Apple iPhone SE 3 render leak shows off an iPhone XR revival

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New renders have surfaced today that are meant to show off the Apple iPhone SE 3 (or iPhone SE 2022, if you prefer). presenter, from TenTechReview and leaker David Kowalski, show off an iPhone that looks a lot like the iPhone XR, but looks very similar to the iPhone 8-style iPhone SE. Now, there are some caveats in here, but let’s first see what the leak says.

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According to new leaks, this year’s phone will be a redesign of the SE 2020 version and will look like a cross between that and the iPhone XR. It will still have a small and compact body, but it will drop the bezel and adopt the notch, possibly with Face ID replacing Touch ID. Going by the renders, it looks like a budget iPhone 13 mini more than anything.

Apple's iPhone SE in white.
David Kowalski / TenTechReview

Crossed wire or a new, similar design?

However, more reputable sources, including Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, say Apple is expected to launch the iPhone SE this year, but that’s not going to make any major changes. The company is expected to launch a bigger iPhone SE next year with a design similar to the iPhone XR, so it is possible that this leak may have crossed the wires by confusing the iPhone SE 2023 dimensions with the iPhone SE 2022 design.

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Plus, it’s not unexpected that Apple will try to integrate the design of its iPhone lineup. The company may be repurposing former iPhone 12 mini components to push FaceID into even cheaper hardware. It’s also worth noting that the iPhone SE has also been whispered about, adopting a similar iPhone XR-style design with side-mounted fingerprint buttons like the iPad Air, but we’ll have until March or April to find out. Gotta wait. Some.

Whatever the case, it’s not just the Apple redesign that’s on the menu. The company is said to be planning to drop the notch from the iPhone 14 this year, despite adopting it on the MacBook Pro. Instead, the company will replace it with a hole-punch and pill shape cutout on the front for Face ID. There’s a lot of strong support for this report, and Apple is expected to debut the new iPhone 14 lineup at its annual Fall event this September.

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