Design based on the iPhone 12 mini
Let’s start with the design. The concept itself was designed to capture the customer’s expectations and the nature of the equipment. We focused on the most important things, and eliminated technologies that would be too expensive to produce.
The shapes are inspired by the iPhone 12 mini as well as the overall size, which is identical. If Apple introduced the 3rd generation iPhone SE, its body should have flat edges as well as the rest of the models. The main design difference is the elimination of the front notch and its replacement with a round hole for the camera.
To keep the 3rd generation iPhone SE affordable, Apple would have to give up the Face ID system and use the Touch ID in the lock button instead. A similar solution is offered today by the 4th generation iPad Air, and we can confirm that it works well. In addition, users would appreciate it in times of pandemics.
Quality 5.4″ OLED display
As you know, the current generation of the iPhone SE is far from the most modern display among the competition. It relies on LCD, which is no longer a trend nowadays. Apple could work on this and offer the successor a more popular OLED display unit. It may not be nearly as good as the iPhone 12 mini. But it should be based on high resolution, accurate colors and a 5.4 „diagonal.
The display is also related to the overall design of the device. He would get rid of the top and bottom forehead and instead there would be thin frames. The hearing aid is located between the aluminum chassis and the OLED display.
12 Mpx wide angle camera
Apple has been focusing on photo quality for many years. The 3rd generation iPhone SE must offer adequate capabilities in this area. Although Apple would save here by using just one lens, it could reach 12MP and the latest f / 1.6 technology (as in the iPhone 12 mini).
The shots would be of a high standard and would be sufficient for everyday use. This is exactly what the iPhone SE is, after all, generally designed for. Its target group is not professionals but ordinary users who do not need the most modern and advanced camera systems.
A14 Bionic a 4G
Under the hood of an low priced iPhone, there wuold be the most powerful A14 Bionic chip (5nm) combined with 4GB of RAM. If Apple decided to go this way, it would have to give up the expensive 5G antenna, which is one of the most expensive items in the production of the iPhone 12 mini.
However, the support of standard 4G does not interfere with most owners and from our point of view would be „ideal“ especially in countries where 5G is not yet supported. In terms of storage, we estimate it at 64GB, 128GB and 256GB as we do today.
In the end, the most important thing is how much would this model cost. Due to the difference compared to the iPhone SE 2nd generation, Apple would have to increase the price.
Such a smartphone would simply not sell for $ 399 (€ 479) because it would be too strong a competitor for the iPhone 12 mini, starting at $ 699 (€ 799). On the other hand, it could still be an advantageous and less equipped alternative. If they offered the basic 64GB version in Cupertine for $ 499 (€ 579), it would be an interesting offer.
The customer would pay $ 549 (€ 629) for the larger 128GB model and $ 649 (€ 729) for the largest 256GB version. It would still be beneficial for both parties.
It’s just a concept
At the very end, here are a few words from our newsroom. Everything we’ve described above is based solely on our ideas of what the 3rd generation iPhone SE might look like in the future. This is how we imagine a modern and affordable model in 2021.
As usual, the visualizations may not be fulfilled in the final, but they can also be very accurate. Write us in the comment what you think about it and whether you would like such an iPhone SE 3. We will be happy for any of your observations and contributions to the debate.