Supposed iPhone SE (2017) leak shows off Ion-X glass rear shell

A newly leaked photo, depicting what could be the back of a next-gen iPhone SE, started making rounds online, offering some interesting, albeit unverified, tidbits of information regarding a supposed new “special edition” iPhone.

Originating from Chinese microblogging website and smartphone leak heaven Weibo, the photo shows four glass back panels, each with two vertically aligned cutouts (one for a camera lens, the other – for an LED flash module) placed on top of some paperwork.

If the leak is legitimate, it could mean that Apple has decided to ditch the aluminum design of the first gen iPhone SE in favor of a sleeker, high-gloss look. What's more interesting, however, is what the sheet of paper beneath the shells tells us – “Ion-X Glass”.

Ion-X glass is the material that the covers the display of the Apple Watch Sport, and it is comparable in durability to Corning's Gorilla Glass. Whether Ion-X glass will be protecting the front or back (or both) of the supposed iPhone SE (2017), remains a matter of conjecture at this point, but it is a possibility, if nothing else.

Further, 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.

source: Weibo via Top5Hosting



1. peace247 unregistered


15. sgodsell

Posts: 7606; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If Apple keeps the same low resolution, sub HD display, then that is just wrong. Especially when we are seeing dpi in excess of 807 dpi that fits inside a 5.5" display area. There is no reason why Apple can't put a full HD display in the 4" display area. At least put the low resolution of the iPhone 7 in this 4" display area.

17. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

No reason? Profit margins are the reason my friend.

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well to be fair, I don't think a 4" phone should have 1080p. But the 4.7" iPhone most certainly should for its cost and the plus should certainly be QHD since it is available. But at 4" it should be 1280x800 But the problem with a tiny device which is the "only" think I hated about the iPhone 4/4S, is such a high resolution on a tiny space makes everything to small and messes up your eyes. I ruined my wife's eyes. She had never worm glasses until I got her an iPod Touch and she started squinting to see that tiny screen. I would be perfectly ok with Apple buying Samsung's old S4/5 displays and shoving them into the 4.7" iPhone to save costs and lower the price.

2. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Interesting... Back to the very beautiful iPhone 4 design? As I always say, 6/6S/7 looks crap compared to 4/4S/5/5S/SE

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

when Samsung use glass-back, sheeple said it's fingerprint magnet, slippery and can easily cracked.. when apple use it, Sheeple be like "it's the best iPhone design ever"..

4. Unordinary unregistered

Show me where "sheeple" said that. I'll be waiting. Starting to think you lamedroids are the ones thinking all this lmao Skitzo? Lonely? Angry at the world? Never been laid? Whatever it is, I feel sorry for y'all. Lol

5. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

He means himself.

8. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

"Skitzo? Lonely? Angry at the world? Never been laid? Whatever it is, I feel sorry for y'all. Lol" While these applies to those lamedroids, they apply to sheeple like you as well. Seriously, you people need to stop talking like only one side are full of basement dwellers. I feel sorry for you people blinded by love and hate of brands LOL.

23. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

NoToFanboys you are so right. Its sad those extreme fanboy are annoying. I dont like Apple and samsung myself still i can see positive side from them its not like everything from them is bad...

11. hatersgonnahate

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 24, 2015

I saw this guy everytime in this site keeps bitching about apple and sheeple..i use both ios and android and both have pros and cons..i don't get the hate he has over an apple products..

12. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Have you seen the people trolling and hating on all Samsung articles? I thought Apple haters are cancerous and numerous, but ever since the Note 7 incident, Samsung haters have skyrocketed, now they're equal to the Apple haters.

13. whatev

Posts: 2444; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

And since you assume a "neutral" position thinking you're some kind of super heroe or police against fanboys then you feel you have the right to troll every article bashing whoever you don't agree with like you're fighting the devil, so clever but I'm sorry to tell you that doesn't make you less of a troll than the fanboys, it actually makes you THE TROLL since you're trolling every article no matter what news is about

20. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I don't claim to be unbiased, because no one is. At least I am not like you blind fanboys and haters who praise and bash something solely because of brand. If I were a fanboy, then I'd be a fanboy of tech in general. So if your tiny brain can't comprehend the fact a person can like both platforms and not be a stupid hater, then you should stfu Apple fanboy.

24. whatev

Posts: 2444; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Well liking both platforms does not provide a license to troll wherever you want unless in your tiny brain that's the way it works, one thing does not correlate to the other, so don't give excuses for your spare time hobby

30. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Just because sometimes I bash your beloved company doesn't make me a troll. LOL Man you guys are hypocrites, trolling around articles then calling others trolls for having a different opinion from you.

28. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

@UnOrdinary PA says it in every Samsung review since the S6 edge. if you are sitting here lyign and claimed you never saw it, then you are full of shyte! John V - On the S6 Edge "So far, the Galaxy S6 line’s new design language is much better than before, but there were necessary compromises needed in making this phone. We can’t deny that we enjoy its premium feel, but it sheds some of the staple qualities of the S5 before it – like its water resistant construction, expandable microSD card slot, and removable battery.Now, as much as we adore the premium feel of the phone, it’s just a magnet for smudges and fingerprints. " John V S6 edge+ "For all of its aesthetic acclaims, it's still a finger print magnet, so its pristine looks can quickly be overpowered by smudgy prints on its glass surfaces" John V S7 edge "However, it’s still something that attracts nasty baddies such as fingerprints and smudges – so a lot of care and wiping is necessary in keeping it clean." Yet here John V reviews the iPhone 4 - Even though its a dual glass design, he never once mentioned it was a fingerprint magnet. John V - Iphone 4S review, under design, he again never mentions the 4S being a fingerprint magnet not even once. But on the very first Galaxy S6 edge, with the SAME DESIGN...he mentions it. You are such a fanboy to ignore facts! You are an Ordinary Sheeple. Again John V his review of the Note 5 "However, while we applaud its solid construction and eye-catching looks, the glass makes the phone a little fragile, prone to fingerprints, and slippery. Trust us, you’ll want to be extremely careful handling it, since minor drops can probably do a number to it." Note 7 Review by Ray S "Just as its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 7 has the same highly reflective, mirror glass finish that is all nice and shiny, but can quickly get messy due to fingerprints sticking like crazy. To me, that's not a big problem, because I like the unslippery nature of glossy surfaces – it makes the Note 7 easy to handle. " See ghe trend here. But Alan Frankenstein Monster trying to tell me there is no bias here. Then why were such things not said about the iPhone? Oh and to be fair, I did see John V say the iPhone 4S was a bit slippery. But the context was very light vs how it was used when talkign about Samsung. This is why he left PA because he prefers Android devices and he didn't like berating one device over another.

33. Unordinary unregistered

You really have no life lmfao. Hahahah that's sad lmfaoooo

29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

PA's usage of "fire" with iPhone's and "exploding" with Note 7. When any Sansung phone has "caught fire" or "exploded", PA has always used "exploded". But when its the iPhone, they use a tamer tone like "caught fire". Hwoeevr lets be fair and reasonable. The fact is, both did both. If you phone blew part when the battery caught fire or exploded, then you phone exploded. Here is a photo of an iPhoen 7 that clearly exploded ere is a video of a iPhone 7 catching fire - It didnt get a chance to blow open because he put the fire put. But the fact is noth iPhones and the Note 7 caught fiore and both explode. But explode is a much nastier word because things can "catch fire" and do little or no damage. Example, you can strike a match and it will burn. After all things can catch fire and not explode. Phones explode because the battery almost always will expand from heat causing the phone which is only glued together to come apart. But PA will attack anything Samsung to make it terrible and Apple, will always get off with a slap on the wrist.

9. hatersgonnahate

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 24, 2015

Prove it dude

10. whatev

Posts: 2444; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Just like Samsung fanboys when Samsung puts and takes back features like camera resolution, water resistance, sd cards and so on :)

6. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I bought mine SE not even a month ago but when SE 2 comes out it's instabuy And oh Gosh if it has the design of 4 I'm gonna buy 20 of them

19. libra89

Posts: 2335; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's going to be an instabuy for me too if this is true.

21. AlikMalix unregistered

I would have bought the SE over any phone if I knew it was going o come out when I was ready to upgrade. I would have waited instead of getting the 6s. Absolutely love that design and perfect size.

7. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Adding more Price to the phone,and more ending up with a Cracked Back Cover,Glass is a Fingerprint magnet and Breaks so easy

18. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

It's almost like they had a meeting about how to squeeze more repair money out of the SE.

14. seedorf

Posts: 44; Member since: Feb 16, 2015

is true,when sammy used glass back,people said is slippery and falls easily,today same sheeple says is innovation on iphones dont be a pain in the butt.well am waitig for the SE hope is 4.5inch will be ok for pocket size dont need 5.5inch nope

16. Saqlain

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

pathetic move

34. aznhachi

Posts: 212; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

OnePlus X ?

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