The first renderings of Apple’s iPhone SE 4 (fourth generation) have surfaced.
Courtesy of Jon Prosser, who is usually credible.
These renderings depict a smartphone that is similar to the now-discontinued but enormously popular iPhone XR, with the firm moving away from the tiny iPhone and toward a more regular size. According to some reports, Apple’s next iPhone SE will be released in 2024.
The chassis of prior iPhones has frequently been adopted by Apple’s iPhone SE.
The original SE resembled the iPhone 5, however the 2020 and 2022 iPhone SE resembled the iPhone 8.
Apple is apparently transitioning to more contemporary iPhones, removing the home button and introducing the notch.
Although initially contentious, the notched iPhone design has evolved into something that is instantly recognizable as Apple.
Similarly, the all-screen design is more contemporary and useful for media consumption and work.
Though the SE appeared to be the company’s definitive little phone, it was only a matter of time until Apple upscaled the phone.
Though Prosser’s record can be a little spotty, this report lines up with other sources — including Display Supply Chain Consultants analyst Ross Young and Ming-Chi Kuo, who say the next iPhone SE’s display is pegged as a 6.1-inch one.
It’s not clear what the internals would be, though it is likely that Apple will outfit it with the same as the non-pro iPhone 14 based on previous SE releases. So, expect an A15 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel camera, and a moderately sized battery.
In terms of a release date, Apple’s iPhone SE cannot be accused of following a set pattern.
The first SE was released four years before the second, and the third followed only two years later.
Analysts predict that this SE will arrive in 2024, but plans might always alter in the meantime.
What has changed with the iPhone SE 4?
If the report is right, the iPhone SE 4 will lose one of the SE’s most contentious features: the bottom-mounted Touch ID button.
This results in the current model having the same big chin as previous iPhones, and it has long been abandoned in the popular iPhone line: Apple discontinued it in favor of Face ID on the iPhone X in 2017.
I believe the move is long time, because having a large button on the front of the iPhone means less area for a display – and although I’m all for smaller phones, I’d prefer that their screens not be made even smaller.
Even if the iPhone SE does not have the same all-screen design as the previous iPhones, it would be quite welcome.
The leak also includes two other significant specifications: a single-lens back camera and, oddly, the same side-mounted Action Button that was previously touted as a part of the iPhone 15.
If it’s coming to the iPhone SE, it means that the button, which debuted on the Apple Watch Ultra, won’t be limited to the Pro versions.
I like the iPhone SE – my eldest has one – but it’s starting to appear obsolete despite the fact that it was only upgraded last year, and although the inside is entirely current – its A15 CPU is quite quick – the exterior seems practically ancient.
A switch to USB-C, Face ID, and a whole-screen design would bring it up to speed with the rest of the iPhone lineup without sacrificing its pocket-friendly size; as we stated in our iPhone SE (2022) review, “while the small size will be welcome for many, it also means a screen that will be too small for others.”