Apple may be planning big changes for the iPhone SE 4, with the phone reportedly set to have a different design and have a much larger screen than the iPhone SE (2022).
This is according to Ross Young – a leaker with a reasonable track record – who, speaking to MacRumors (opens in new tab), claims that the iPhone SE 4 will have a 6.1-inch screen. That’s 4.7 inches on the current model, so it’s a big size increase.
The overall size of the phone might not be much if it is larger, because the large bezels and physical home button will apparently be replaced by a notch at the top and likely small bezels elsewhere.
However, there are a few things Young is unclear about, such as whether or not this notch will house Face ID. The iPhone SE (2022) uses Touch ID, but removing the home button and adding the notch could mean a switch to Face ID.
On the other hand, Face ID probably costs Apple more to incorporate, so the company might stick with Touch ID – perhaps housing the fingerprint sensor in a button on the side, just like some iPads. If this approach is taken, it is also possible that the iPhone SE 4 will have a smaller notch than other iPhones as it will not need to house as many components.
However, this is just speculation, and we’re not even sure if the next model will have a notch. If that happens, it will be a much-needed visual update to a design that currently looks incredibly dated.
Even a notch will look dated, especially since this phone won’t arrive before 2023 and may not arrive until 2024, according to some leaks.
Still, Apple is clearly happy to keep dated designs on its phones – especially the cheap ones – so we can’t see the company jumping right into a Dynamic Island in the iPhone SE 4, particularly as it wants to secure the phone. looks cheaper than more expensive models to visually differentiate it quickly. So a move to a notch makes sense.
Analysis: don’t count on it
While this design change makes a lot of sense, it’s worth noting that Young had previously made different predictions about the iPhone SE 4.
In the past, Young has suggested that the iPhone SE 4 may have a hole (opens in new tab) camera instead of a notch, and also suggested that 5.7 inches was the most likely screen size (opens in new tab).
That doesn’t necessarily mean Young was wrong before – it’s entirely possible that Apple was exploring these options, but now it’s opted for a 6.1-inch phone with a notch. But whether Young was wrong or Apple’s plans have changed, we can’t rule out the possibility that the same thing could happen again.
Whatever the case, it’s likely to end up being one of the best iPhones for buyers on a budget.