iPhone SE 4 With Face ID Said to Be Priced Below $500

Apple is targeting a sub-$500 starting price for its upcoming fourth-generation iPhone SE model despite a raft of rumored upgrades coming to the more affordable device.

According to leaker Revegnus on X, the U.S. launch price of the fourth-generation iPhone SE will either remain at the same $429 starting price as the current model, or will see an increase of around 10%. Either way, Apple's intention is to keep the price below $500.

Last week, The Information reported that Apple plans to release a redesigned iPhone SE in the spring of 2025 that will remain the "cheaper" option in Apple's iPhone lineup. The design is said to be similar to the standard iPhone 14, which means Touch ID and the Home button will be replaced by Face ID and a display notch.

Along the same lines, the iPhone SE 4 could have an OLED display rather than LCD, and the display size will increase from 4.7 inches to 6.1 inches. Other rumored features for the next iPhone SE include a USB-C port and an Action button.

The panel prices for the iPhone SE 4 are said to be a lot lower than suppliers charge for the OLED displays used in the iPhone 15, since the panels for the SE will use legacy parts identical to those used in the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14, so the suppliers won't need to make new investments in R&D. Display manufacturers are believed to have been bidding to supply the panels since at least last August.

The third-generation iPhone SE was released in March 2022, so there is likely to be pent-up demand for a new model that includes some of the latest features of Apple's flagship iPhone models. For everything else we know about the iPhone SE 4, check our dedicated roundup.

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Top Rated Comments

kiranmk2 Avatar
4 weeks ago
This raises a question I've been pondering for a while. Who is the "regular" iPhone for? The iPhone SE looks like it will gain an all-screen front with FaceID and presumably the latest chip and presumably lack the multiple cameras and dynamic island. At the same time, those who want the best cameras and performance will be drawn to the Pro line up. I'm struggling to see who in 2025 will walk into an Apple shop and opt to pay $300 more than the SE for an ultrawide camera and dynamic island ...
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Takeo Avatar
4 weeks ago
Sticking with my iPhone 12 mini until it’s no longer supported
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Saturn007 Avatar
4 weeks ago
6.1”?! Laughable.

Far too big. iPhone SE 4 = ❌ ?

The iPhone SE 2016 remains a gem! Small form factor, light, easily held in the hand, a real home button (none of that haptic nonsense), no ridiculous notch, pocketable (!) and a treat to use.

Oh, well. That ship has sailed. Too bad.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Slippery Gimp Avatar
4 weeks ago
I used to upgrade every two years, but I’ve stayed with my iPhone 12 since I got it. I’ll be keeping an eye on the next few months. I just don’t get excited about iPhones as much as I used to.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kerplunknet Avatar
4 weeks ago
The only reason I’ve purchased iPhone SE every generation is because:
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* The display didn’t use PWM (flickering)
* The form factor was smaller and lightweight

Now that those two things will not be true, there is absolutely no reason to buy this. If I wanted to torture my eyes, I’d just get the 15 Pro.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheNewLou Avatar
4 weeks ago
Entry level phone

$500

Ii honestly don't know what I'm going to do. I don't want Android, with Google tracking everything I do. I don't feel like $500 is an entry level price for a phone. I don't want AI and other bloat that just sucks the life out of the phone's RAM & CPU & GPU.

I don't want a photos app that sucks CPU scanning every image I take, giving me worthless facts that are turning into links & ads. (EDIT: The Maps app, too, is getting more ad friendly. Oh, and the Weather app is also designed to have ads someday. It's all so depressing.)

I just want a phone with contacts, calendar, photos, music (my collection, not a subscription), a few apps, & a browser.

Is the Linux community working on a phone/tablet interface?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)