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Apple’s iPhone SE 4 was reportedly put on hold for a while, but according to reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, it is now back in development. In a series of tweets, Kuo said that Apple has restarted the iPhone SE 4 project and that it will be the first iPhone to feature the company’s in-house 5G modem. This is a big deal for Apple as it means the company will no longer be reliant on Qualcomm for that component of the device.
Kuo went on to reveal that the iPhone SE 4 will be a minor modification of the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 and will feature an OLED display, a departure from the LCD display that was originally planned. The biggest change, according to Kuo, will be the use of Apple’s 5G baseband chip, which will replace Qualcomm modems. The device, however, won’t support the ultra-fast mmWave 5G.
The iPhone SE 4 will be equipped with Apple’s 5G baseband chip produced by a 4nm process, similar to 5nm, and will only support Sub-6GHz as the current plan. This means that it won’t have the fastest 5G speeds available, but it should still be significantly faster than 4G.
Kuo also noted that Apple’s switch to its own 5G chips will result in a significant decline in Qualcomm’s Apple orders in the foreseeable future. This is a huge shift for Apple as it means the company will have greater control over the components that go into its devices.
There’s no official word on when the iPhone SE 4 will be released, but it seems unlikely that it will be available until 2024 at the earliest. This is in line with Kuo’s previous report that the device might be delayed until 2024 or even canceled altogether.