New iPhone SE 2 design images offer a glimpse at what could be

Rumors about the iPhone SE 2 have been floating around for quite a while now. We've been hearing bits about the alleged device here and there, but over the last year, especially after the reveal of the iPhone X, things have changed quite a bit. The iPhone SE 2 is now rumored to have a similar bezel-less design, complete with a notch, just like the X, and is, indeed, closer to reality than ever before. In fact, most sources are pinning the SE 2 for a September 2018 unveiling, alongside other iPhone models.

As far as the design of the iPhone SE 2 goes, we've recently gotten a good look at some renders of the device used by smartphone accessory maker Olixar for a new lineup of screen protectors and cases for the iPhone SE 2. The images were accompanied by alleged schematics of the device, as well as photos of the real screen protectors. These helped paint an even clearer picture of what to expect from Apple this year, but as usual, there were some questions left unanswered, and the images were, as usual, less-than-ideal in terms of quality and size. 

The notch question

The renders Olixar shared depicted the iPhone SE 2 with the same rounded notch as the iPhone X, but the photos of the actual screen protector, as well as the device schematics, suggested a more angular notch design. And if these screen protectors are indeed real, then it's very likely that the notch is different. Actually, this angular design goes quite well with the suggested boxier aesthetic of the phone.

Which one will it be, remains to be seen, but that there will be a notch is almost certain, as other rumors suggest Face ID also coming to the iPhone SE 2. This one is still up in the air, but since there won't be a physical home button with fingerprint scanner in it, it is very likely that Apple intends to implement some sort of face unlocking in the phone, though whether it would be a full-blown depth sensing system like on the iPhone X, or a more simple solution that relies on 2D face recognition, is too early to tell.

Glass back for wireless charging, no headphone jack

Another rumored feature of the iPhone SE 2 is a glass back for wireless charging. This has been confirmed by a number of separate leaks and is something that we expect from the phone at this point. Another thing we expect from the SE 2, and from every Apple phone going forward, is the omission of the 3.5mm audio jack. No surprises here, really, Apple wasn't going to backtrack on its decision to remove the technology and it it's not going to do it in the future.

Same size as the original iPhone SE

The iPhone SE 2 is rumored to have the same exact dimensions as the original iPhone SE. That is, 4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches (123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm). It's supposed to weigh around the same as well -- 3.99 oz (113 g). The big change from the original, of course, is the much larger screen, as far as design goes, at least. Without the home button of its predecessor, the iPhone SE 2 is expected to adopt the same gesture-based user interface that the iPhone X debuted with last year.

As far as other design changes are concerned, there aren't that many. The iPhone SE 2 will likely retain the boxy design of the original, with the same button arangement to the sides and top of the device. That is, volume keys and mute switch on the left, and power button at the top.

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4. AdeelSoomro

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 26, 2017

First picture reminds me iPhone 4/4S if Apple offers back design of 4/4S and front design from iPhone X than it will be a blockbuster

18. tokuzumi

Posts: 1919; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

All of these renders are just a bezel-less notch screen photoshopped over the original SE.

36. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Agree, but the real bezels of iPhone X are much bigger than this on picture. Misleading...

5. geordie8t1

Posts: 305; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

I actually like the design, and Im not usually an apple fan, if it does indeed arrive with a full screen display like that, one thing you know will happen is it will cost a fortune compared to the original SE when it arrived in 2016, easily over £500 i would reckon for the base price, compared to iphone SE £379 on release base price, would be great surprise to be wrong tho

6. Cat97

Posts: 1921; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I don't think Apple can technically create at this time an iPhone SE that looks like in the pictures. It would also eat into the sales of their more expensive phones and would also switch a lot of people from Android to iOS. The Android world does not have (and cannot create technically) a compact phone with slim bezels right now (the XPERIA XZ2 Compact has quite big bezels and is very large compared to the SE). I think that in reality, the iPhone SE2 will have a notch with Face ID but also a chin in order to keep costs low. This would not be against last week's leaks of tempered glass protectors.

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4252; Member since: Nov 01, 2016


21. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I think you're the clueless one. If you're going to get an SE like the one shown in the pictures in the article, then it's going to be massively overpriced/expensive, and it's not going to have a pricing that is even remotely budget or even mid-range.

19. tokuzumi

Posts: 1919; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

The original SE never really cut into 6S sales, so I don't see why this would cut into Apple's sales on other phones.

