New iPhone SE design could be based on this 6-year-old iPhone when it launches

New yet old design.

Highlights
  • A new leak suggests that the next iPhone SE could come with iPhone XR’s design. 
  • The next iPhone SE could release in 2024, as Apple plans a 2-year update cycle for the iPhone SE. 
  • The iPhone XR will turn six in 2024. 

The next iPhone SE could finally ditch the traditional iPhone SE design copied from the five-year-old iPhone 8. In a ‘Geared Up’ podcast, leaker Jon Prosser – who has an excellent record of delivering accurate leaks way ahead of official launch – said: “The SE 4, from what I understand – and I don’t think I’ve said this publicly – is just the ‌iPhone‌ XR.” Concerning the leaker’s history, this leak might turn out to be true, just like others.

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However, you’d not get excited about a refreshed iPhone SE design just yet, as it won’t be released at the September 7th Apple’s ‘Far Out’ event. Apple released the latest iPhone SE 3 two years after its predecessor debuted, i.e., iPhone SE 2 launched in 2020, and its successor didn’t come out till 2022. The Cupertino giant also pledged to stick to a two-year update cycle for the iPhone SE, so the next iPhone SE may launch in 2024, as previously tipped.

iPhone SE 2024
iPhone XR

If that’s the case, by 2024, the iPhone XR will be a six-year-old design. The current iPhone SE 2022, based on the iPhone 8, has a thick top and bottom bezel display and a Touch ID home button. While the iPhone XR’s body will get rid of those, it still won’t look like the current gen iPhones, given that the latest iPhone 14 series is saying goodbye to the notch.

An early prediction from display industry consultant Ross Young suggests the iPhone SE 2024 flaunts a 5.7-inch or 6.1-inch display (an upgrade over the 4.7-inch screen of the current iPhone SE). The latter could be the size of the next iPhone SE’s panel, as the iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch display. Apart from this, we don’t know what this new iPhone SE will offer.

Key Specs

Apple iPhone XR
Apple A12 Bionic | 3 GBProcessor
6.1 inches Display
12 MPRear camera
7 MPSelfie camera
2942 mAh Battery
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Review Summary

Expert Rating4/5

Design
★★★★★
★★★★★
Display
★★★★★
★★★★★
Software
★★★★★
★★★★★
Camera
★★★★★
★★★★★
Performance
★★★★★
★★★★★
Battery
★★★★★
★★★★★

Pros

  • Available in bright colours
  • Flawless performance
  • Impressive cameras
  • Great battery backup

Cons

  • No optical zoom capabilities
  • Doesn’t ship with a fast charger or 3.5mm adapter
  • Heats up with extended use
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