The current version of the iPhone SE, the third-gen model, is based on the 4.7-inch iPhone 8
As it turned out, Apple went back to the iPhone 8 for the latest iPhone SE model which was released this past March. But that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from getting back to work for the fourth-gen iPhone SE. First, let’s start with reliable TF International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who said last December that “We expect Apple to release a new iPhone SE in 2023 with a larger display than the 1H22 SE’s 4.7-inch and 4GB of memory support (vs. 3GB in the 1H22 SE).”
The latest iPhone SE model, based on the iPhone 8, was released this past March
RUMOR: The iPhone SE 4, likely coming next year, will essentially be a rebranded iPhone XR
Expect a 6.1-inch display with Face ID, 12MP rear camera and IP67 water and dust resistance. pic.twitter.com/eC7Di0WD3B
— AppleTrack (@appltrack) August 30, 2022
Will Apple’s next “budget” phone sport a more power chipset than the iPhone 14?
A chip made using the 4nm process node like the A16 Bionic will sport more transistors than a chip made using the 5nm node like the A15 Bionic. The higher the transistor count, the more powerful and energy-efficient a chip is. So unless Apple decides that the fourth-generation iPhone SE, due out next year, will have the same chip as the third-generation model, there will be a good chance that the more affordable iPhone SE (2023) will have a better chip that the one in the non-Pro 2022 iPhone 14 models.
The iPhone SE (2023) could start with 128GB of storage for the basic model, which would be a hike from the 64GB storage on last year’s basic model. It also will be interesting to see if Apple feels compelled to raise the starting price of the iPhone SE from the $429 it priced the third-generation model at.