Large-screen iPhone SE might be pushed back to 2024

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Replacing iPhone notch with holepunch camera makes no damn sense
We might be waiting until 2024 for an iPhone SE with an edge-to-edge display and hole-punch camera.
Artists concept: Cult of Mac

The first iPhone SE with an edge-to-edge display won’t launch until 2024, according to a new report. And the third-generation model in the budget line, expected in 2022, supposedly will come with an unexpected name.

iPhone SE Plus won’t really be ‘plus’

Apple will debut a handset called the iPhone SE Plus in 2022, according to a post by display expert Ross Young on Twitter. But unlike previous Apple handsets, the “Plus” won’t refer to a larger screen size, as the model will keep the same 4.7-inch screen as the current version, which is based on the iPhone 8. Instead, the “Plus” apparently refers to the addition of faster 5G cellular networking.

Larger iPhone SE in 2024

Multiple sources agree Apple will introduce a new iPhone SE model with 5G in 2022. Last spring, Young thought the model after that one would come with a 6.1-inch screen and a hole-punch camera. He predicted that device would launch in 2023. He now says the device, with a display somewhere between 5.7 inches and 6.1 inches, won’t arrive before 2024.

Young is an analyst focused on the display business and founder of DisplaySearch.

Not everyone agrees

Others have different opinions about future iPhone SE models. A rival report from just a few days ago claims the 2022 iPhone SE (whatever its name) will come with a 6.1-inch display and a design based on the iPhone XR.

No matter the design, if Apple holds to its previous practice, the next iPhone SE will come out in the spring of 2022. Cupertino typically reserves fall launches for flagship iPhone models.

Eventually, the 2022 iPhone SE likely will take the place of the iPhone 13 mini in Apple’s lineup. Poor sales reportedly mean Apple will stop producing 5.4-inch iPhones after this year’s model.