iPhone SE Design Possibilities Compared in New Renderings

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Last week, schematics and renderings based on case maker's specifications came out from several sources, giving us our first look at what Apple's much-rumored 4-inch "iPhone SE" might look like when it launches in March. The two designs, one from OnLeaks and one from 9to5Mac, both depict an iPhone that looks a lot like the iPhone 5s, but the designs differ quite a bit.

    9to5Mac's mockup of the iPhone SE looks almost identical to the iPhone 5s, while OnLeaks' schematic pictures a device with curved edges, leading to a look that's a hybrid of an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 5s. These differences are clear in new renderings created by Martin Hajek that compare the two designs to a purely conceptual rendering from Curved Labs imagining the iPhone SE as a smaller iPhone 6.

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    Multiple rumors have said the iPhone SE will be of a similar size to the iPhone 5s, with the two even able to share cases, but it's also been said it will include a slightly curved glass display, two concepts that are difficult to conceptualize. An iPhone SE that's similar in size to an iPhone 5s but with curved edges as seen in the OnLeaks schematic won't be able to use the same accessories as the iPhone 5s because of the different shape.

    Despite the fact that the iPhone SE is less than a month away from debuting, we've seen few part leaks, and no leaks of the back of the device to help us nail down the true look of the device. We've heard tons of rumors, but with no visual evidence, it's still difficult to determine whether the iPhone SE is an exact iPhone 5s clone or a fresh design that takes cues from multiple devices.

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    Renderings agree the iPhone SE will have a power button that remains located at the top of the device, and it appears it will use a pill-shaped flash and the same round volume buttons that were found on the iPhone 5s. OnLeaks' rendering suggests the camera could protrude somewhat, a possibility if the iPhone SE adopts the 12-megapixel camera in the iPhone 6s.

    On the iPhone 6s, the camera protrudes approximately 0.7mm from the 7.1mm body of the device. The iPhone 5s' thickness is 7.6mm, and the iPhone SE is rumored to have the same dimensions, so the camera could stick out slightly.

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    Though the iPhone SE is rumored to resemble the iPhone 5s on the exterior, its internals are said to be on par with Apple's latest devices. It will include an A9 processor, the same used in the iPhone 6s, along with the aforementioned upgraded camera and an NFC chip to support Apple Pay.

    Apple is expected to introduce the iPhone SE at an event that's now rumored to take place on March 21. Also debuting at the event is the next-generation 9.7-inch iPad, which may be branded as a smaller "iPad Pro," and new Apple Watch bands.

    Martin Hajek has several other renderings depicting the three concepts side-by-side, which are well worth checking out on his website.

    Article Link: iPhone SE Design Possibilities Compared in New Renderings
  2. macfacts macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2012
  3. Crossmax macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2013
  4. Flow39 macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2014
    At the Apple Store
  5. Radon87000 macrumors 604

    Nov 29, 2013
    All of those look real bad compared to the Galaxy S7
  6. ^^BIGMac macrumors 6502a


    Dec 10, 2009
  7. nutmac macrumors 601

    Mar 30, 2004
    Which frankly looks almost identical to current iPhone 5s.

    I am frankly baffled as to why the antenna strips on iPhone 6s cannot be the same color as the metal chassis. Granted, most people will cover them with a case, but can't Apple make them blend in better?
  8. H2SO4 macrumors 601

    Nov 4, 2008
    I like being able to put the phone flat on one edge.
  9. WBRacing macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2012
  10. east85 macrumors 65816


    Jun 24, 2010
    I get the hype, but doubtful that any of these renders are remotely close.
  11. valleian macrumors regular


    Jun 1, 2014
    Big fan of the onleaks design, would like to see something similar for the iPhone 7.
  12. yticolev macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2015
    I like the 9 to 5 version. Looks like it is iPhone 4 inspired with a metal surround antenna band and similar thickness. Lots of room for a big battery and advanced camera. If so, I will buy it even though I bought a 6S recently.
  13. meaning-matters macrumors 6502


    Dec 13, 2013
    My hope is that iPhones will be gorgeous again.
  14. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    9to5Mac's is what it should look it. iPhone design was amazing on the iPhone 5 (but the iPhone 4 was the pinnacle of design).
  15. mbh1976 macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2014
    I'd be stoked if it was the same body as a 5S, but with upgraded internals. I hate the curves on the 6.
  16. jayducharme macrumors 68040


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    I like them in order of their appearance in the picture. In the third version, the power button is on the side which would be a foolish move for a 4" device. Every time I try to squeeze the power button on my iPhone 6, I also end up squeezing the volume rockers. Keep the power button on top, Apple.
  17. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
    Wasn't the power button relocated to the side on the 9to5 renders?
  18. DoctorKrabs macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2013
    So whoever did these renderings went through all that effort only to not even use the screen layout that 4 inch devices have.

    The whole thing about this phone is that the screen is 4 inches. Seriously.
  19. jhwalker macrumors regular

    May 31, 2011
    All the iPhones have been almost identical for years, save the new sizes that came along a couple years back now.

    Much as I like the Apple universe, am I the only one who is craving something truly *new*, not just a larger / smaller / rounder / thinner version of an almost ten-year-old product?
  20. nikhsub1 macrumors 68020


    Jun 19, 2007
    mmmm... jessica.'s beer...
    I can't imagine the phone won't look identical the the 6... why go back to a 6 year old design?
  21. cuencap macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2011
    Actually, there are three different renderings at various angles see. They must not have loaded on your screen. You should see them, they look pretty nice.
  22. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2006
    Id rather have an updated 5c design personally
  23. mi7chy macrumors 603


    Oct 24, 2014
    The iconic look (9tomac version) is better than copying Samsung with the other two versions but Apple really needs a major redesign and without the c-section lines on the back. Hoping for something new soon to put my Apple gift card to use.
  24. naeS1Sean macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2011
    Scranton, PA
    I'd think 9to5Mac probably nailed it from what all the rumors say...yeah?

    The other 2 are too 'iPhone 6'...
  25. co.ag.2005 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Fort Worth, TX
    this. They blend well on my silver/white iPhone 6s, but they look hideous on the Gold and Rose Gold iPhones

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