We reported in January of this year that the iPhone SE 4 is dead. But apparently, that isn’t the case anymore. According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the same person who reported the iPhone SE’s demise, now says Apple has resurrected the iPhone SE 4. However, it will adopt the designs of the iPhone 14 instead.
Kuo stated the iOS device will have a 6.1-inch OLED display, rather than an IPS, and will make use of Apple’s 5G baseband chips produced by a 4nm process with support for sub-6GHz. Apple’s plan is to release the phone in 2024.
The move to use their own chips also means Apple’s dependence on Qualcomm components will decline. And if the iPhone SE 4 is successful, they will also adapt their own chips on the iPad and Apple Watch products, abandoning Qualcomm baseband chip components completely.
The iPhone SE 4 is an affordable entry point to the Apple ecosystem at a much lower price point that the main iPhones. As the “budget” line, it can challenge the midrange dominance of Android devices.
The iPhone SE 3 released in 2022 proved to be a powerful smartphone, equipped with an A15 Bionic chip and a 12MP camera with Deep Fusion. However, it was built around an iPhone 8’s frame, which had a dated design and a small 4.7-inch IPS display, which might have hampered its potential.
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It’s not too far-fetched to assume that the 4th generation SE will be just as powerful, using whatever last-generation Bionic chip is available by then. And with a 6.1-inch OLED display and the right price point, it could very well become a best seller.