Apple is planning an upgraded version of the lower-cost iPhone SE, and the new device is expected to include some changes to bring it into line with the flagship iPhone lineup.
Expectations indicate that a new “iPhone SE” will not be used until 2024, but “Mac Rumors” monitored all available information about the developed device in one easy-to-use guide.
iPhone SE is Apple’s smallest device
The current third generation iPhone SE is Apple’s smallest device, modeled after the iPhone 8. At 4.7 inches, it is the only iPhone with thick bezels and a Touch ID home button.
That’s set to change with the next iPhone SE update, with rumors suggesting Apple has a new design planned.
The fourth-generation iPhone SE will feature an all-screen design like Apple’s flagship lineup, with the company eliminating the home button in favor of another authentication method.
iPhone SE 4 similar to 2018 iPhone XR
Liker John Prosser, notorious for his leaks on Apple products, said the iPhone SE 4 could look similar to the 2018 iPhone XR, a device that features rounded edges rather than the square look of recent iPhones. .
All previous versions of the iPhone SE were modeled on 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” iPhone 12 and later, adding the more modern look the company has used in the past few years.
iPhone XR with 6.1 inch screen
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 analyst Ming-Shi Kuo both believe Apple will use a 6.1-inch screen, while display analyst Ross Young believes Apple is studying 5.7-inch and 6.1-inch display options for the upcoming iPhone SE. Apple is yet to finalize its plans for the iPhone SE 4, so both options are still possible.
iPhone SE The latest iPhone with an LCD screen
The iPhone SE is the last remaining iPhone with an LCD screen, and other iPhone models have been equipped with OLED technology since the iPhone 12.
It is not yet clear whether Apple will use LCD or OLED technology for the iPhone SE 4.
Both are possibilities, Young said. Apple is considering 6.1-inch OLED screens from two suppliers, as well as 5.7- to 6.1-inch LCD screens.
iPhone SE is more expensive than other iPhones
The iPhone SE is more expensive than other iPhones and the cost of OLED may lead to Apple opting for an LCD screen instead, but OLED prices may have fallen enough for Apple to switch 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 is not yet clear whether 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 apart.
iPhone SE 4 Could Have Touch ID
Information received from MyDrivers and Apple analyst Ming Shi Kuo indicates that the iPhone SE 4 could have a Touch ID power button, similar to the iPad Air, iPad and iPad mini. iPad mini.
The technology hasn’t been used for the iPhone yet, but the touch ID power button could keep costs low and differentiate the iPhone SE from the flagship iPhones.
The current iPhone SE is equipped with the same A15 chip that was on the iPhone 13 models, so the iPhone SE can get a chip from the previous generation when it is launched.
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 chance the iPhone SE 4 will have an A16 chip.
iPhone SE and 5G network
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 iPhone SE will be launched in 2024, with no line update planned for 2023.