‘iPhone SE 3’ renders imagine a gorgeous design upgrade we won’t get


iPhone SE 3 render
It's pretty, but it's unlikely.
Render: Ten Tech Review

New renders of an “iPhone SE 3” show off a gorgeous design upgrade with an edge-to-edge display and no Home button. The device looks a lot like iPhone XR, but with the same dimensions as the current iPhone SE.

These images are said to be based on leaked CAD drawings, but before you get too excited, they’re probably not accurate. At least not for iPhone SE 3.

Renders imagine iPhone SE with iPhone XR’s design

“As you see from leaked image above, the overall design remains pretty similar to its predecessor iPhone SE 2020,” reports Ten Tech Review, which made the renders based on information provided by tipster David Kowalski.

“The dimensions remain exactly the same as on the previous model, 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm (8.2 mm with camera bump) … The screen will measure 131.3 x 60.2 mm … The front is very similar to iPhone XR.”

The report admits that “the notch isn’t still 100% confirmed,” but says it’s “very likely” iPhone SE will get one this year. It does not mention whether the upgrade is expected to bring Face ID, or whether Apple will put Touch ID elsewhere.

iPhone SE 3 render
A lot like iPhone XR, only smaller.
Render: Ten Tech Review

This looks and sounds like a pretty tasty iPhone SE upgrade — and it is one we’ll probably see in the future, with Apple expected to recycle iPhone XR’s design for a new entry-level handset at some point. But not this year.

iPhone SE 3 won’t be this pretty

Other, more reliable sources have repeatedly stated that this year’s iPhone SE refresh will continue to use the same design as last year’s model. It’s expected to get 5G and more powerful internals, but no significant external changes.

Of course, nothing is confirmed until Apple makes the third-generation iPhone SE official. But as things stand, it looks like we’ll be waiting until at least 2024 for a handset that looks like the one in these renders.


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