The iPhone SE 4 display could get a major upgrade, but still no Face ID

The iPhone SE 4’s display could receive a substantial upgrade in 2023 which might make the whole device more closely resemble contemporary iPhones. But will Apple’s most affordable smartphone finally adopt Face ID? It doesn’t seem like it…

A white third-generation iPhone SE held in hand, showcasing the back of the device
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  • What’s happening? The next iPhone SE could get a substantial upgrade for its display to more closely resemble contemporary Apple smartphones.
  • Why care? Because it’s high time Apple ditched the iPhone SE’s outdated design.
  • What to do? If you’re thinking about upgrading to a new iPhone, better start saving for the next iPhone SE (unless you really need the Dynamic Island feature).

Hello, notch! iPhone SE 4 could get a major display upgrade

According to Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) analyst Ross Young’s Twitter, Apple will use a bigger, notched screen for its fourth-generation iPhone SE.

The analyst isn’t quite sure whether that means that the next iPhone SE 4 could introduce Face ID support for the first time (he wouldn’t say whether the notch on the phone’s upgraded display would house a TrueDepth camera for Face ID).

Because the iPhone SE is Apple’s most affordable iPhone, Apple’s engineers could be under pressure to pass on Face ID in order to keep costs down.

But it Young is right about an all-screen design, they won’t be a Touch ID Home button either. What the company might do is build Touch ID into the phone’s side button, which was rumored before by reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and other sources. Read: iPhone 14 Pro settings to change for an optional experience

If Young is right, then Apple’s upcoming smartphones in 2023 will all use full-screen designs. As MacRumors notes, other sources have indicated that the next iPhone SE could adopt a design resembling the iPhone‌ XR, which used a 6.1-inch LCD display.

How about an iPhone SE with a Dynamic Island?

In other words, the next iPhone SE might adopt a full-screen appearance without making the whole thing bigger in your hand. Keep in mind, Young previously speculated that Apple could bring the Dynamic Island from the iPhone 14 Pros to the next iPhone SE, but we don’t know why he’s changed his mind.

There’s no doubt in our mind that the Dynamic island feature will trickle to all iPhone models in the future, including non-Pro ones—the only exception being the iPhone SE which we expect to use the same notch design as previous iPhones.

All-screen iPhones in 2023

Considering that the last two models of the iPhone SE came outfitted with smaller 4.7-inch screens, a 6.1-inch version should be a refreshing change for everyone, whether they suffer from poor vision or have big hands.

The original iPhone SE was released in 2016, followed by the second and third-generation models in 2020 and 2022, respectively. The rumors agree that the fourth-generation model should drop next year, with Apple possibly unveiling and launching iPhone SE 4 in Spring 2023. Read: iPhone tricks that’ll blow your mind