There have been rumors about the Apple iPhone SE 4 for months, in principle since the launch of the iPhone SE 3 (2022). The device would finally get a new design based on the iPhone XR with a notch. Following the usual two-year product cycle of the SE series, the new model would be launched in 2024. According to trusted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple scrapped those plans – at least in 2024 there won’t be a fourth-gen iPhone SE. The Californians have therefore already informed their suppliers.
Notably, the analyst had previously hinted at a cancellation or postponement. Now he’s pretty sure Apple has scrapped the iPhone SE 4 entirely. In a Medium post, Kuo explains that Apple originally intended to launch its first in-house developed 5G modem with the iPhone SE 4. Apple wanted to test the 5G chip in the new SE before it starts in the premium iPhones. Instead, the company will continue to rely on Qualcomm 5G chips until 2024 and thus until the iPhone 16.
iPhone SE 4 should introduce the notch
Without the SE 2024, it will therefore remain Apple’s secret for the time being as to when its own 5G modem will come. Also, it’s unclear if this is the end of the SE series or just a break – the SE series never had a clearly defined release schedule. The first iPhone SE dates back to 2016. After four years, Apple decided to update the series with the launch of iPhone SE 2020. Then last year came the iPhone SE 5G, SE 3 or SE 2022, the first with 5G connectivity.
Rumor has it that Apple may lower the price of the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus to make the devices more attractive. If that’s the case, then the iPhone 15 2024 could make a good replacement for the SE model.