The affordable iPhone SE is being updated by Apple, and the new model is anticipated to have some significant upgrades to keep up with the premium iPhone lineup. Although there is still plenty of time before the launch, new rumours are being spread every day. So here’s a quick roundup of what we know so far about the Apple iPhone SE 4’s design, specifications, and more.
What do we know about the iPhone SE 4?
The iPhone 8 serves as the inspiration for the third-generation iPhone SE. The 4.7-inch display and its proportions are identical. The latest iPhone SE has the same broad bezels and Touch ID Home button because it is based on an older model. Now, this is set to change with the fourth iteration.
Rumor has it that Apple is planning a fresh look for the iPhone SE 4. The fourth-generation iPhone SE will have an all-display design similar to Apple’s premium models, with the Home button being replaced with another form of verification. As per tipster Jon Prosser, the iPhone SE 4 could look similar to the 2018 iPhone XR.
Just to refresh your knowledge, the iPhone XR did away with the home button and large bezels in favour of a large notch that contains all of the Face ID sensors and a smaller chin. The phone’s rounded edges marked a departure from the flat edges that later reappeared on succeeding iPhone models.
Since each iteration of the iPhone SE has been based on an earlier iPhone, these rumours also seem reasonable. The first-generation iPhone SE, for instance, was based on the iPhone 5s, whereas the second and third-generation models resemble the iPhone 8. Having said that, Apple could change the look further and possibly base the iPhone SE 4 on the iPhone 12 which comes with flat sides, merely to implement a symmetrical design across their entire range of smartphones.
The iPhone SE is the only current iPhone with an LCD screen as all of Apple’s more recent iPhone models have OLED screens. It’s unclear at this time if Apple will build the iPhone SE 4 using LCD or OLED technology. As per industry analysts, Apple is currently exploring both display tech options for the iPhone SE 4 and is also looking for 6.1-inch OLED and LCD panel suppliers. Since the iPhone SE is the company’s low-priced series, sticking to an LCD panel will undoubtedly aid the company in maintaining costs during this escalating inflation.
Regardless of the display technology Apple chooses to use, the iPhone SE 4 will undoubtedly include a recognisable notch. Given the price of the hardware and the need for a notched display, it is unclear at this time whether the iPhone SE will enable Face ID and the TrueDepth camera system. According to the most recent rumours, the iPhone SE 4 will debut in 2024, by which time Apple will have switched over to the Dynamic Island on the majority of its iPhone models.
Performance and Hardware
The iPhone SE could come with an older-generation chip when it debuts since the current model has the same A15 processor as the iPhone 13 variants. The device will be released the same year as the iPhone 16 series and a year after the iPhone 15, because it is anticipated to be unveiled in 2024. The A16 in the iPhone 14 Pro models is anticipated to be used in the basic iPhone 15 models, so there is a significant probability the iPhone SE 4 will include an A16 processor as well. The A16 chip will also support WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, 5G, and other technologies.
The iPhone SE 4 could offer 128GB of base storage and 4GB of RAM as standard across all memory configurations, as opposed to the current SE model’s three storage options of 64, 128, and 256GB. In terms of the battery, if the SE 4 is truly based on the iPhone XR, it may have the same 2,900mAh battery as the XR.
The SE 4 will likely have a single camera on the back, just like the iPhone XR, based on the mockups released by leaker Jon Prosser. We will most likely see a 12MP sensor that Apple has been using on their iPhones for quite a while now. Selfies will be taken using a 7MP sensor, which is also found in the iPhone SE of the current generation.