Apple will release a second-generation iPhone SE in 2018, possibly as soon as the first half of the year.
The prediction came as part of a report, obtained by MacRumors, on global smartphone production trends the firm expects to see in 2018, reports Market research group TrendForce.
TrendForce offers no insight into what components this new iPhone SE might use or if it will see any sort of redesign. TrendForce also offers some supposed details on updates to Apple's flagship iPhone lineup, likely coming in fall of this year.
Backing up previous reports, TrendForce expects a second-generation iPhone X, along with a 6.5-inch 'iPhone X Plus,' as well as a 6.1-inch iPhone with a similar design to the iPhone X but with an LCD display instead of OLED.
iPhone X sparked a heated discussion in 2017, but iPhone's production volume increased by only 3% over 2016 due to the technical barriers in improving yield rate of innovative models.
With regard to the supply chain, new iPhones in 2018 will continue to improve Face ID technology, screen to body ratio, etc., moreover, the company plans to increase the memory content and embed AMOLED display in two of its models.
In terms of biometric recognition, iPhone will continue to feature Face ID while other brands will use mainly capacitive fingerprint sensors in the first half of 2018 due to existing technical barriers.