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The next-generation iPhone SE that's set to launch in 2022 will feature the same 4.7-inch display as the current version, according to display analyst Ross Young.

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The existing iPhone SE is modeled after the iPhone 8 with a 4.7-inch display. There were rumors suggesting that Apple was working on an "iPhone SE Plus" that could come out this year, but earlier this month, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that there won't be a new iPhone in the SE family until 2022.


Young's information also suggests there will be no 2021 refresh for the iPhone SE, but he says that following the minor 2022 refresh, there could be a more radical design change coming in 2023.

Apple is said to be working on a 6.1-inch version of the iPhone SE that features a hole punch design rather than a notch. Apple is rumored to be planning to bring the hole punch display to the 2022 flagship models, so it makes sense that after introducing new iPhone 14 models with the design change, it could trickle down to the iPhone SE a year later.

The hole punch design is something that Android manufacturers have been using for some time to maximize available display area while also leaving space for the front-facing camera. On Apple's devices, the hole punch will replace the current notch.

Though there will presumably be few design changes to the iPhone SE coming in 2022, the device is expected to get an upgraded processor and 5G support, which Young says may be limited to sub-6GHz.

Article Link: Next iPhone SE to Feature 4.7-Inch Display, 2023 Version to Have Hole Punch Full Screen Design
 
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Anson_431

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In a sense I just can't see Apple utilizing a hole punch design when they are a company that somewhat insists on being distinguishable from their competitors. Like, the "notch" is a significant look that is outstanding enough for one to instantly name that being an iPhone - regardless of it being good or bad in 2021.

Doing away the notch and bringing in a hole punch design, while it would be impressive to see how they combine the FaceID sensors all together and it would be more than cool if that comes true (unless they ditch this authentication method entirely), it doesn't really make sense to me when doing so would blend Apple right into the rest of the market with nothing special to identify the company's product instantly.
 

snipr125

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I know a lot of people will complain that the next SE will just be a refresh in 2022 with the same iphone 8 design (according to this rumour), but thats fine with me as long as it has A15 and 4 GB RAM and retains the same £399 price.
 

zorinlynx

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Am I the only one who hates the hole punch phones? On many of them it's not even symmetrical and off to the side.

The notch may take away screen area, but at least it has symmetry with an attractive shape. A single round hole in the corner just looks like your five year old got carried away with a hole puncher.
 

mattspace

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If the punch brings back space for the persistent VPN status indicator, and it has a "find by feel while still in the pocket" TouchID, it would be a good runner-up to the current nice square-screen-edged, home-buttoned SE.

Now maybe one day we'll get a UI that concentrates controls at the bottom of the screen where people's thumbs live, rather than at the top.
 

jarman92

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This hole punch rumor is one of the dumbest I've heard in a while. Where are the Face ID components supposed to go? Apple isn't abandoning their super-expensive, super-secure, super-convenient tech just so they can have an ugly hole instead of an ugly notch.
 

jarman92

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If the punch brings back space for the persistent VPN status indicator, and it has a "find by feel while still in the pocket" TouchID, it would be a good runner-up to the current nice square-screen-edged, home-buttoned SE.

Now maybe one day we'll get a UI that concentrates controls at the bottom of the screen where people's thumbs live, rather than at the top.

Yeah seems totally reasonable to totally overhaul the design of a device just to put a VPN logo in the corner instead of one swipe away 🙄
 
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andrefillipe

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A hole punch is absolutely ugly for my taste; the notch brings harmony and consistency - a hole punch is just a hole messing up with the user interface in a confusing and distractive way. Why not just a simple camera in the corners? I don’t understand this insane obsession with all-screen phones, curved screens, tall aspect ratios... Why not keep just the simple?
 
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