Apple may be developing an updated version of the low-cost iPhone SE, with the device slated to include some major changes to bring it in line with the flagship iPhone lineup, but information about the iPhone SE 4 is mixed and it is unclear if it will come out at all.
This guide highlights the rumors that we’ve heard about the iPhone SE 4 so far, and this is what can be expected if an iPhone SE 4 is in the works.
The current third-generation iPhone SE is Apple’s smallest device, modeled after the iPhone 8. It measures in at 4.7 inches, and it is the only iPhone that includes thick bezels and a Touch ID Home button.
That’s rumored to be changing with the next iPhone SE update, with rumors indicating that Apple has a new design planned. The fourth-generation iPhone SE will feature an all-display design like Apple’s flagship lineup, with Apple eliminating the Home button in favor of Face ID.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the next iPhone SE will look similar to the iPhone 14, which is also what other rumors have suggested. With Apple transitioning to USB-C for the iPhone 15 lineup, the next iPhone SE is also expected to include a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port.
Leaker Unknownz21 claims that the iPhone SE will adopt a multi-function Action button that will replace the mute switch on the device.
If the iPhone SE is modeled after the iPhone 14 as rumored, then it will include a 6.1-inch display.
The iPhone SE is the last remaining iPhone that has an LCD display, and other iPhones in Apple’s lineup are equipped with OLED. Apple has used all OLED technology for flagship iPhones since the iPhone 12, in fact, and it looks like the next-generation iPhone SE will also use OLED technology.
With an all-display design, Apple is expected to adopt a notch for the iPhone SE, which is the design that Apple has used for flagship iPhones since the 2017 iPhone XR.
A notched display will give Apple a place to put the front-facing camera, but it is not yet clear if the iPhone SE will support Face ID and the TrueDepth camera system given the cost of the hardware.
By the time the iPhone SE comes out, the flagship iPhone lineup will have transitioned entirely to the Dynamic Island, so the older notch design will set the iPhone SE apart.
Apple has been transitioning away from Touch ID and the iPhone SE is the last remaining iPhone with Touch ID. Because Face ID has been around since 2017, Apple could opt to use it for the next-generation iPhone SE.
According to leaker Unknownz21,the iPhone SE will use Face ID instead of Touch ID, with Apple opting to eliminate Touch ID from the iPhone lineup entirely.
The current iPhone SE is equipped with the same A15 chip that was in the iPhone 13 models, so the iPhone SE could get a prior-generation chip when it launches.
The current iPhone SE is equipped with 5G technology, and the next-generation version will likely get an upgraded 5G chip with support for more bands. It could also be the first iPhone with Apple’s in-house modem chip.
Analyst Jeff Pu claims Apple will produce a fourth-generation iPhone SE with an Apple-designed modem chip in 2025, but it remains to be seen if that is correct.
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