Apple is reportedly working on a new iPhone SE that will closely resemble the current iPhone 14.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo took to Twitter to share details on a new iPhone SE that will offer a number of big upgrades over the current model. Interestingly, just last month, Kuo suggested that the SE 4 release has been cancelled.
At the top of the list is an OLED display that will be a big upgrade over the current LCD offering. But Apple is also said to finally be ready to use its own in-house 5G modems, too.
Kuo’s assertion that the new iPhone SE 4 will be very similar to an iPhone 14 means that the Home button will finally be killed off for good. It isn’t clear whether that means that Face ID will come to the iPhone SE, but Kuo’s comments do make it sound like that’s a possibility.
As for when the new iPhone SE 4 will go on sale, Kuo didn’t say. However, Apple normally releases its iPhone SE models in March, suggesting that we might now be waiting until 2024 at the earliest. It’s also been said that Apple will use Qualcomm’s modem in the iPhone 15, suggesting that its own modems aren’t quite ready yet.
[Update] Apple has restarted the iPhone SE 4 and will adopt an in-house 5G baseband chip. The significant decline in Qualcomm's Apple orders in the foreseeable future is a foregone conclusion. https://t.co/0MeZDFnbzg
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) February 27, 2023
The current iPhone SE sells for $429 and has an LCD display, a Home button, and an overall design that is akin to the iPhone 8 series of devices. The move to something more modern will be a huge win for those looking to buy an iPhone on a tighter budget.
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