Three main questions surround the fourth-generation iPhone SE at the moment. However, we already have some clear indications about what to expect from it.
The iPhone SE is expected to adopt an iPhone XR-like design in its next iteration, according to the Chinese website MyDrivers and leaker Jon Prosser. This would entail doing away with the Home button and adding a “notch” cutout to the top of the display. Since Apple’s “SE” products have always incorporated the designs of more dated gadgets, the change appears likely.
The iPhone SE will likely go on sale after the 2023 launch of the iPhone 15 lineup. The iPhone SE might also get the A16 Bionic chip since the current iPhone SE already has the A15 Bionic chip from the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, which is expected to be used in the two standard iPhone 15 models.
The device is anticipated to go on sale in 2024. Still, insightful display analyst Ross Young recently revealed that Apple is considering many options for the upcoming iPhone SE.
Young claims that Apple is considering using displays from two suppliers with a size range of 5.7 inches to 6.1 inches for the fourth-generation iPhone SE. It is important to note that the iPhone XR, the device on which the upcoming iPhone SE is allegedly based, had a 6.1-inch display. Additionally, Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst for Apple, previously stated that Apple was developing an iPhone SE with a precise display size.
The display sizes of 5.7 and 6.1 inches have been mentioned in previous rumors. We still need an explanation from Apple as to why there are still two different panel sizes being mentioned.
Display Technology: LCD or OLED?
Young stated that the 5.7- to 6.1-inch displays that Apple is considering use LCD technology, just like the current iPhone SE. However, the company is also considering simply choosing a 6.1-inch OLED display, similar to those found on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13.
Since the iPhone 12 in 2020, Apple’s major iPhone models have had OLED displays. The iPhone X was the company’s first OLED iPhone when it was introduced in 2017. The cost of OLED display technology is higher than that of LCD. The efficiency, “true” blacks, high contrast, and high dynamic range are all still delivered. OLED panels might have become affordable enough for Apple to use in the iPhone SE, which is positioned as an entry-level device, especially as it has not been launched for over a year.
Touch ID or Face ID?
Since there would no longer be room for a capacitive Touch ID Home button in the iPhone SE’s bottom bezel if Apple switched to an all-screen design like the iPhone XR, it would appear that Apple has no choice but to offer a Touch ID Side button, under-display Touch ID technology, or Face ID.
Several reports, including those from MyDrivers and Ming-Chi Kuo, claim that Apple is preparing to give the iPhone SE a Touch ID Side button. The newest iPad, iPad Air, and iPad mini models all have Touch ID built into their Top buttons, but there are no iPhones yet that do the same. The iPhone SE, Apple’s most affordable iPhone model, lacks Face ID technology to save money and maintain compatibility with older iPhone models. Instead, it uses a capacitive Touch ID Home button. Therefore, it makes sense that the iPhone SE would be the first iPhone model to feature the newer Side button-style Touch ID implementation.
Young claims that a notch will be at the top of the iPhone SE’s display, making it possible to do away with Touch ID and use Face ID instead. Face ID will be seven years old in 2024, which may be enough time for the technology to be tricked into an entry-level device. It seems highly unlikely that Apple will add under-display Touch ID technology to its least expensive iPhone model, given that not even flagship iPhone models do so. Suppose more information about the device becomes available in the upcoming months. In that case, which authentication technology Apple will select for the fourth-generation iPhone SE might be clearer.