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Rumour | iPhone SE 2: New leak reaffirms the outdated design of Apple's next budget smartphone

No iPhone X design for the SE 2, according to Evan Blass. (Image source: @OnLeaks & @iGeeksblog)
No iPhone X design for the SE 2, according to Evan Blass. (Image source: @OnLeaks & @iGeeksblog)
Were you hoping that the iPhone SE 2 would be a more compact version of the iPhone 11? Well, Apple may be returning to the design of the iPhone 8 after all, according to Evan Blass. The outbreak of the coronavirus may affect mass-production of what might become the iPhone 9 too, according to Bloomberg.

There have been conflicting rumours about the iPhone SE 2 in the last few weeks, Apple's long-rumoured successor to the iPhone SE. While it is generally accepted that the device will feature an A13 Bionic SoC and a single rear-facing camera, there has been speculation about whether it will have a 4.7 or 5.4-inch display. Both have seemingly been reputable sources too, adding to the confusion.

Now, veteran smartphone leaker Evan Blass has weighed in, nixing the idea that the SE 2 will feature a 5.4-inch display. Tweeting to his followers today, Blass asserted that the "New Spring iPhone 2020" will have a home button, a design that Apple ran with until the iPhone X. There have been rumours of Apple launching the SE 2, which could well be marketed as the iPhone 9, in March. With the iPhone 11 series not due a refresh until September, Blass is undoubtedly referring to the SE 2 here.

In short, the iPhone SE 2 will, as we previously thought, resemble the iPhone 8. Apple is still rumoured to start mass-producing its upcoming budget handset next month, although recent events in China could hamper the company's efforts somewhat. According to Bloomberg, the coronavirus may disrupt Apple's supply chain, but the company declined to comment on the matter.

(Image source: @evleaks)
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Alex Alderson, 2020-01-28 (Update: 2020-01-29)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.