Apple iPhone SE (2017) rumor round-up: design, specs, features, and expectations

Update: Shortly after the image surfaced online, @OnLeaks pointed out on Twitter that it may very well have been tampered with. According to him, the glass shells depicted in the photo are from a phone by Chinese manufacturer 360 Mobiles, with Apple's logo slapped on top. After taking a closer look at the photo ourselves, we did notice that the Apple logo looks a bit off – it's not perfectly centered and its bottom half is somewhat distorted. The original text of the rumor round-up follows:

It's been more than a year since Apple paid some serious attention to the compact smartphone segment it once ruled. It did that by releasing the iPhone SE - a 4" device that combined the iPhone 6s' hardware prowess inside an iPhone 5s' body. This recipe turned out successful - the iPhone SE still remains one of the best ultra-compact phones you can buy. 

Although it's not that long in the tooth yet, the iPhone SE will reportedly be succeeded by an improved iPhone SE, a new entrant to the compact scene. Although not much is known about this one, a bunch of specs and a couple of real-life pictures that recently popped up put a lot of oil in the fire. Who knows, Apple might even show us this new iPhone SE at WWDC '17, which kicks off June 5!

Let's see what we know so far!

Design & display

It seems that the new iPhone SE will bear little to no resemblance to its predecessor - if the recent leak is to be believed, Apple will be ditching the old school edgy metal design for a trendy glossy glass one. This is exactly what the leak shows: a bunch of rear panels that proudly boast the Apple logo and a revamped camera-flash design. The new iPhone SE will reportedly boast an ION-X glass back, which is the same stuff that's used for the glass of the Apple Watch and is reportedly as sturdy as Corning's latest Gorilla Glass iterations.

As far as the overall design of the next iPhone SE is concerned, we suppose it could look like a mix between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 5c but with a glass back. The front of the device will most certainly look like any other iPhone out there, with a round home button with the TouchID fingerprint scanner embedded within. 

The display size will likely remain 4 inches, or so they say. There's a rumor that Apple might put an OLED display on that phone, but that's highly unlikely - it's much more plausible that this one will be introduced on the iPhone 7s/8 first. The screen will likely continue to boast a 640 x 1336-pixel Retina display as we don't expect an upgrade.


The next generation of the iPhone SE will most likely continue to meet the unprecedented performance standards its successor established and then add some. The compact powerhouse is likely going to boast an Apple A10 Fusion chipset on deck, complemented by 2 gigabytes of RAM. That sounds like it would be an impressive combo, and we really do hope the hearsays holds water.


Little to nothing is known about the camera unit of the next-gen iPhone SE. It's safe to assume that the device will either inherit the iPhone 7's camera setup or score no improvements at all. All we know so far is that the layout of the camera and the flash would be slightly revamped - the flash will be positioned to the immediate bottom of the camera lens, which is unlike any iPhone thus far. 

As far as we know more, so will you.


We don't know if the nest iPhone SE will be unveiled at WWDC '17. Given that it's strictly a software summit, we doubt that Apple will launch a new phone this June, but we wouldn't completely discard this rumor. After all, surprises do happen on a regular basis, and Apple's definitely among the chief "perpetrators" of those. 

Related phones

iPhone SE
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128GB
  • Battery 1624 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

desidn? ;)

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7606; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Then up the resolution on that 4" display at least. A sub HD display in 2017, just doesn't cut it. Especially when we have displays with 807 dpi.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

but it's retina... /s

5. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

dpi above 300 just useless and waste of resources.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7606; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So I guess Apples 6+,6s+,7+ are useless and a waste of resources then? They are above 440 dpi. We know your an Apple zealot and you will take anything that Apple gives you and say it's the best in the world crap. But we are in 2017. Apple should update this tiny display to a minimum of HD at least.

20. techbuttcheex

Posts: 205; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Resolution is irrelevant. The brightness and color accuracy are far more important.

9. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

That's what Apple wants you to believe.

13. adecvat

Posts: 662; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

He is true. That is why Samsung S8 working at FHD by default.

15. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well i would disagree a bit with you Submar. I am force to use an iphone 7 at work now and the screen is not thats bad. Resolution is okay 720 for 4.5 4.7 inch screen is more than enuf. Sure my LG G5 screen is a bit better and obviously S7/S8 screen are out of this world. But its not thats big of a deal. Also at least the Iphone 7 like my G5 can play game at 55/60 fps... Try to run world of tank blitz on a samsung s7 or s8... go in setting and put all setting to max ( i was surprised thats i had the option to push setting to max on iphone as well ) and its will struggle to have a steady 40 fps and will often dip under 30 wich is unacceptable for such a pricy device... The apple want you to beleive apply to samsung as well they want you to beleive the phone is the best but its have some big flaw. Iphone 7 has big flaw too... uninspiring UI, Limited multitasking ( i use a ip phone software and if i am on a mobile call when a ip phone call come in i cant put on hold mobile and take it... and i can do thats under android so... limited ) I cant do much to custom the UI to my business need as well... Widget is a joke on iOS... Anyway.. the point is the biggest OEM ( or the one thats sell the most ) are FAR from been the best.

21. civicsr2cool

Posts: 281; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

you've never tried VR have you?

12. AlikMalix unregistered

My iPhone 5 and 5s are sharp. Why the hell do you want to tax the battery and resources for something I and others don't want? I'm sick of you android faithful and your resolution arguments - there's absolutely no need for it to be higher as long as it's sharp. Anybody asking for it is just chasing specs for the sake of chasing specs. I rather have longer battery and smoother UI. All the games and videos are pixelated on Samsung and LG - just like on the iPhone. You're annoying.

14. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Did he hurt your feelings?

16. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Alik thats bulls**t and you know it ( about all game and video are pixelated. Thats really bulls**t sorry. I say on SE they need to go with 16:9 ratio and have 720p so its will scale right with all video. not even a question of resolution more of compatibility with the current world.

19. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

You weren't even going to buy the phone, so why be a picky spec monkey about it?

3. mahima

Posts: 744; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

one rumour ang this article come to life

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

brace yourself, daily rumor and render articles about iPhoneSE 2017 is coming...

8. libra89

Posts: 2335; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Again, I'll believe it when I hear it. If this is true, what was the point of the recent storage bump?

10. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Love the look of the backside of the phone. If true, I will update the kids for Christmas if it retains its current size.

11. biagnosis

Posts: 106; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

..and most likely it won't come with a 3.5mm jack

17. libra89

Posts: 2335; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Dang, I didn't even think about that. :/

18. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

"Highly unlikely" "although not much is known" "little to nothing is known" "will most likely"......."we don't know" Then why speculate. Just give known facts. Its not even known that this glass back is for a new SE, or that a new SE is even coming.

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