Next iPhone SE rumored to look about the same as the iPhone XR
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Apple's expected — and still distant — fourth generation iPhone SE will effectively be a reworked iPhone XR, the rumor mill suggested on Monday evening — but that's not at all surprising.
Rather than being based on any cited supply chain sources, chronic leaker Jon Prosser's prediction is likely just a reasonable extrapolation of Apple's previous designs for the iPhone SE. History is clear that Apple likes to lightly rework existing hardware to generate the lower-cost iPhone SE model.
The original model in 2016 reworked the hardware from 2013's iPhone 5S. The 2022 model was based on the iPhone 8.
RUMOR: The iPhone SE 4, likely coming next year, will essentially be a rebranded iPhone XR— AppleTrack (@appltrack) August 30, 2022
Expect a 6.1-inch display with Face ID, 12MP rear camera and IP67 water and dust resistance. pic.twitter.com/eC7Di0WD3B
The prediction of a larger screen for a 2023 iPhone SE fits with analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's previous reports.
As first spotted by AppleTrackr, Prosser made the prediction on the Geared Up podcast.
Ahead of the 2022 iPhone SE, it was also rumored that this second generation would not feature a radical redesign — and a 2024 model would. That was later revised to suggest that the redesign could happen in 2023.
The earlier rumors about the iPhone SE also suggested the main feature for a 2023 iPhone SE might be 5G — which arrived with the 2022 iPhone.
This latest prediction also mirrors another one that was made ahead of what became the iPhone SE third generation. Those were that the 2022 iPhone SE would be based on the iPhone XR, and also that it would be Apple's last-ever iPhone with an LCD screen.