The original iPhone SE was first released at the start of 2016. It was the cheapest iPhone at the time of the launch. The iPhone SE 1 was made cheaper by using an old iPhone’s body with the processor of the latest iPhone.
The original iPhone SE had the body of an iPhone 5 with the processor of an iPhone 6s. The 2020 iPhone SE 2 and the 2022 iPhone SE 3 had the body of an iPhone 8 with the iPhone 11 and iPhone 13 processors, respectively. All these models were the cheapest iPhone launches of their respective years.
As we enter 2024, there have been leaks of a brand-new iPhone SE 4. Previously, we saw a few leaks about discontinuing the iPhone SE series. It was due to the concerns related to the in-house 5G chip. Fortunately, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has now hinted at the project’s revival. However, its launch date is uncertain. Kuo says it will follow the bi-yearly cycle of the iPhone SE Series and launch in March 2024, while others say it will launch in 2025.
This also means the home button will finally be ditched from the iPhone SE lineup. It is also expected to feature the dynamic island, which we will see in the iPhone 16. However, the other dimensions of the phone are expected to be from the 2018 iPhone XR. However, the post’s authors say not to take this information too seriously.
In addition to these specs, we can also expect the phone to feature a 6.1-inch OLED display. However, it’s likely to be a 60Hz panel. The Apple A17 Pro or the upcoming A18 will likely power the phone.
As mentioned at the start, the iPhone SE series is the cheapest launch each year. The iPhone SE 1 launched at $399. The SE 2 followed the same price tag, while the SE 3 got a price bump to $429, a $30 increase over its last two predecessors.
As of now, we cannot conclude anything on the iPhone SE 4 price. Although it is likely below $500, we cannot rule out the possibility of a higher price. This is because the hardware upgrade the phone is getting is pretty significant and the biggest in the iPhone SE lineup so far.
However, a price higher than $500 is unlikely because a higher price tag will cut into the territory of the base iPhone models from last year, which Apple officially sells.
Do note to take all these with a pinch of salt because all this info is based on leaks and speculations from past models, current prices, etc.