Regardless of its outdated design, the 2020 iPhone SE was lauded as an economical different to Apple’s flagship smartphones. However lightning doesn’t strike twice, and all that. The newly-launched 2022 iPhone SE hasn’t acquired quite a lot of hype from clients or critics, and new stories point out that Apple overestimated the cellphone’s enchantment.
In keeping with Digitimes, Apple shipped 25 to 30 million items of the 2020 iPhone SE in its first twelve months. The brand new iPhone SE 5G was anticipated to duplicate or exceed these figures, even though it reuses its predecessor’s design and provides only minor perks, reminiscent of 5G and a barely improved processor.
Shanghai lockdown does not have an effect on the iPhone SE manufacturing. Nevertheless, the brand new iPhone SE demand is decrease than anticipated (the supply standing “in inventory” as one of many proofs), and I reduce my cargo estimation in 2022 to 15-20M (vs. 25-30M beforehand).
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) March 28, 2022
However the 2022 iPhone SE isn’t breaking any data. As famous by 9to5Mac, the system by no means bought out on Apple’s web site, which is uncommon for any iPhone. Moreover, each Ming-Chi Kuo and Nikkei Asia report that Apple will cut back iPhone SE manufacturing by round 20%, possible as a result of low demand.
This data hasn’t been verified by Apple, however it appears plausible. Not solely did the 2022 iPhone SE fail to generate the identical pleasure as its predecessor, however financial analysts are cautious that world occasions (the struggle in Ukraine, gasoline costs, cyberattacks, and so forth) could impact the provision chain and customers’ demand for some merchandise. Apple could also be anticipating such a fallout.
After all, Apple hasn’t confirmed that it’s slowing iPhone SE manufacturing. We additionally don’t know what number of items it anticipated to ship. If gross sales of the 2020 iPhone SE have been slowing, for instance, Apple could contemplate the 2022 iPhone SE a win.