This is low-priced iPhone SE replacement will reportedly feature a 4.7-inch LCD display, and will in all probability pack in the same components as the new iPhones, which could also include the A13 SoC expected in this year's lineup.
Or the new iPhone SE 2 could just be a play to drum up sales. iPhone sales dropped for the second consecutive fiscal quarter in Q2 2019 - down 17% year over year, according to an Apple earnings call back in April.
"Launching a mid-range handset [such as an iPhone SE 2] would be good for short-term interest, but it won't help the brand in the long term as the image of Apple is premium", IDC Associate Vice President for Devices, Francisco Jeronimo told TechRadar shortly after Apple's Q2 earnings call.
Apple is considering including this in-screen touch sensor in the 2020 iPhone model if testing is successful, the people said.
iPhone SE fans had been hoping for a more exciting upgrade that would see a larger edge-to-edge screen and Face ID packed into the same 4-inch form factor of the previous model.
Apple doesn't have compelling offers for these consumers at present. The lower price tag will help Apple reclaim its lost market share to Huawei in China and other parts of the world. This could also be a sign that this iPhone won't come with Face ID, but with Touch ID, just like iPhone 8 does. And it's not holding back on glitzy features in this range, such as the new 5G Galaxy A90 with an in-screen fingerprint reader, the Galaxy 9 with four rear cameras, and the Galaxy A80 with a rotating camera. That means it'll have the same bulky bezels as the current iPhone 8. All of them will ship with watchOS 6 with watchOS 6.1 expected in October.
"Apple is also working on its first low-priced iPhone since the iPhone SE", Gurman writes.