan for the 2024 iPhone SE 4. I think this is due to the consistently lower-than-expected shipments of mid-to-low-end iPhones (e.g., SE 3, 13 mini, and 14 Plus)”, Kuo had said in a tweet.
Launched in March 2022, the third-gen Apple iPhone SE comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X57 modem for 5G. With a 4.7-inch LCD screen, the smartphone is powered by A15 Bionic chipset.