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(Pocket-lint) - The iPhone SE was announced on 15 April 2020. It's essentially the iPhone 8 in terms of design, with the same the aluminium and glass build. And by all accounts, it's been extremely popular already since it's an ideal replacement for those wanting a new Home Button iPhone to replace an ageing model.  

The new phone has been rumoured for at least the last couple of years, but some commentators suggested before its launch that there was going to be a larger iPhone SE Plus version to slot in between this 4.7-inch iPhone and the 6.1-inch iPhone XR.

Now the SE has been launched, rumours continue to swirl that this phone is in the pipeline and we've rounded up all the speculation right here. 

Larger iPhone SE display

  • Between 4.7-inch and 6.1 inches
  • Rumours pointing to 5.5-inches
  • LCD panel

The current Apple iPhone SE has a 4.7-inch display with a 1334 x 750 pixel resolution. Any larger version would slot in between this iPhone and the 6.1-inch iPhone XR.

In other words, it would be a phone with a screen somewhere in between 5 and 6 inches in size, but with a home button and Touch ID like the iPhone SE. Rumours are pointing to 5.5-inches at present. 

The larger SE would no doubt have True Tone so the display will adapt to ambient conditions to give you the best visuals, plus support for Dolby Vision as well as HDR10. 

Larger iPhone SE

  • Same as iPhone SE - 12MP, f/1.8 single rear camera
  • Portrait mode, Portrait Lighting, Smart HDR
  • Up to 4K 60fps video capture

There's a single camera on the iPhone SE 2020. It uses the same sensor as the iPhone 8 but with the smarts of the iPhone 11. It's possible that a larger iPhone SE could have a dual camera, but we think it would probably stick with the single. 

That means it would have the same specs as the SE - see above and the iPhone 11 smarts including all six Portrait Lighting effects and Smart HDR.

Larger iPhone SE core hardware specs

  • Apple A13 Bionic
  • 64/128/256GB storage
  • Wireless charging

The iPhone SE 2 uses the Apple A13 Bionic platform, the same chip that powers the iPhone 11. Next year's SE Plus will probably stick with this as well as the 64/128/256GB storage options from the current model. 

Like the iPhone SE it will no doubt also support wireless charging, fast charging, Wi-Fi 6, Gigabit LTE and support for dual SIM using eSIM.

Apple iPhone SE Plus rumours: What's happened so far?

Here are all the rumours surrounding the iPhone SE Plus so far. 

22 June 2020: Apple shows off the new iOS 14

Apple showed off its next big update to iOS. Called iOS 14, it'll have numerous enhancements including a redesigned home screen with live widgets and an App Library. There are also cycling directions in Maps, a new Translate app and digital car keys. Plus App Clips will enable you to use apps quickly without a large download.

21 April 2020: A Plus-sized iPhone SE will now debut in 2021

Because of the global situation, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF Securities suggests that the larger iPhone SE Plus will debut in 2021 instead of later in 2020. 

16 March 2020: iPhone SE Plus coming with a 5.5-inch screen

It appears Apple may be planning to launch a 'Plus'-size model of the iPhone SE. Basically, this would replace the now-discontinued iPhone 8 Plus - there's now no large screen 'cheaper' iPhone aside from the XR. 

14 January 2020: Longer screen and Face ID?

Just to put a cat in amongst the pigeons, this rumour goes directly against the current thinking and suggests we won't see a Touch ID sensor on an iPhone SE Plus, but a longer screen and Face ID instead. We're not sure about this one. 

5 December 2019: As well as the iPhone SE, there will be an iPhone SE Plus 

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF Securities says that Apple will launch the iPhone SE2 Plus in the first half of 2021 and predicts the display size will be 5.5 or 6.1-inch. However, he suggests the Touch ID will be part of the power button on the side which doesn't fit with what we now know about the iPhone SE (2020).

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Writing by Dan Grabham. Originally published on 22 April 2020.