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Steve Jobs Design Legacy Could Be Phased Out in New iPhone SE

iPhone XR on a table with a Magic Mouse and Magic Keyboard
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In 2018, Apple reinvented the aesthetics of the iPhone by eliminating the home button and adding the face-cam notch. According to YouTuber Jon Prosser, it’s bringing that design to its budget iPhone SE line.

MacRumors reports that in the most recent episode of the podcast Geared Up, Prosser stated, “The SE 4, from what I understand – and I don’t think I’ve said this publicly – is just the iPhone XR.”

For almost a decade, Prosser has reported leaks and rumors regarding Android devices and operating systems. In recent years, he’s delved into Apple-related rumors but has a mixed track record of his predictions coming true.

If Prosser’s report of a new generation of iPhone SE is accurate, it would mean that the budget-friendly iPhone would get a significant upgrade. The current SE model has a 4.7-inch display. Bringing it to XR standards would bump that to at least 6.1 inches. Plus, it would mean a faster processor, a much better camera, and would see the home button finally go the way of the click-wheel. And, if Apple follows precedent, this SE generation will contain the same chipset as the iPhone 13 or 14.

The current generation of the iPhone SE was released in 2022. Like the previous generation, Apple based its design on the iPhone 8. When the current generation of the SE does go away, it will see the end of Steve Jobs’s design legacy on the iPhone form factor introduced as the iPhone 4 in 2010.

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Danny has been a technology journalist since 2008. He served as senior writer, as well as multimedia and home improvement editor at Top Ten Reviews until 2019. Since then, he has been a freelance contributor to Lifewire and ghostwriter for Fit Small Business. His work has also appeared on Laptop Mag, Tom’s Guide, and business.com. Read Full Bio »