Analyst: A larger-screened iPhone SE is not coming this year

Don’t expect a change in iPhone SE screen size until 2023 because a third-generation model due this spring should retain the same 4.7-inch LCD display as the current one.

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  • A display analyst sees a 5.7-inch iPhone SE in 2023
  • iPhone SE 3 should retain its 4.7-inch screen
  • A more significant design change is coming in 2024

A 5.7-inch iPhone SE is apparently coming in 2023

According to reliable display analyst Ross Young on Twitter, Apple will update the iPhone SE lineup in 2022 and 2023, with a 2023 model bringing a notable change in the handset’s screen size. According to Ross, a fourth-generation iPhone SE launching in 2023 will sport a display measuring 5.7 inches diagonally. By comparison, the current iPhone SE model is equipped with a 4.7-inch LCD display, packed in an iPhone 8-like design.

TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the most reliable Apple analyst on the planet, was the first to predict a larger-screened iPhone SE. Back in December 2021, Kuo shared a research note in which he claimed such a device would drop sometime in 2023.

At any rate, Apple is expected to keep updating the iPhone SE models each year. As the most affordable iPhone model that doesn’t skimp on specifications, the iPhone SE line has turned into a sales driver for the company following the disappointing iPhone mini.

The second-generation iPhone SE was launched in the spring of 2021. The next two models are coming in 2022 and 2023, the former a modest 5G upgrade with some slight tweaks and the latter bringing a change in screen size. Beyond that, the Cupertino giant is apparently eyeballing a 2024 release for a redesigned iPhone SE.

Young also thinks the next iPhone SE due this spring will be called “iPhone SE+”.

iPhone SE+ 5G, really?

As for the next iPhone SE that’s suspected to launch this spring (the third iteration to the lineup), Young says Apple will call that model “iPhone SE+ 5G”. If true, it wouldn’t be the first time Apple has used a cellular radio technology name in an iPhone model name (remember iPhone 3G?). It would, however, certainly be the first time in recent memory that the company has featured the plus sign in hardware product naming.