Apple is developing an updated version of the lower-cost iPhone SE, and the new device is expected to include some major changes to bring it into line with its flagship iPhone lineup.
A new iPhone SE isn’t expected until 2024, but we’re already hearing rumors, so we’ve put all the info together in one handy guide.
The current third-generation iPhone SE is Apple’s smallest device, modeled after the iPhone 8. Measuring 4.7 inches, it’s the only iPhone to have thicker bezels and a Touch ID home button.
This is set to change with the next iPhone SE update, with rumors suggesting that Apple has a new design planned. The fourth generation iPhone SE will feature an all-screen design like Apple’s Home lineup, with Apple rescinding the Home button in favor of another authentication method.
Leaker Jon Prosser suggested that the iPhone SE 4 could look similar to the 2018 iPhone XR, a device that features rounded edges instead of the squared look of recent iPhones. All previous versions of iPhone SE were modeled after previous iPhones, so the suggestion is reasonable.
The original iPhone SE version was based on the iPhone 5s, while the second and third generation versions are similar to the iPhone 8. However, Apple could instead design the iPhone SE after the iPhone 12 and later, adding to the more modern look the company has been using in the few years. past.
The iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch screen, and several rumors have indicated that Apple is considering a 5.7- to 6.1-inch screen for the device.
Prosser and Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple will use a 6.1-inch screen, while display analyst Ross Young believes Apple is considering 5.7-inch and 6.1-inch display options for the upcoming iPhone SE. Young said that Apple has not yet finalized its plans for the iPhone SE 4, so both options are still possible.
The iPhone SE is the last remaining iPhone to feature an LCD screen, and other iPhones in Apple’s lineup are equipped with OLED technology. Apple has used all the OLED technology for its flagship iPhones since iPhone 12, in fact.
It’s not yet clear if Apple will use LCD or OLED technology for the iPhone SE 4, and Young says both are a possibility. Apple is considering acquiring 6.1-inch OLED displays from two suppliers, as well as 5.7- to 6.1-inch LCD displays. The iPhone SE is more expensive than other iPhones and the cost of OLED may lead to Apple opting for an LCD instead, but OLED prices may have gone down enough for Apple to move to OLED for the next iPhone SE.
With the all-screen design, Apple is expected to adopt a notch for the iPhone SE, the design Apple has used for its flagship iPhones since the 2017 iPhone XR.
The serrated screen will give Apple a place to place the front camera, but it’s not yet clear if the iPhone SE will support Face ID and the TrueDepth camera system given the cost of the device.
By the time the iPhone SE is released, the main iPhone lineup will have moved entirely to Dynamic Island, so the older design will set the iPhone SE away.
Touch ID or Face ID?
Apple is moving away from Face ID and iPhone SE is the last remaining iPhone with Touch ID. Since Face ID has been around since 2017, Apple may choose to use it for the next generation of iPhone SE.
info from MyDrivers And an Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo indicates that the iPhone SE 4 could have a Touch ID power button, similar to the iPad Air, iPad, and iPad mini. This technology hasn’t been used for iPhone yet, but the Touch ID power button could keep costs low and distinguish iPhone SE from flagship iPhones.
The current iPhone SE is equipped with the same A15 chip that was on the iPhone 13 models, so the iPhone SE could get a previous-generation chip at its launch.
Since it’s coming in 2024, it’ll be available the same year as the iPhone 16 lineup and a year later by the iPhone 15. The standard iPhone 15 models are expected to use the A16 in the iPhone 14 Pro models, so there’s a good catch. Chance that iPhone SE 4 will have an A16 chip.
The current iPhone SE is equipped with 5G technology, and the next generation version is likely to get an upgraded 5G chip with support for more bands.
Rumors are that the iPhone SE will be launched in 2024, with no line update planned for 2023.