Apple enthusiasts have eagerly anticipated the arrival of the “iPhone SE 4”, the successor to the popular “iPhone SE 3” (a.k.a iPhone SE 2022), launched over a year ago.
Rumors suggest that the upcoming release will introduce a fresh design, featuring a full-screen display reminiscent of the iPhone XR — however, it remains uncertain whether the device will incorporate Face ID integrated into the notch or Touch ID embedded in the Power button.
Regarding the next iPhone SE (allegedly set to be a “secret weapon” for stealing budget consumers from Samsung), recent reports indicate a potential delay, with it not hitting the market in the near future and the delay can be attributed to Apple’s development of custom 5G modems.
We will have to wait until 2025
Analysts Blayne Curtis and Tom O’Malley (from Barclays) suggest that Apple is not planning to release the handset in the upcoming year, pushing the potential launch date to 2025 at the earliest. This budget-friendly, aside from the design similar to the iPhone XR, along with improved internals and an upgraded camera system. Although specific details about the design are limited, industry analysts have provided their insights.
The first iPhone to incorporate Apple’s 5G modem
Previous reports indicated that the iPhone SE 4 would be the first iPhone to incorporate Apple’s in-house 5G modem technology and if the info is accurate, this suggests that even the upcoming iPhone 16 models may not include Apple’s custom modems. As a result, Apple will continue relying on its existing suppliers until the transition to proprietary modems takes place. However, if Apple alters its plans, it could potentially offer the new modems in non-SE models of the iPhone.
Renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that Apple’s custom modems for the iPhone are scheduled for mass production in 2025. This implies that either the iPhone SE 4 or the iPhone 17 series will be the first iPhone models to feature Apple’s custom 5G modem. Meanwhile, Apple will maintain its collaboration with Qualcomm to supply 5G modems for the iPhone 15 and iPhone 16 series.
$100 more expensive?
While debates surrounding the iPhone SE 4’s design persist, Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that it will draw inspiration from the iPhone 14. He further adds that the SE 4 will sport a 6.1-inch display with Face ID integrated into the notch at the top.
Considering that Face ID and OLED displays are currently part of Apple’s iPhone 14 lineup, it is likely that the price of the iPhone SE 4 will also increase. The existing model, resembling the iPhone 6 in design and featuring Touch ID in the Home button, starts at $449. Therefore, it can be anticipated that the base model of the iPhone SE 4 will be priced at $599.
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