Rumor mill: Soon, Apple may use the ‘Plus’ branding from the iPhone 8 era for the next generation iPhone SE, even if it retains the same overall design and screen size as the current iPhone SE. However, there are signs that a larger iPhone SE is still coming in 2024.
Earlier this month, we heard that Apple will continue to use the same iPhone SE design with 3rd generation model reinforced with internals including A15 chipset and support for 5G connectivity. Apple will presumably add the latter feature with the Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 modem, which can provide download speeds up to 7.5 gigabits per second (Gbps) and download speeds up to 3Gbps.
If all goes according to plan, the iPhone SE could go into mass production later this year and be ready to launch in the spring of 2022. Interestingly, displays analyst Ross Young proposes that Apple will call this new model “iPhone SE Plus”, although it will retain its current tiny size with a 4.7-inch display, which is considered small by today’s standards. Thus, the design of the iPhone 8 can live in the iPhone SE line until 2023.
This is because most industry observers speculate that the large-screen iPhone SE has been delayed to prevent sales of other iPhone models from being cannibalized. The screen diagonal ranges from 5.7 to 6.1 inches. Some analysts believe Apple is also preparing for a 2023 iPhone SE with a punch-hole display. When it comes to display technology, it looks like Apple may stick with LCD rather than OLED to keep costs down.
Another rumor recently surfaced on MyDrivers suggests that Apple wants to integrate Touch ID into the side button of the next iPhone SE, but that doesn’t seem to match everything else we’ve heard about Apple’s upcoming device. However, this could be a more plausible scenario for the larger iPhone SE, which could land in 2024, especially if Apple opts for a perforated display.