This year’s Apple iPhone SE has the same design it had for its last generation, based on the iPhone 8. However, the next iPhone SE will have a plan similar to the iPhone XR.
The iPhone SE 4, as it is being now referred to, will ditch the old form factor of the iPhone 8 with giant bezels and a Home button in favor of a more modern design with reduced bezels, notch, and Face ID.
While the current iPhone SE has a 4.7-inch LCD, the iPhone XR-based iPhone SE4 will have a larger 6.1-inch LCD. It also has advantages over the 2022 iPhone SE, such as a significantly larger battery.
Other details about the new iPhone SE remain unclear at this point. In the past, Apple has added its latest chip to the entry-level iPhone SE – the current model uses the same A15 Bionic chip as the iPhone 13.
However, given that the non-Pro models in the upcoming iPhone 14 will keep using the A15 chipset from iPhone 13, we cannot say for sure what new chipset the iPhone XR-based SE 4 will use.
As for the cameras, the 2022 iPhone SE and the iPhone XR have very similar sensors with a single 12-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture and a 7-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture. Of course, Apple could improve the camera sensors for the next iPhone SE or at least add new software features like Night Mode, which, so far, has been unavailable on entry-level iPhones.
The rationale behind the iPhone SE series is that it is meant for people looking for cheaper and smaller iPhones instead of the regular or Max options. However, demand for the 2022 iPhone SE has been relatively low, so people are no longer interested in buying a phone designed almost a decade ago. Furthermore, this also means that a 4.7-inch is too small and that people prefer something more significant.
Given that Apple has been somewhat sporadic about the launch of the iPhone SE series, it cannot be said with certainty when the next iPhone SE will be launched. Last time, it took two years between the launch of the second-generation and the third-generation iPhone SE.
With declining smartphone sales worldwide and a recession looming over the world, it would be a perfect time for Apple to launch the iPhone SE 4 just a few months after they launched the iPhone 14 series.