It has been almost three years since the iPhone SE emerged, bringing with it a more affordable option for customers looking to buy into Apple’s flagship smartphone range.
In 2019 it is expected that a follow-up will arrive, with sources quoted by Tech Radar stating that the handset will be known as the iPhone XE.
Certain features are also being talked about already, with insiders claiming that it will come with a 4.8-inch screen and do away with the home button in favour of relying solely on FaceID to unlock it.
Photography capabilities should be solid, with a 12-megapixel primary camera on the rear, keeping things simple and steering clear of the multi-lens set-ups that have become so common in the past couple of years.
Pricing of the iPhone XE will start at under £500, although it may be quite a bit costlier than the earlier SE from the start, which might hamper its chances of appealing to budget-conscious consumers.
All should be revealed in the autumn, when the next generation of Apple phones will be announced, and these early signs suggest that the range could be broader than ever this year.