Fourth-gen iPhone SE could finally get an upgraded design, similar to iPhone XR

The third-generation iPhone SE was announced earlier this year in March with 5G connectivity, the A15 Bionic chip, massive improvements to battery life, and an improved camera. The smartphone features the same design as the second-generation iPhone SE, which is based on the 2017 iPhone 8. The lineup seems to be overdue for a redesign and a new report suggests the next budget-friendly iPhone feature the same external design as the iPhone XR.

iPhone SE 3

Apple might overhaul the next iPhone SE, but redesigned externals would still be 4 years old

YouTuber Jon Prosser recently appeared on the “Geared Up” podcast with Andru Edwards & Jon Rettinger where he revealed the iPhone SE 4 will finally come in a new body. If accurate, the smartphone will feature a larger 6.1-inch display instead of the 4.7-inch display the current SE features. In addition to this, this could mark the end of the Home button and bezels on the lineup as the iPhone XR offers Face ID authentication, slimmer bezels, and a notch at the top of the display.

A redesign for the iPhone SE lineup is not a new concept. Back when the second and third-generation SE models were in development, numerous reports claimed that they would adopt the iPhone XR’s design. However, none of those reports ended up coming to fruition.


Back when the iPhone SE 3 came out, multiple reviews that its biggest disadvantage in the mid-range market is its camera, despite the addition of the A15 Bionic chip resulting in sharper images as a ton of smartphones in its range offer dual cameras.

While the iPhone XR features the same design as the iPhone X and iPhone XS, it has a singular rear-end lens. The camera specifications of the iPhone XR and iPhone SE are the exact same, both sporting a rear 12-megapixel sensor with an f/1.8 aperture. However, with the new design, Apple could add better sensors to the device, enabling Night Mode.

As of right now, there aren’t a lot of details about what to expect from the next iPhone SE. However, it seems likely that it will offer improved battery life due to the form factor of the iPhone XR. In addition, it will likely retain the same A15 Bionic processor as the current model since the new A16 Bionic chip is only coming to iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models this year.

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