Apple’s next iPhone SE could adopt the iPhone XR’s form factor. A new leak reveals the 2024 iPhone SE will adopt the iPhone XR’s design language.
Apple launched the iPhone XR in 2018 as a cheaper alternative to the iPhone XS and XS Max.
iPhone SE 4 could be based on the iPhone XR
In the latest episode of Geared Up podcast hosted by Andru Edwards and Jon Rettinger, leaker Jon Prosser claims the next-gen iPhone SE will look like an iPhone XR. The current 2022 iPhone SE retains the same design as the 2017 iPhone 8. It sports a 4.7-inch display, which aids one-hand use. This could purportedly change with the 2024 model.
The iPhone XR sports a 6.1-inch LCD panel, making it substantially bigger than the SE. On the positive side, it also has more internal room for a bigger cell. Battery life has never been a strong suit of the iPhone SE, but this hopefully won’t be an issue with the next refresh.
Apart from a bigger display, the iPhone XR also sports Face ID. However, the Cupertino giant may stick to Touch ID on the iPhone SE 4 for cost reasons. Similar to the iPad Air lineup, it could integrate the fingerprint sensor into the side button.
Similar reports of the iPhone SE 3 adopting the iPhone XR’s design popped up a few months before its launch in late 2021.
Next-gen iPhone SE is over a year away from launch
Other details about the next iPhone SE refresh are not known at this point. Apple typically refreshes the lineup every two years, with the last update arriving in March 2022. So, the next refresh could only happen in 2024 at the earliest.
The 2022 iPhone SE starts from $399. It will be interesting to see if Apple can retain the same price tag for the next refresh, even if it is based on the iPhone XR. That could potentially lead to it being a massive success in developing markets.