According to the Chinese website MyDrivers and leaker Jon Prosser, the next generation of the iPhone SE is anticipated to feature an iPhone XR-inspired design. The Home button would be removed, and the top of the display would gain a “notch” cutout. The change seems inevitable given that Apple’s “SE” models have typically featured designs from more old technology.
The iPhone SE will likely go on sale after the 2023 launch of the iPhone 15 series. It seems likely that the iPhone SE would get the A16 Bionic chip as the current iPhone SE already has the A15 Bionic chip. In addition, the A16 Bionic chip from the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max is projected to be used in the two standard iPhone 15 models.
Although it is not expected that the smartphone will be available until 2024, astute display analyst Ross Young recently revealed Apple is evaluating several choices for the future iPhone SE.
Young claims that Apple is considering employing displays for the fourth-generation iPhone SE with a size range of 5.7 inches to 6.1 inches from two distinct sources. It’s crucial to remember that the apparent inspiration for the incoming iPhone SE, the iPhone XR, featured a 6.1-inch display. An Apple analyst named Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that the company was creating an iPhone SE with an exact display size.
The 5.7- and 6.1-inch display sizes have been the subject of speculation in the past, and this is still the case because Apple hasn’t made a definitive decision.
OLED or LCDs: which is superior?
Young’s most recent report claims that Apple is considering using LCDs between 5.7 and 6.1 inches, the same size as the iPhone SE now in use. The 6.1-inch OLED display found in the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 is another option that the company is considering.
Most of Apple’s iPhone models have received OLED displays since the iPhone 12 in 2020. The first OLED iPhone to be released in 2017 was the iPhone X. OLED displays are more expensive than LCDs, but they have better efficiency, “true” blacks, high contrast, and a wider dynamic range. Given that the iPhone SE will be an entry-level device and won’t be released for more than a year, OLED panel costs may have dropped low enough for Apple to use them in this design.
Touch ID or Face ID?
If Apple shifted to an all-screen design like the iPhone XR, there wouldn’t be room for a capacitive Touch ID Home button on the iPhone SE’s bottom bezel; thus, it would seem that Apple has no choice but to offer a Touch ID Side button, under-display Touch ID technology, or Face ID.
According to some sources, including MyDrivers and Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is getting ready to add a Touch ID Side button to the iPhone SE. No iPhones have Touch ID incorporated into their Top buttons, unlike the most recent iPad, iPad Air, and iPad mini devices. Face ID technology is also not included in the iPhone SE, Apple’s most cheap iPhone model, to save money and ensure backward compatibility with earlier iPhone models. Instead, a capacitive Touch ID Home button is utilized. Therefore, the revised Side button-style Touch ID technology is expected to debut on the iPhone SE as the first iPhone model.
Acoording to Young the iPhone SE’s display will include a notch at the top, which raises the chance that Face ID may replace Touch ID. In 2024, Face ID will have been around for seven years, which could be enough time for the technology to be spoofed into a low-cost device. Given that not even flagship iPhone models presently support it, it seems implausible that Apple will add under-display Touch ID technology to its most affordable iPhone model. It might be clear which kind of authentication Apple will use with the fourth-generation iPhone SE if more information about the smartphone becomes public in the coming months.