Apple’s next iPhone SE could finally ditch the iPhone 7 design for something a bit more modern. Ross Young, the CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants DSCC told MacRumors that he expects the iPhone SE 4 to come with a 6.1-inch display with a notch.
The third-gen iPhone SE that Apple released this year kept the iPhone 7 design with its 4.7-inch screen and Home button with TouchID on the front. The new all-screen design with a notch would leverage the iPhone X design that Apple has been iterating on since 2017. The 6.1-screen would also match the size of the screens used on the iPhone XR, the iPhone 11, and all regular iPhone models that followed.
Despite its decent specs, the design of the current iPhone SE looks really outdated in 2022. You could also argue that the smaller notch on the iPhone 14 also looks outdated, but the iPhone SE 4 adopting the notch design would still be better than nothing.
It’s not known yet if the next iPhone SE could add a FaceID sensor in the notch area, or keep a TouchID sensor. With the Home button disappearing, Apple could integrate the fingerprint sensor into the power button on the side, as it did recently on the latest iPad Air and iPad Mini.
The iPhone SE has always been Apple’s cheapest iPhone, and sticking to a TouchID sensor may allow the company to cut some costs and differentiate the SE line from regular iPhone models. However, many iPhone SE users actually prefer the convenience of a fingerprint sensor over face recognition technology. There are several high-end Android phones that now offer both options, though Apple has yet to follow this route.
According to Young, the fourth-gen iPhone SE may not be released until 2024. This would indeed match the two years gap between the second-gen and third-gen models.