Apple has notified suppliers that it has canceled plans to release the fourth-generation iPhone SE in 2024, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Kuo previously said that the fourth generation iPhone SE will be canceled or delayed, but now he firmly believes that the device has been cancelled.

In a post on Medium today, Kuo said that Apple plans to introduce its first in-house 5G chip in the fourth-generation iPhone SE, but that’s apparently no longer expected since the device has apparently been cancelled. Instead, Kuo said that Apple will likely continue to rely on Qualcomm for its 5G chips in 2024, including the iPhone 16 series.

Kuo said that Apple planned to test the 5G chip in the iPhone SE before it was rolled out to the iPhone 16 models to make sure real-world performance was acceptable:

Because of concerns that the performance of its internal baseband chip might not be on par with Qualcomm’s, Apple initially planned to launch its own baseband chip in 2024 and let the low-end iPhone SE 4 adopt it first, and decide whether to allow it. iPhone 16 uses its own baseband chip depending on the development status of iPhone SE 4. However, the cancellation of iPhone SE 4 greatly increased the chances of Qualcomm remaining the exclusive baseband chip supplier for the new iPhone 16 series 2H24, which is better than the market consensus that Qualcomm You’ll start losing iPhone orders in 2024.

The third generation iPhone SE was launched last March and features the Qualcomm Snapdragon X57 modem for 5G. iPhone 15 models are expected to use the Snapdragon X70 modem, while iPhone 16 models may use the yet-to-be-announced Snapdragon X75.

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