Upcoming iPhone SE may look just like an iPhone 5s


Will the new iPhone SE look more like the iPhone 5s than the iPhone 6?
Will the new iPhone SE look more like the iPhone 5s than the iPhone 6?
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Renderings of a supposed Spigen case for the iPhone SE indicate that the upcoming model will take most, if not all, of its design cues from Apple’s older iPhone 5s.

The iPhone SE reportedly has the same general shape as the iPhone 5s, with round volume buttons, a power button at the top and an ovoid or pill-shaped cutout for the flash, all of which sound nothing like an iPhone 6.

MacRumors obtained the renders, and also confirmed that other case manufacturers are expecting an iPhone 5s-style design.

A new iPhone SE would be the first in the iPhone line to not have a number in the product name, though we’ll have to wait until Apple’s official announcement, supposedly coming March 21, to find out anything substantive.

iPhone cases are big business, and many case makers like Spigen tend to get as much information as possible before they bet their production line on a new Apple smartphone. Leaks and renders like these sometimes give us our best sneak peeks at Apple’s upcoming products. (Earlier today, we reported on a “leaked” case that might confirm rumors of a thinner, headphone-jack-free iPhone 7.)

That said, there’s no guarantee anyone will get the exact specs right, as Apple is famously secretive — even with its closest partners — about what each new model will entail.

The iPhone 5s models was a great design, and plenty of users have avoided upgrading to the much larger iPhone 6 and 6 Plus (and the almost identical-looking iPhone 6s and 6s Plus). The iPhone 5s was announced in September 2013 and was ultimately up for sale by the 20th of that month, along with the colorful, yet ultimately under-appreciated, iPhone 5c.

Whether there will be an iPhone SE, and what exactly it will look like, isn’t quite in the realm of reality just yet. We’ll be here to let you know later this month when Tim Cook and company reveal the new models.

  • I was going to wait for iPhone SE to appear but decided to grab an iPhone 6 with the somewhat larger screen.

  • This is great news for those of us who prefer iPhones that look like iPhones and not some generic Android Phablet, and were holding off on buying a new iPhone in hopes that something smaller would come along.

  • UZ

    Myabe it’s not SE but 5E?

  • cizzlen

    Why cant they make a 4.3 inch sweet spot iphone like the htc one m7… boy do i miss that beauty! happy apple re releasing the beautiful 5s tho!

  • diggie

    Im looking at getting an iPhone since Android manuf aren’t taking small phones seriously. But if the SE looks just like the 5S, then there’s no incentive for me to buy the SE over the cheaper 5S. I don’t game so performance doesnt matter, both 8mp camera, same OS version, both fingerprint scanner, ect.

  • DrMuggg

    Got a whole drawe stuffed with peripherals, cases etc that fits the 5s … so, that would probably be good new for many people….