11. skips

Posts: 481; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

Am I the only one who's not believing they will include actual Face ID in 2018's SE model? That notch is ridiculously tiny, comparing to iPhone X. If anything, and to cut down on the costs (I mean how else are they going to receive the same demand for the phone as the original SE), what I see them doing is including the barebones front-facing camera facial recognition present on MANY android phones right now, without the pico-projector shenanigans. I wouldn't be so optimistic on the EXTREMELY narrow bezels all around the phone. A lot of daydreaming going on.

12. libra89

Posts: 2289; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I feel the same as you actually. So not going to happen.

20. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Same design as last year with the iPhone x, boring. If other companies get's s**t for it, then i'm going to use that same logic here on Apple.

23. kiko007

Posts: 7499; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

God, you're pathetic.

24. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Coming from the guy who said the exact same thing about Samsung, you're the pathetic one, i'm just mimicking you.

26. kiko007

Posts: 7499; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I did not say anything about the S9, at least not that I can remember anyway. That’s how irrelevant it is to me... I don’t care about how it looks in the slightest. You on the other hand have managed (yet again might I add) to take your Samsung shillings far too seriously. This article has nothing to do with Samsung, or the criticisms aimed at their flagship. Maybe take your head out of your ass and realize the people reading this article aren’t the same people criticizing your beloved Samsung Galaxy A9 or whatever they’re calling their phones now.

28. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Oh yeah it is, it is Apple Sheeps like you and Midan. An obsession with Apple has proven to be very closely linked to a blind hate towards Samsung on this site. You called the Galaxy S9 for "Worthless junk" just to other day, so for someone who supposedly doesn't care about Samsung products, you comment a lot about them and have very strong opinions about them. I'm sure you're going to claim that you didn't mean it, and that it was just some way to piss people off or some other lame excuse, but that doesn't make you look any better. It just means you're even more of an ass if you intentionally try to piss off people you don't even know. "Maybe if you took your head out of you ass" and realise the people reading this kind of article are some of the same people making ridiculous statements in Samsung articles, as indicated by you and Midan. I'm allowed to comment on your Iphone 10s and iPhone se or whatever they're calling them now.

30. kiko007

Posts: 7499; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I said it was worthless junk TO ME, not in general. I don’t find them particularly compelling but that’s not to say you can’t enjoy them. And I’m not always in Samsung articles, I comment on them occasionally, and usually only regarding their strategy. I’d appreciate if you’d stop trying to lump me in with a selection of users you don’t approve of simply because I don’t find the S9 series appealing.

31. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Calling something worthless junk? Really? And you don't associate yourself with Apple sheeps? Ah yes, because rational people call SOME of the objectively best things on the market for "worthless junk". Whatever you say man, no point continuing this conversation.

32. kiko007

Posts: 7499; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Ain’t nothing “objectively” the best anything, bruh. Especially not the S9.

37. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Yeah, there are definitely objective ways to judge smartphones, are you actually this thick? Let me just give an example: benchmarks. Ever heard of them? Let me give you another one: screen measurements. Ever heard of them? Let me give you another: headphone jack sound reproduction. Ever heard of it? Let me give you another: build quality such as IP-ratings. Everd heard of it? Let me give you another: Data speeds. Ever heard of it? There is even more ways than that, and they're all objective. So your statement that "Ain't nothing "objectively" the best anything, bruh" is straight up wrong in so many ways. Furthermore, if you just look at objective metrics such as the ones i mentioned, then the Galaxy S9 is especially interesting, as it is definitely one of the best devices you can find, if you're speaking objectively. Deal with it. I should have stopped answering you in this conversation, but you said something so unbelieveable biased and stupid that i just couldn't, but what else did i honestly expect from you?

33. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Apple sheeps? What do you call your obsession with Samsung, and unhealthy hate of Apple? You are one of the most rabid commentators foaming at the mouth whenever an IPhone article is posted, looking for any chance to bring up Samsung. Not just on this site either, I’ve seen your disqus comments on other sites. How much is Samsung paying you?

25. yonith

Posts: 228; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

So how big of a screen would we expect on an all screen SE 2?

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31269; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If the SE looks like that render...damn! That will be awesome.

29. kotan24

Posts: 311; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

If this is the final design and they price it right is gonna be a homerun for Apple!

34. SmartPhoneMobiles

Posts: 188; Member since: Oct 16, 2016


35. master-mkk

Posts: 214; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

I might be interested in an iPhone for the first time in a while

38. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2240; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

This iPad Pro now has me spoiled with the 120hz refresh rate. I can’t live without it now. A new 6.5 with pro rate would be sick!

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