Leaked iPhone SE screen assembly lacks 3D Touch

By , Feb 27, 2016

iPhone SE screen assembly vs iPhone 6S NowhereElse 001

Just as so-called ‘iPhone SE’ is about to enter mass production, we have become exposed to its very first claimed component leak. Saturday, the reliable French blog NowhereElse.fr posted a purported image of the iPhone SE’s screen assembly which supports the thesis that 3D Touch will remain exclusive to the iPhone 6s as a differentiating feature.

3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus uses an additional layer with 96 pressure-sensing sensors and is found between the display itself and the backlight module. No such layer could be identified in the leaked image.

Seen top of post, the claimed iPhone SE screen assembly, at left, clearly lacks a 3D Touch module like on the iPhone 6s, shown at right.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that the iPhone SE will inherit Apple’s most recent hardware features found in the current-generation iPhone 6s series, such as the A9 processor with 2GB of RAM, a twelve-megapixel camera with support for Live Photos, NFC for touchless Apple Pay transactions and more.

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The device is also expected to pack in a slightly curved “2.5D” multi-touch display, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, the M9 motion co-processor which supports a tetherless ‘Hey Siri’ feature and a slightly bigger 1,642 mAh battery compared to the iPhone 5s.

The analyst predicts that the handset will cost between $300 and $400 in the United States, prompting Apple to discount the current iPhone 5s by as much as fifty percent, potentially bringing its price down to $225.

Apple is believed to be holding a media event in mid-March that should serve as a launchpad for both the iPhone SE and a third-generation iPad Air, described as a smaller iPad Pro with support for Apple Pencil and a smaller Smart Keyboard.

Source: NowhereElse.fr (Google Translate)

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  • Dave

    A 300€ iPhone with modern interials would really rock!!

    • 9to5Slavery

      gee willickers batman!

  • I can’t say I didn’t expect this, at least for the first go-around. It is a cheaper iPhone (technically), so I see 3D touch coming later. Plus, it would be weird if the SE had 3D Touch, while the “higher-end” 6 and 6 Plus models did not. I see Apple giving all of their iPhones 3D Touch this fall. But that price point of being between $300 and $400 unlocked or off-contract is very attractive in the age of the Moto X and Nexus devices on the Android side.

    • Dave

      I would totally buy an iPhone at that price if I was a standard “consumer” using android just because of the cheaper phones.
      I mean, 600-900$ is really a huge lot of money!
      But 300 is actually quite affordable for the majority of people; it’s totally about the average smartphone price.

  • What are you doing Apple?! Every iPhone should come with Touch ID!

    • It’s getting Touch ID, it’s not getting 3D Touch.

      • Unless they figured out a new place to put the flex and chips for Touch ID I doubt it. Look at the 5, 5C, 5S and 6 replacement parts and you’ll see the 5S and 6 have an area beside the home button for it. This part resembles a 5 and 5C which do not. Heck maybe they did figure out a way or its smaller and I’m wrong..

  • n0ahcruz3

    Bummer that they didn’t include 3D touch, thinking of getting this one instead of a flagship. Want to keep my monthly phone bill to $100 unlimited everything for 2 lines. Lol

    • 3D Touch isn’t needed. Sure it can save time with certain things but honestly it is not necessary.

  • Just hope that Apple can make the iPhone SE around $400 if they want to be in the low budget smartphone business.

  • Haseeb Aman

    iPhone 5se featuring 16 MEGAPIXELS? SAME AS IPHONE 6S, probably a correction 12 MEGAPIXELS.

  • Safe to say this phones design is going to look like a 6, have the front layout of an iPhone 5 and good upgraded internals. Sounds pretty awesome in my book. Only downside for most is that I honestly don’t think its going to include touch ID. Not a problem for me but I can see a lot of people not liking that.

  • blu

    And noting was lost. For me 3D touch is pointless. I have tried to find a use for it but just can’t find anything it is useful for. I actually find it very annoying is safari when I want to open something in a new window and I touch too hard and it tries to preview.
    If it is $350, I can definitely see myself getting one. If it is closer to $400, that will be pushing it.
    I see it being priced at $399/499/599 for 16/64/128 gb models though.