Apple this year introduced a new generation of the iPhone SE, the most affordable phone. While the 2022 iPhone SE retains the same design as the previous generation, which is based on the iPhone 8, it looks like it will be very different with the next model. According to YouTuber Jon Prosserthe next iPhone SE will have the same form factor as the iPhone XR.
Prosser reported on the Lined up podcast with Andru Edwards & Jon Rettinger (via AppleTrackr) that the next-generation iPhone SE, also known as iPhone SE 4, will be “just an iPhone XR.” This means Apple will ditch the old iPhone 8 form factor with huge bezels and Home button in favor of a more modern design with fewer bezels, notch, and Face ID.
While the current iPhone SE has a 4.7-inch LCD screen, the iPhone XR (which is no longer sold by Apple) has a larger 6.1-inch LCD screen. iPhone XR also has some other advantages over the 2022 iPhone SE, such as a significantly larger battery.
Other details about the new iPhone SE remain unclear at this point. In the past, Apple has added its latest chip to the entry-level iPhone SE – the current model uses the same A15 Bionic chip as the iPhone 13. However, with rumors suggesting that some iPhone 14 models may keep the A15 chip, the same are true for the next iPhone SE.
As for the cameras, both the 2022 iPhone SE and iPhone XR have very similar sensors with a single 12-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture and a 7-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture. Of course, Apple could improve the camera sensors for the next iPhone SE, or at least add new software features like Night Mode (which is still not available on the entry-level iPhone).
iPhone SE gets bigger
On the other hand, fans of smaller phones may not be happy that the iPhone SE is getting bigger. When the first iPhone SE was announced in 2016, Apple claimed it was made for people who like small phones. After all, the 2016 iPhone SE was based on the iPhone 5s. Even now, the current iPhone SE is much smaller than other iPhone models except the iPhone mini.
At the same time, the demand for the 2022 iPhone SE was quite low, suggesting that people are no longer interested in buying an iPhone with a design from nearly a decade ago. The smaller screen also results in a smaller battery, which is a constant complaint from iPhone SE owners.
Replacing the current iPhone SE with a new iPhone XR phone that costs around $400 could turn the device into a hit.
We also don’t know when exactly Apple plans to introduce a new iPhone SE. Last time, it took two years between the launch of the second-generation and third-generation iPhone SE. Until then, if you’re considering buying the current iPhone SE, there are some good deals on Amazon.
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